The Orioles collected 11 hits tonight and scored one run.
That won’t win you many games.
“Tonight, we faced a very tough, a different type of knuckleball,” interim manager Juan Samuel said, referring to Mets starter R.A. Dickey. “It was a little bit unusual to see a knuckleball with that kind of velocity. We had a situation where we could have scored some runs there, loaded the bases, and I think he added a little velocity to that knuckleball and made it tough for our hitters.
“We got some hits. We did not get the big ones. The offense is showing signs of coming around now. That’s a positive, very positive.”
Jeremy Guthrie took the loss after allowing four runs in seven innings, the big blow a three-run shot from Chris Carter, who hits home runs as often as Daniel Cabrera wins Cy Young Awards.
“Unfortunately, that pitch kind of hurt us there, but he threw the ball well for us tonight,” Samuel said. “He gave us some innings and we got Bergy in there. We wanted to give him some work.”
Brad Bergesen allowed a run over two innings in his first appearance since Camden Yards was built.
“For somebody who hasn’t pitched in so long, we have to be very careful with him,” Samuel said. “We didn’t want to leave him out there too long. We were just taking it a hitter at a time, seeing how he was getting those guys out. But he hasn’t pitched in so long, so we didn’t know what to expect.
“He gave up one run. We thought he did a good job for somebody who hasn’t pitched in so long.”
Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Chris George is demanding to be noticed. He allowed two runs and six hits over six innings while improving his ERA to 3.63. Brandon Snyder and Michel Hernandez homered, and Dennis Sarfate recorded his seventh save despite allowing a solo home run.
Double-A Bowie’s Joel Guzman is demanding to be noticed. He hit home run No. 13. Left-hander Zach Britton improved to 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA after allowing one run and six hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. Ryan Adams and Robbie Widlansky homered.
Single-A Delmarva’s Matt Hobgood fell to 3-6 with a 4.48 ERA after allowing three earned runs (four total) and seven hits over five innings, with four walks and three strikeouts.