There was originally going to be a Morris Marina and a few paragraphs of me complaining here, but that was all deleted after an incredible seventh inning by the Orioles.
To recap briefly: Zach Britton put the team in a 5-0 hole after two innings, then settled down for a bit before giving up two more runs. Mercy came in the form of Kevin Gregg of all people in the 5th inning after Zach couldn’t record an out in the inning. To put this in perspective compared to Zach’s pitching last year, MASN ran this graphic during the game:
There’s really nothing else to say. Zach’s walks are up and his strikeouts are down, and it’s all being sponsored by Kia. He’s not exactly the Star on a Reasonably Priced Team, now, is he?
Look at that thinly veiled Top Gear joke.
Zach’s location is also clearly struggling – I mean, look at those home runs he gave up tonight. It’s like we have two Tommy Hunters on the team right now. Zach was rushed to the front and he’s suffering in return this season; someone on Twitter pointed out that his 2012 is mirroring Matusz’s 2011, and I’m inclined to agree (which is why I retweeted it). I think Zach could use some more time in Norfolk, but he wasn’t exactly doing well there, either, so maybe some time in Bowie will both help him develop and snap him out of this.
Anyhow, that wasn’t so brief, so let’s get to the part where the Orioles were at a 7-3 deficit and CAME BACK ALL IN ONE INNING. Mark Reynolds doubled and was singled in by Omar Quintanilla, Nick Markakis singled, and then J.J. Hardy stepped to the plate and absolutely demolished a ball out to left field. At first I was going to point out Markakis having three hits and Wieters having two solo shots as the only good things from this game offensively, but then the team came through and did this, so I guess I’m in no position to complain.
Nothing happened after that for a very, very long time. The Orioles bullpen even pitched nine scoreless innings of relief – a complete game shutout. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 14th that the Mariners somehow managed to put an Oriole on every base and pitch to Adam Jones, who lined a pitch out to right that wouldn’t be caught. Finally, we were victorious (although the @CharmCityYakyuu Twitter account was working overtime to keep up with this game).
You can all go to sleep now.
Oh, and one last thing that I want to toss onto the end of this recap: DONUTS!