Aaron Brooks got the start for the Baltimore Orioles last night, and with mixed results at that. He wasn’t good, but certainly not horrible. But the Birds fins themselves in a situation where they want guys to step up and take a spot in the rotation. I wouldn’t say Brooks did that last night, or since he’s been here – to this point. Brooks’ line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
Brooks threw 30 pitches in the first inning, but rebounded in the second and threw only ten. Guerrero’s RBI-single have Toronto a 1-0 lead. Jace Peterson tried to throw the runner out at home plate from left field. There was never going to be a play at the plate, yet he threw home anyways, allowing Guerrero to go to second base. He would later score on Galvis’ RBI-single.
It’s small fundamentals as such which have plagued the O’s for some time. This isn’t to say that they should immediately surrender runs when hits come with runners on base. But fielder’s have to evaluate the situation; in that particular case, Peterson had no chance to throw the runner out. So by trying to do so and allowing another runner to get into scoring position, he assisted in netting the opponent an additional run. Good intentions for sure, but those are things that you have to get right in games.
Toronto would net fourth and sixth inning solo homers by Galvis and Drury respectively. However in the seventh Chris Davis brought the O’s to within two with a two-run homer. However that’s as close as they got. Fisher added an RBI-single in the ninth for Toronto, who went into win the game 5-2.
If you remove that second first inning run (which came on the heels of Peterson trying to nail the runner at home plate), the Orioles still lose by two – all things being the same. But as I said above, small fundamentals like that do make a difference in games. Maybe it this game per se. However had this been a one-run game…you get the point. And opposing teams have seemingly never been in the mood to let the Orioles off the hook when they make lapses like that.