Friday, May 15, 2009

O's-Royals, Greinke Rocked For One Run

Nothing like a good baseball game to make up for a long, long day. Even after a two and a half hour rain delay.

The Orioles send Adam Eaton to the mound in the second game of their four game set in Kansas City, and the Royals counter with Zach Greinke. Greinke is having a fantastic season and is working on a 13 inning scoreless streak after having a 38 inning streak broken up earlier this year. A strike-out rate of 10 K/9 combined with a walk rate of 1.36 BB/9 and no home runs allowed results in a FIP of just 1.51 (so he hasn't even been all that lucky - his BABIP is only a moderately low .273, and batters are still only hitting .185 against him). Let's just say it was pretty smart of the Royals to sign him to a four year contract this off-season ($38 M).

Top 1:
  • Nice start for the O's as Brian Roberts draws a walk.
  • Nasty slider under Izturis' hands gets him swinging.
  • Greinke just misses outside with a 96 mph fastball after getting a 77 mph curveball over for strike two. No wonder he has an 0.51 ERA. Another slider inside gets Markakis swinging.
  • Aubrey Huff singles into short left-field.
  • Melvin Mora flies out to right, and Greinke's scoreless streak moves to 14 innings.
Bottom 1:
  • Coco Crisp grounds out to first.
  • David DeJesus singles under the glove of a diving Mora at third.
  • Billy Butler gets a slider/cut-fastball in the middle of the plate and lines it into left-field for a double.
  • Nice job by Eaton to get Mike Jacobs swinging, though the batter certainly helped him out by swinging at a high curveball.
  • Jose Guillen unloads on a hanging curveball, but luckilly he gets out in front of it and pulls it foul. Just a 420 foot strike. Next pitch he hits a little knubber that gets through the right-side of the infield for a single. Two runs score and the Royals have a 2-0 lead.
  • Mark Teahan flies out to left to end the inning. Those two runs may very well hold up though.
Top 2:
  • Luis Montanez grounds a ball up the middle for a single.
  • Nolan Reimold hits a check swing roller to short that KC turn two on.
  • Gregg Zaun does a good job laying off some tough pitches and draws a walk.
  • Felix Pie grounds out to first.
Bottom 2:
  • Pie takes a less than effecient route, but is able to run down a deep flyball to center off the bat of Alberto Callaspo.
  • Miguel Olivo also flies out to deep center.
  • Willie Bloomquist hits a soft liner to second. Relatively quick inning for Eaton.
Top 3:
  • Roberts hits a lead-off double into deep right-field.
  • Izturis strikes out swinging again.
  • Brian steals third, though the ball beat him to the bag.
  • Nick takes a fastball below the knees for a called strike, has a little talk with the umpire, and then can be seen on camera mouthing "wow" a couple of times. It was a bad call, and it may have cost him as he flies out to short left on a 3-1 pitch.
  • Huff lines a single to left to bring in the first O's run of the game.
  • Mora serves a single into right-field with Huff moving over to third.
  • Montanez puts a charge into one, but Crisp is able to run it down at the warning track.
Bottom 3:
  • Crisp pops out to short left-center.
  • Nice fastball on the inside corner gets DeJesus looking.
  • Butler grounds out to short to end the inning.
Top 4:
  • Reimold flies out to deep right-center.
  • Zaun grounds out to short.
  • Pie flies out. Still 2-1, Royals.
Bottom 4:
  • Mike Jacobs extends the KC lead with a homer to dead center-field.
  • Guillen grounds out to second.
  • Teahan lines a single into right-center.
  • Callaspo draws a walk.
  • Olvio deep and gone to left. 6-1 Royals, and with Greinke on the mound this one is pretty much over.
  • Eaton's able to get out of the inning without any futher damage, vut Mark Hendrickson is warming in the pen.
Top 5:
  • Roberts reaches first on a wild pitch strike-out, but the Orioles can't take advantage. Would you call that a 1-2-3-4 inning?
Bottom 5:
  • Eaton's still in there. He gives up a run on three singles, but hopefully he can save the bullpen a little. Though, he has already thrown 112 pitches. That'll probably be his last inning.
Top 6:
  • Three up, three down go the O's.
Bottom 6:
  • Hendrickson comes out for the sixth and retires the Royals in order.
Top 7:
  • Roberts picks up his second hit of the day, but Greinke K's a pair and leaves him stranded.
Bottom 7:
  • Hendrickson strikes out the side but also gives up a run on three hits.
Top 8:
  • Juan Cruz retires the Orioles in order.
Bottom 8:
  • Another 1-2-3 inning.
Top 9:
  • Kyle Farnsworth closes things out.
The O's lose 8-1. It wasn't exactly unexpected given the pitching match-up (Eaton: 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR; Greinkie: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K). Tomorrow - or later today, I guess - Rich Hill will make his Orioles debut. I'm excited to see what he can do.

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