Man, this game was a hard one to watch. It may look like a close 4-3 game, but it definitely didn’t feel like it.
This entire game had a vibe about it. From A-Rod coming out of the game after just a half of an inning, to having Moeller behind the plate with Burnett coming off a rough outing in Toronto. You see a lineup that ends up featuring Pena hitting 4th, and a 8-9 of Thames and Moeller. Throw an ice cold Posada in and the fact that it’s getaway day and you’ve got yourself a rough game.
I don’t know if there was a glare or something coming in from center field, but both Moeller AND Cervelli looked horrible behind the plate tonight. Aside from the cross up that Moeller and Burnett had, the catchers flat out missed a few balls that should have been caught. At one point Mike Harkey came out and yelled at them.
Speaking of Burnett, he needs to get his fastball under control. He couldn’t locate anything. On top of that, in total, Burnett hit 3 batters. Just so happened 1 of those HBP ended up being a K instead. Goes to show ya what kind of shape the Orioles are in. Bad AJ was out there, yet he kept them in the game through 6 innings.
Offensively, other than Cano continuing his great first half by extending his hitting streak to 4 games, there wasn’t much to get excited about. They just couldn’t put much together against the rookie, Jake Arrieta, in his first major league start. Swisher hit the ball hard a few times but carried an 0-fer. Granderson got a triple that should have been ruled a double.