Saturday, September 19, 2009

Boston Invades Camden Yards -- Again; They Take The First Contest of Three Game Set

For the second night in a row, the Baltimore Orioles offense was listless, and in the end, the more-than-likely-playoff bound Boston Red Sox, upended them, 3-1. Young Clay Buchholz pitched his way to victory number three on the season as he went six innings and gave up a run on five hits. Jonathan Papelbon earned the save, his 37th.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie, who has struggled throughout the season, took his 15th loss of the year, which leads all of baseball. Guthrie was not terrible, but against a very strong Buchholz, he just didn't get the job done. He labored through 5 2/3 innings, and gave up three runs -- off a Casey Kotchman RBI-single in the second inning, a Jason Bay homer in the fourth -- a solo shot, and Jacoby Ellsbury plated in a run in the sixth inning.

Luke Scott looks to have finally gotten hot as he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second, his 23rd; however, that was all the offense Baltimore could really muster.On the night, the Orioles weren't terrible, but the Red Sox found ways to execute and create opportunities when they needed to against Guthrie. One must consider that the Baltimore offense has been sapped of much of it's firepower due to Adam Jones being hurt, Aubrey Huff being traded, and Melvin Mora's average, RBIs, and power all but being sapped, the Orioles will more than likely have their hands full against premium teams.

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