Sunday, April 22, 2012

One bad inning kills Arrieta and Orioles; Valentine and the Red Sox

One lousy inning on Saturday befell Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles and there was little they could do to dig out of it. In the end, they would lose their second straight game to the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 6-3.

The Orioles were up 2-0 in the fifth inning and Arrieta had been cruising through the game. It looked like that he would cruise to his second victory of the season; however, his start would fall to pieces.

The frame started off with Torii Hunter reaching base, but then advanced to third off an errant pickoff throw. He was driven in by Mark Trumbo, and then Angels tied the game at two via a bases-loaded single by Erick Aybar.

The Angels were not done with the scoring, as Bobby Abreu plated in two runs with the bases loaded again, raising the score to 4-2. Thereafter, Kendry Morales made the score  5-2 with a bases loaded single.

Even though the Orioles were down by three at that point, the game might as well have been over.

Arrieta only lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. It was quite shocking to see him fall apart in the fifth inning, considering how well he was doing. For the first half of the game, it looked as if he and Waver were going to be involved in a duel; however, it was not to be. It was like Arrieta just lost it and could not get things back into check.

Jered Weaver won his third game of the season, as he mastered the Orioles, striking out five and walking none.
Of course, the Orioles had yet another error – this time by Mark Reynolds in the seventh inning that led to another run for the Angels. They have committed 15 errors – in 15 games. That is inexcusable.

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