Sunday, April 13, 2008

O's-Rays, D-Cab Stops The Skid

I discussed Daniel Cabrera's pitching already, but he did a solid job (6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K). The offense didn't get much going, scoring the first two runs via double play and then gift double. I'm concerned by the amount of power Nick Markakis and Adam Jones are going to show. Nick is taking what the pitchers are giving him and serving the ball into left field. That is certainly better than grounding to second on a ball away from him, but he won't be able to hit many home runs to the opposite field. Adam Jones is still hitting too many balls on the ground. While there's nothing Nick can do to improve his situation (maybe hit .400 with 3 HR) but I hope Jones will get more lift under the ball soon.

Jamie Walker was brought in the face Carl Crawford in the seventh and got him out. Then Walker came out to face Carlos Pena in the eighth. I called a game-tying home run from Pena off of Jamie (just like in the game before) and Carlos didn't let me down. That made it 2-2, and Daniel's good start would not result in a win. He was able to get out of the inning without any further damage. After two quick outs by Trevor Miller, righty Dan Wheeler was brought in to face Ramon Hernandez. My friend called a go-ahead home run, and Ramon didn't let us down. He sent a ball deep to left, and it was 3-2 O's. George Sherrill came in for the ninth and had another 1-2-3 inning, ending the game with an Iwomura K. That's Sherrill's league leading 5th save, and the team gets back in the win column. They are 7-4 now. I don't think Jamie Walker will be seeing Carlos Pena very often from now on.

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