Not tonight.....again: The Orioles lost 4-1 to the Mariners and were swept in the three-game series. They scored just four runs on 18 hits in the three games. Seattle scored four runs in the 4th inning in this game.
The O’s batted just .184 (18 for 98) in the series, going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
The Orioles have scored two runs or less in nine of the last 12 games. They have scored a total of 33 runs in their 14 losses.
The Orioles fall to 2-14 on the year and have lost three in a row. They are 2-8 in road games and are 1-6 on their current ten-game trip.
Finished what he started: Kevin Millwood threw 112 pitches in a complete-game, six-hitter. He falls to 0-3, 3.38. It was his 21st career complete game. The O’s had just two all of last year.
Winning pitcher Felix Hernandez pitched a complete-game, nine-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts. He threw 113 pitches, 82 for strikes. He is now 2-0, 2.15 on the season.
This was his 17th straight quality start dating to August 1, 2009. The Mariners are 29-9 in his last 38 starts. He is now 5-3, 3.41 in 11 career starts vs. Baltimore.
Mariners starting pitchers allowed just 2 ER in 23 innings in this series for an ERA of 0.78.
That is 0 for 5: The Orioles have now lost all five series on the season, getting swept three times. It was the Mariners first three-game home sweep of the Birds since August of 2003.
The Mariners are 9-7 after the sweep. They have won seven of their past eight games and are 7-2 at home. Seattle is 37-20 all-time vs. the Orioles at Safeco Field.
The stick: Nick Markakis went 3 for 4 with three singles. That is a season-high in hits for Markakis and his fourth multi-hit game of the year, all coming over the last nine games. He raised his average from .222 to .259.
Markakis got all three hits off Felix Hernandez and now is 13 for 26 (.500) all-time with 5 RBI vs. the Mariners ace. Ty Wigginton began the game 3 for 5 with a homer in his career vs. Hernandez, but he went 0 for 4 and hit into two double plays.
Lou Montanez went 2 for 4 batting leadoff. Garrett Atkins went 2 for 4 to snap a 4 for 30 stretch. Matt Wieters’ RBI single in the first inning was just his second RBI in the last 12 games. Adam Jones was hitless and went 0 for 12 in the series.
Thursday, the Orioles have their first off day of the year after playing 16 games in 16 days. They begin a three-game series at Boston Friday night. The O’s went 2-16 last year vs. Boston, including a 1-8 mark at Fenway.
Here are the pitching probables for the Boston series:
Fri at 7:10 - Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.15) vs. Jon Lester (0-2, 8.44)
Sat at 7:10 - Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.34) vs. John Lackey (1-1, 5.62)
Sun at 1:35 - David Hernandez (0-3, 4.67) vs. Tim Wakefield (0-1, 6.38)