After winning the first two games against the Rays in the three game series, the Orioles ran into a brick wall on a cool Easter Sunday. The Tampa offense came alive and they beat Baltimore, 11-3.
It was ugly as Adam Eaton -- who Ihad very little confidence in -- lasted only four innings and gave up four earned runs. He labored through the start, and by the time it was all over, Eaton threw 100 pitches in his outing; moreover, he was all over the place and found himself in trouble again and again. One would think if Eaton has another outing or two like this, he won't be an Oriole for long.
If Eaton was bad, his replacement was even worse. Brian Bass who was horrible on Wednesday, sucked badly on Easter as he became Baltimore's sacrifical lamb as he went 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on right hits all earned -- including four home runs. Dennis Sarfate closed out the game by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Orioles made things fun as they scored twice off reliever Grant Balfour in the ninth -- who could not get anyone out and was charged with three runs given up; however, J.P. Howell saved the Rays and finished out the game. Adam Jones continued his hot start with two hits, and Luke Scott along with Felix Pie each drove in a run with bases loaded walks.