Monday, April 8, 2013

Orioles drop three straight after a loss to the Red Sox

BOSTON - The Baltimore Orioles (3-4) had not lost three straight since July of last season, but after a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox (5-2) at Fenway Park today, that losing streak would rear it's ugly head once again. Clay Buchholz notched the win for the Sox pitching seven innings, allowing just three hits, no runs, and striking out eight. Daniel Nava put the Red Sox on the board with a three run homer in the seventh inning.

The game started off as a pitchers duel, Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and wouldn't allow a run until Nava's homer in the seventh. After Nava's homer Chen was pulled for relief pitcher Tommy Hunter who pitched the remaining innings and allowed no hits.

After Buchholz's dominating performance, Andrew Bailey entered the game for relief in the eighth inning for the Red Sox. He struck out two and allowed no hits in an innings work. Joel Hanrahan closed the game out for the Sox and despite giving up a home run to Adam Jones and a double to JJ Hardy he was able to retire Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and Ryan Flaherty to get the save for the Red Sox.

Steve Pearce struck out in the seventh inning.
Steve Pearce strikes out in the 7th.
Flaherty hit in the eighth spot today and DH Steve Pearce hit in the ninth spot. Both have been somewhat of a disappointment this season as they have zero hits through a combined twenty four at-bats this season. Today the tandem was 0-7 with three strikeouts. Many wonder if they will be sent down to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides soon to work out the kinks. Normally the pair wouldn't be getting this many at-bats, but with injuries to Brian Roberts (knee), Nolan Reimold (hamstring), and Wilson Betemit (PCL tear) the Orioles have had to look to their bench for at-bats.

Orioles first basemen Chris Davis also went hit-less today, but did get on base twice drawing walks both times. O's catcher Matt Wieters struggled at the plate as well going 0-3 with a walk. He did add another defensive play to his highlight reel, throwing out Red Sox OF Shane Victorino in the fourth inning as he was trying to steal second base. Wieters is making a name for himself as one of the catchers in baseball as he has thrown out four of five players attempting to steal on him this season.

Both teams are off tomorrow and will resume play on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start for the Orioles while Ryan Dempster will get the start for the Red Sox.

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