Friday, July 2, 2010

About Last Night; Josh Bell Debuts, Stuffage

The Orioles closed out their final homestand before the All-Star break with a loss to the Oakland Athletics, 8-1.

Baltimore didn’t do much in the loss as Jake Arrieta got hammered again on the mound, the bullpen could not stop the bleeding (Frank Mata and Matt Albers), the defense was shaky (two errors and Corey Patterson fell trying catch a flyball) and the offense could not touch Oakland pitcher Trevor Cahill.

The Orioles are now 24-54 on the season.

Last night’s game was notable because fans got to see their first look at prospect Josh Bell in his first appearance on the major league level. For most, his announcement was a surprise and left many wondering why he was brought up from Norfolk; however, the Orioles needed an extra player due to the Luke Scott injury and Felix Pie was deemed not ready to play for big league club yet.

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