Remember when we were hitting, for a couple of weeks, and games were fun? That seems to have ended.
Again, one bad inning cost us a game.
Clayton Richard got through the first 3 innings with just a single and a walk again. Then came the fourth.
It started with a Justin Smoak error. Smoak, I felt, went after a ground ball that was would been a much easier play for the second baseman. He knocked it down but couldn’t corral it for a throw to the pitcher covering first. I would have been a much easier play for Biggio to make and throw to first. The next batter, Renato Nunez homered.
That was followed by a double off the bottom of the center field wall. I thought that Teoscar Hernandez gave up on it too early, I thought it was catchable. And then a ground ball to Vladimir Guerrero, that he dived for, spun, but dropped on the transfer for our second error of the game. A single and a double scored two more before we had our first out. And one more run would score. 5 runs in the inning, 2 earned. Clayton got hit hard in the inning, but a he could have been helped by his defense.
In all Clayton went 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, 3 earned (the Orioles scored one off him in the sixth), 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
Nick Kingham allowed 2 runs in this 2.2 innings of work.
Charlie brought Derek Law into the game with 1 out left and us down 8-1. Why? I have no idea. Law walked a batter and got a strikeout.
Offensively, we only had 3 hits in 7 innings against Andrew Cashner. Cashner had a very good June, with a 1.44 ERA in 4 starts, and we got to see why today.
We got a run against him in the 4th. Vlad singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Biggio.
Beyond that we did nothing. Three singles total. One each for Vlad, Biggio and Luke Maile.
Vlad was taken out of the game in the 8th inning. I think it was just to let him rest, since the game was long over and let Jonathan Davis get into a game.
No Jays of the Days.
Richard had the Suckage number (-.260), but some of that was because the bad defense. You could give one to our batting order as well.
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