Arrieta’s impressive start
Largely lost in Sunday’s 6-3 11-inning loss to the Yankees was the guts showed by Orioles starter Jake Arrieta.
After Saturday’s starter, Brad Bergesen, put his team in a two-run hole through just 10 pitches, Arrieta put the O’s in the same spot after four. Following a leadoff single from Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson sent Arrieta’s 1-1 pitch 380 feet for a two-run homer. Arrieta followed that by issuing a pair of walks to Teixeira and Rodriguez, starting a potentially damaging rally that brought pitching coach Mark Connor out to the hill. But Arrieta settled down nicely after that, retiring 13 of 15 after that and finishing with a career-high nine-strikeouts.
He allowed another run in the fifth, and was able to keep the Orioles within striking distance and the game from getting out of hand.
“I was really proud of Jake the way he battled and kept us in the ballgame,” manager Buck Showalter said of Arrieta who has thrown quality starts in all four of his career games against the Yankees.
“We got to use his breaking ball more than we’ve used in his other starts so far,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “[Arrieta] really had a good feel of it today. That’s something that he can take into future starts and keep using that.
The 25-year-old Arrieta (2-1) finished the 97-pitch outing with three earned runs on five hits and three walks and said he was bothered most by the pair of free passes in the first. Asked what the difference was between the first few batters and the rest of the game, Arrieta was succinct.
“Just made good pitches,” he said. “Even the slider to Granderson wasn’t a bad pitch. He’s swinging the bat well now, a lot of those guys are putting good swings on the ball, even quality pitches. And that was the case there.
[I] just kind of beared down and made pitches when I needed to. Didn’t really let things get out of hand there [in the first] and was able to get out of it with only two runs there.”