August 25, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (23) pitches in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
I'm starting to understand why losing ballgame recaps are so short. Brandon Morrow's return was a touch bitter sweet as it's not the same team he left over two months ago. He started off well striking out 3 out of the 1st 5 batters. Threw some really sharp sliders and hit 97 mph on the radar gun. Things didn't go so well in the 3rd when he deflected a possible double play ball for an infield hit to start off and then Yunel Escobar played back on a grounder by Adam Jones to short for an error. The Orioles would score 2 unearned runs in the 3rd. Brandon kept things tied till the 5th when he gave up a two run single to Adam Jones. He ended up with 4 2/3 innings 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 1 BB, 1HBP and 7Ks.
The Offense, outside of Edwin Encarnacion, was offensive. The Jays actually had a lead early on (a theme for much of this now 7 game losing streak.) A two out BB to Jose Bautista in the 1st and then EE smashed one deep to LF. That was it. On top of the sad state of affairs was that Jose had to be taken out of the game for wrist soreness. The less said about the 3 caught stealing the better. A crappy night for the batters.
Chad "Leeroy" Jenkins took one for the team as he pitched the rest of the way (Aaron Loup gave up a hit to his only batter) and got lit up for the remaining 4 runs. A bright note, Chris Davis did not homer. On a sadder note, the rest of the Orioles did hit led by J.J.Hardy who smacked a two run home run.
Jay of the Day: No surprise, EE. He and Jose Bautista were the only ones to have a positive WPA.
Suckage Jays of the Day: How about the rest of the team? Except Morrow because he came back.
Tomorrow: Can they score and hold a freaking lead? Alvarez vs Tillman.