Wrapping it up and looking ahead
You can look at Thursday’s loss a few ways. You can lament the Orioles offense, which went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position Thursday to lower their Major League-worst average to .193 (34-for-176). Or you can think of how Brian Matusz was just the latest starter to have a solid outing result in a loss, snapping his previous six-game winning streak.
But really, when Yankees starter A.J. Burnett is on, you have to give him credit.
“That guy has so much talent, when he has a day like this, it’s hard,” Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada said of Burnett. “He was on his game today. He threw everything he wanted where he wanted. I don’t think he missed a pitch. Today was his day.”
“He had to work, but he didn’t lose anything from the first inning to the eighth,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said of Burnett. “He didn’t lose anything. Probably got better.”
The same can be said for Robinson Cano. The Yankees second baseman made a nice play on Nolan Reimold’s ball and went 3-for-4 with a double and two homers to raise his average to an astounding .407.
“The first home run, Wieters was like [half-joking], ‘We need to check that bat, because it sounded really, really loud,'” Marcus Thames said. “I was like, ‘It’s been that way ever since Spring Training.’ Even in BP, if you watch BP, it’s the same thing. He’s making good, solid contact and having a lot of success right now.”
This is a loss that hopefully the Orioles can chalk up a hot hitter (Cano) and a hot pitcher (Burnett) getting the best of them. What this team sorely needs is some two-out offense -they went 0-for-2 Thursday to drop to 13-for-87 on the season.
Now halfway through a 12-game stretch against the Yankees and Red Sox the Orioles (4-18) are 2-4 with two series losses. It doesn’t get any easier, so the Orioles are going to have to do a lot of things better if they are going to win a series.
Friday’s match-up is David Hernandez vs. John Lackey. Saturday is likely Brad Bergesen vs. Dice-K, while Sunday will feature Kevin Millwood against Josh Beckett.