Friday, April 25, 2008

O's Win Last Night, 8-7; Wither Loewen?

Last night, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-7, in the Emerald City to take their second series in a row. Brian Roberts went 2-for-4 and made the difference by homer in the eighth inning to break up the tie. Chad Bradford (2-1) got the win in relief, while George Sherill earned his league-tying eighth save.

Rookie Adam Jones had a big night as he was 3-for-4, with a huge bases-clearing double in the seventh to rally Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles came back to lead in the seventh; however, Ichiro Suzuki belted a two-run homer to tie the game until Roberts’ heroics.

For Seattle, Jose Vidro added a pair of RBI, while Yuniesky Betancourt had three hits and scored twice.

Mariners’ starter, Jarrod Washburn gave up two runs on six hits in five innings in the no decision and was in line for the win until the bullpen coughed it up. Sean Green (1-1) was dealt the loss as he gave up the game-winning run via Roberts’ homer.

Since we were on the topic of Cabrera yesterday and his sudden success, how do you all feel about Loewen? Once again he got hit hard, and the tall lefty ended up on the bench after a short outing (2 2/3 innings) where he gave up five earned runs. I am going to give him some slack because of his competitive nature & coming back from injury; however, he has not sense of command on the mound and he’s just leaving everything over the plate.

Loewen has not given me enough to believe in during the first month of the season. At this point, I figure it would not hurt to give him a few more chances starting, but at some point (assuming he does not improve), when is the white flag raised? Do we send him to the bullpen, or let him work out his issues in the minors?

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1 comment:

N. said...

It sounds like Loewen's been injured a little since the beginning of the season. Little tweaks here and there, which has screwed up his delivery and release point, so he has velocity on the fast ball, but no location. He has been loathe, understandably, to miss a start - coming back from injury, still young and unproven - so he's tried to gut through it. But it sounds like he's getting checked ouot today. So - I think bringing Albers in for his next start and having him skip a turn will, hopefully, give him somoe healing time.

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