Wade Miley pitched a good game for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. A very good game. Miley’s line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (0 earned), 1 BB, 3 K. The problem was that Toronto’s Estrada didn’t just pitch well (like Miley did). He pitched in an unbeatable manner.
The O’s couldn’t muster nary anything off of Estrada. To his credit, he pitched to the strike zone that was set out by the umpire – as opposed to what he thought the strike zone should be. But in a certain sense, the O’s are lucky they were able to get a hit off of Estrada.
In games like these, unfortunately someone has to be the hard-luck loser. And today it was Miley. But save for one bad pitch, it was through no fault of his own per se. He retired the first two hitters in the game, and had the third in essence retired on a semi-routine ground ball to Schoop at second. However Schoop bobbled the ball twice, and had to eat it – allowing a runner to reach base.
Following a subsequent single, Travis smacked a curve ball over the left field fence, giving Toronto a 3-0 lead. If you’re going to commit an error, doing so with two outs and nobody on is the way to go. But as we saw today, even that can snowball. As I said above when I gave Miley’s pitching line, all three of those runs were unearned.
They were also all that Toronto needed. At the time, you felt that perhaps the O’s had a shot at coming back given the power their lineup represents. But Estrada shut Oriole bats down all day long. Adam Jones smacked a solo homer in the last of the fourth, but other than that the bats were fairly quiet and the Birds fell 3-1.
Incidentally, that home run was Jones’ 124th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He’s now tied with Raffy Palmeiro for the most all-time homers at the ballpark. Buck Showalter commented on this after the game (quote courtesy of Mandy Bell and Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com):
Think about all the people who have played here in the past 26 years. He’s going to be hard to catch. He’s such a post-up guy. He comes in here and very quietly has thee hits. But he’s got really great recuperative power, and he loves to play. He knows how much we depend on him. He doesn’t shirk that responsibility. I don’t think it surprises anybody, but it’s a reminder of how good he’s been for a long period of time here.
While you never want to lose games, the Birds took two-of-three from Toronto this weekend. If you keep winning series’, you’re going to find yourself in good shape. Especially when your next opponent is playing a doubleheader at home to make up a rain out today before flying to Baltimore late this evening.
And the opponent I referenced are the Minnesota Twins, who come to Camden Yards for the first of three tomorrow night. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start for the O’s, however Minnesota has not yet announced a starter for game one. (Presumably due to the doubleheader.) Game time is set for just after 7 PM tomorrow evening.