Orioles Come In To Town On A Slide

After starting the season 3-0 against the lackluster Minnesota Twins, the presumed “real” Baltimore Orioles  showed up for their intra-division series against New York falling 0-3 to the Yankees which included blowing a 4-1 lead on Tuesday to lose 5-4 in extra innings.  Most pre-season talking heads have Baltimore finishing in last place again this season, and a 3-game losing streak is what the Jays like to see from their opponent coming into town.

The Blue Jays themselves are riding a mini 2 game streak themselves though in the positive direction.  If not for a haphazard 9th inning on Monday, though, it could be a larger 5 game streak.  Even though the bats aren’t firing on all cylinders just yet, Jose Bautista is only 4 for 23 with 1 home run sporting an average of .174 over the first 6 games, the Blue Jays are getting the timely hits from un-expected sources.  Rajai Davis was lights out in the matinee Wednesday, and Edwin Encarnacion tore the cover off the ball Wednesday night.  As long as the arms continue to fire well, as Ricky Romero did in the finale against Boston, it only takes a couple runs to win the game.

Baltimore will send Tommy Hunter to the mound who went 7 innings allowing only 2 unearned runs against Minnesota on Saturday.  He allowed 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk over that span.  Toronto counters with Brandon Morrow, also making his 2nd appearance of the season.  Morrow started the 12-inning second game of the season against Cleveland where he also gave up 2 unearned runs, only allowing 1 hit over 7 innings.  In 12 career starts against Baltimore, Morrow is 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA.

Baseball North News

A “programming note” of sorts, this weekend a new series will debut on Baseball North, “Remember Them” will feature a different Blue Jay from the past every week starting with 1982-1984 backup catcher Geno Petralli.  Watch for the debut this weekend at baseballnorth.weebly.com


Baltimore Orioles (3-3)

  1. Reimold, N – LF (.238)
  2. Hardy, J – SS (.200)
  3. Markakis, N – RF (.238)
  4. Jones, A – CF (.292)
  5. Wieters, M – C (.364)
  6. Betemit, W – 3B (.188)
  7. Reynolds, M – DH (.176)
  8. Davis, C – 1B (.267)
  9. Andino, R – 2B (.318)

RHP Tommy Hunter (1-0  0.00ERA  7IP)

Toronto Blue Jays (4-2)

  1. Escobar, Y – SS (.200)
  2. Johnson, K – 2B (.292)
  3. Bautista, J – RF (.174)
  4. Lind, A – 1B (.250)
  5. Encarnacion, E – DH (.269)
  6. Thames, E – LF (.211)
  7. Lawrie, B – 3B (.240)
  8. Rasmus, C – CF (.095)
  9. Arencibia, J – C (.091)

RHP  Brandon Morrow (0-0  0.00ERA  7IP)

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