Arrieta Hit Hard, but O's Bats Hit Harder
Sadly, the O’s string of seven consecutive quality starts came to an end on Tuesday night. Strangely enough, that didn’t stop the Birds from spanking the Cleveland Indians 14-8 at Progressive Field.
One day removed from winning on a Monday night for the first time this season, the Orioles scored a season-high 14 runs to improve to 7-1 under Buck Showalter. It’s simply amazing…
Starter Jake Arrieta was nearly unhittable early on, but after surrendering a run in the third, Arrieta was tagged for five runs in the fourth inning. Showalter kept him in the game, and Arrieta was rewarded with a win after allowing six runs on six hits through six innings, while walking two and striking out three.
Though the starting pitching wasn’t quite up to par, the Birds offense battled back and stole the show on Tuesday night. The Orioles posted three straight multi-run innings (four on the night), and tied a season-best with six runs crossing the plate in the eighth. Four O’s went deep in the victory: Felix Pie, Matt Wieters, Corey Patterson and Luke Scott all used the long ball to put runs on the board. In the eighth inning, the team hit for the cycle before an out was recorded: Felix Pie led off with a double before Wieter’s long drive scored them both. Corey Patterson followed with a triple and came around to score on Cesar Izturis’ single. Luke Scott finished the monster inning with a three-run bomb.
The O’s could guarantee a third straight winning series with a victory on Wednesday night. Brad Bergesen takes the mound for the Birds…Go O’s!