Milwaukee in theory is a team against who the Baltimore Orioles and Wade Miley should have stacked up well. Of late the Brew Crew’s been a power-hitting club, which is of course what the Orioles are. However for yesterday’s purposes they turned back into a small ball team, which enabled them to hand it to Miley and his teammates early on. Miley’s line: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K.
Milwaukee put four runs up in the first inning before the crowd had even settled in. Three came on RBI-singles, and one on a force out which scored a run. That pretty much set the tone for the game, and afterwards Miley to his credit admitted that he never gave the O’s a shot in the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
A loss is a loss, man. I didn’t give us a chance. I pretty much blew that one early on. The first and second inning, let them get out to a big lead like that and set the tempo for the other team. That can’t happen. It can’t continue to happen. Some adjustments have to be made. I don’t know.
Milwaukee would add a sac fly-RBI in the last of the second, followed by an RBI-double off the bat of Pina. Ironically, the Orioles’ lone run of the day came as a result of a third inning groundout by Jimmy Yacabonis, who relieved Miley in the second inning. Go figure that one out; a relief pitcher who in essence is a farmhand tallied the Orioles’ only run. But having said that, it’s worth mentioning that it was Yacabonis’ first big league RBI.
Milwaukee got that run back however in the last of the third on Suter’s RBI-single. Yes folks, even the pitcher got into the act. But this was no ordinary RBI-single. First off Suter played the old “butcher boy” routine and feinted a bunt. Instead he rolled over a slow grounder in the infield, which he beat out for a base hit at first base. The Orioles then threw to third base to get the runner Arcia, who over slid the base…
…and the sick thing is that they had Arcia out – twice. Once at third (where a good throw would have nailed him), and then again when he got up and stupidly tried to go home. I say stupidly because he was dead in the water, so says conventional wisdom. However on one of the rundown throws, Yacabonis stepped in front of a ball that should have been caught by the catcher Castillo. The momentary confusion was just enough for Arcia to swing his way around the pack and score without nary a tag.
That’s pretty much how things went for the Orioles yesterday. My personal opinion was that they had a legitimate case that Arcia was out of the base paths, however that wasn’t contested. Now one very positive note is that after that play in the last of the third, Milwaukee was kept off the scoreboard. The Orioles’ bullpen was strong yesterday, albeit in a losing effort.
The Birds will try to even the series this afternoon on the Fourth of July. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.