Remove Jeremy Guthrie’s two outings on this homestand, and Oriole starters have allowed 41 earned runs and 54 hits in 36 1/3 innings for a 10.10 ERA.
Jake Arrieta contributed to the ugliness today by allowing five runs and seven hits in four innings, with four walks and no strikeouts. He hit a batter and served up Jason Kubel’s grand slam.
Interim manager Juan Samuel removed Arrieta after 87 pitches (51 for strikes).
Arrieta faced 23 batters, and 13 reached - including Delmon Young on Cesar Izturis’ error.
Now you know why the Orioles need the extra bullpen arm.
This is the second-shortest outing of Arrieta’s major league career. He lasted only three innings on June 20 in San Diego. He went 4 1/3 innings in his next appearance against the Nationals before recording three straight quality starts.
Update: Delmon Young and Jim Thome opened the sixth with back-to-back homers off Mark Hendrickson. Total distance: 820 feet.
Nick Punto added an RBI double in the inning.
The wind is picking up. My enthusiasm is sinking fast.