This could have gone better: The Orioles were outscored 15-8 and swept three straight by Toronto. The Orioles are 1-5, their worst start since beginning 1-5 in 2002. They have been outscored 27-19 this year.
The Orioles scored just two runs on 15 hits in the series final two games. They have scored just 19 runs with a team batting average of .236 on the season. They have scored three runs or less in four of six games. The club’s slugging percentage to date is just .374.
The Orioles went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position when they were shutout Saturday and were just 1 for 8 today.
On the year they are hitting just .167 (9 for 54) when batting with runners in scoring position.
Fan tally: Today’s attendance was 22,499 and the series drew 92,538 for a three-game home average of 30,846.
Toronto scored three runs in the 8th and one in the 9th to rally from a 2-1 deficit. The O’s have been scored on in the 8th inning or later in every game of the season, giving up 11 runs in those situations.
Toronto had seven hits, four went for homers. This is the 11th time in Orioles history they have allowed seven or fewer hits and four or more homers. The last time it happened was September 28 of last season against Tampa Bay.
O’s homers allowed in 2010-
First five games: 3
Today’s game: 4
O’s homers hit in 2010-
Opening Day: 3
Last 5 games: 2
Allowing just 2 ER today, the O’s team ERA for the season is down to a season’s best 4.13. The ERA for the starting rotation is 3.89. The ERA for the bullpen minus the 4 ER allowed by Mike Gonzalez is 2.87.
Kevin Millwood produced his first quality start of the year today, allowing four runs with just one earned in 7 2/3. That is the longest outing by an O’s starter on the season.
Millwood on the year: 12 2/3IP, 14H, 3ER, 1BB, 11K..........2.13 ERA.
Alex Gonzalez hit two solo homers today for the Blue Jays. He has four homers on the year and this was his 7th career multi-homer game. In the last two games, Toronto’s number nine hitters went 5 for 7 with 2 RBI.
After going 1-8 in Baltimore last season, the Blue Jays are now 3-0 at the Yard. The Blue Jays now lead the all-time series, 251-222.
Walk this way: Nick Markakis drew a walk in the first inning today. That was his 9th of the year moving him past Colby Rasmus of St. Louis to take the Major League lead. But he went 0 for 3 and his average dropped to .167. He went just 1 for 8 in the series.
Adam Jones had a single and triple in four at bats, snapping a stretch where he was 0 for 13 over his previous three games. Matt Wieters had two singles today, his fourth two-hit game this year. He is batting .409.
Miguel Tejada’s error in the 8th inning today was the Orioles first of the year. They began the day as one of just two clubs in the Majors (along with Minnesota) that did not have an error in 2010. In the series, Tejada went 5 for 13 with a homer and 5 RBI.
Monday night, the Orioles begin a three-game series vs. Tampa at Camden Yards. Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 4.26) will pitch for the O’s vs. Matt Garza (1-0, 1.13).