Sunday, June 8, 2008

O's-Jays, Great Scott - Not So Great Albers

Radhames Liz didn't quite pitch as well as he did against the Twins, losing control of his fastball for stretches at a time. It was a lot like watching Daniel Cabrera a few years ago, but with a solid change-up. Despite not pitching all that well (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K) and only throwing 55 of 91 pitches for strikes, Liz still left the game with a 4-2 lead thanks mostly to the contributions of Luke Scott (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Remember how I said that Scott should be able to replace Miguel Tejada's offense (at least, I think I said that here somewhere - I thought it in any case)? Well (through the games ending 6/7), Scott has an OPS of .809 (266 / 351 / 458, 7 HR) and Tejada has an OPS of .808 (304 / 336 / 472, 7 HR). Everything was looking good for a sweep, until Matt Albers came in. A home run, walk, double, and sac fly quickly gave the lead back, and more, and the Jays pen didn't even bend today. The O's lose 5-4, with former Oriole BJ Ryan picking up the save. Still, that's back-to-back road series victories for the Birds before the head to Boston. Even if they get swept there, it will still have been an OK road-trip.

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