Sunday, April 11, 2010

Millwood Solid on the Mound; O's Lose Again to Cap Off a Bad Week...

For the Orioles, it’s been well .. a bad week. Aside from the Sunday curse continuing, the Opening week ended with a disappointing thud as the Blue Jays won this afternoon, 5-2, to complete the weekend sweep.

Until the seventh inning, all was good on a nice, sunny day in Baltimore. Ace Kevin Millwood, who was making his first start at Camden Yards as a member of the Orioles, showed why the top brass thought so highly of him to make a trade with Texas in the off-season.

For 7 2/3 innings, Millwood (0-1) was the man on the mound and held a 2-1 lead for Baltimore; however, back-to-back homers by Toronto’s Jose Bautista (a 2-run shot) and Alex Gonzalez (solo) did the Orioles in.

The Jays added an insurance runs and put the nail in the coffin on Sunday as Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer to give the Jays 5-2 lead.

Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the year.

Baltimore got on the board in the first inning, 2-0, thanks to an RBI-double by Miguel Tejada and a Luke Scott RBI-groundout. After that, the Orioles were handcuffed by the Jays and would not score after that.

Despite getting nine hits, the Orioles were once again stymied on the offensive front, going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Shawn Marcum – who started the game for Toronto – earned the no-decision, and Casey Janssen (who pitched in relief during the 7th inning) got the win. He is 3-0 on the season.

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