…oh. Right. Bad Arrieta. Damn.
Arrieta gave up all nine of the runs in his four innings of work. Relief came along in the fifth and the Phillies never scored again. Here’s the dreadful box score:
That’s pretty ugly. It’s also pretty clear what the Orioles’ problem was during this game. I mean, if Arrieta hadn’t given up nine runs over his four innings of work – especially the six in the second inning – things might have been better, right? Right?
The problem here is that Arrieta is Matusz from last year. It’s depressing.
On the other hand, I like the way the Orioles find ways to score throughout the game. Their runs are scattered throughout the box score, which, strangely enough, indicates to me that they never saw the game as over despite the fact that they were down 7-0 before they even got to take a turn at bat in the second inning. After Arrieta was out of the game, the Orioles scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and then managed to add on two more in the seventh. This game ended a lot closer than it should have, but this team has heart.
I need sleep. Conventions make me tired.