Here's the pitch:
The Giants have posted a 3.30 ERA, third in the majors. The Orioles have posted a 5.00 ERA, 27th in the majors. The Giants' starters have posted a 3.17 ERA, first in the majors. The Orioles' starters have posted a 5.17 ERA, 29th in the majors.
The Giants' 497 strikeouts are tied for third in the majors. The Orioles' 382 strikeouts rank 28th.
Jake Arrieta's win over the Yankees Thursday in his major league debut is the only victory by an Orioles starter in the last 18 games since Jeremy Guthrie beat Oakland on May 25.
Hitting isn't the only issue here.
A few other nuggets:
The Orioles are 2-8 under interim manager Juan Samuel. They've allowed 10 runs or more in four of those games. It happened only once in the previous 54.
The Giants have won five straight at home. The Orioles have lost nine straight on the road.
Neither team is great with runners in scoring position. The Giants are batting .245 (25th in the majors). The Orioles are hitting .206 (30th).
The Orioles have hit six home runs in June:
Jones - 2
Moore - 1
Patterson - 1
Scott - 1
Wieters - 1
Adam Jones is the Oriole with more than four RBIs this month. He has eight.
Ty Wigginton has hit 12 of his 13 homers off right-handers. Jones has hit six of his seven homers on the road.
The 1988 team averaged 3.416 runs a game and gave up 4.90 runs a game. The 2010 Orioles average 3.23 runs a game and give up 5.328 runs a game.
Norfolk update: Alberto Castillo allowed five runs and five hits, walked a batter, committed a balk and hit a batter in one-third of an inning in Triple-A Norfolk's 11-0 loss to Columbus. He replaced Cla Meredith, who was charged with two runs and three hits in one inning. Meredith also walked a batter and finished the day with a 17.18 ERA.
Castillo replaced Kam Mickolio on the Tides' roster after clearing waivers. Mickolio went on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive to Saturday, with a shoulder strain.
Michael Aubrey went 2-for-4 with a double. Josh Bell was 1-for-3, leaving his average at .270. Brandon Snyder (.249) went 1-for-3. Robert Andino committed his 13th error.