Offensive offense: One night after being held to a season-low five hits, tonight the Orioles picked up just four hits in a 3-1 loss to Seattle.
The Orioles have scored just three runs with nine hits in the two games of this series. The team average is .143 in those two contests.
They have scored just 32 runs on the year in their 13 losses. The O’s went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and are now batting .150 (16 for 107) with RISP on the season.
This is the fourth time on the season the O’s have scored one or zero runs. They have scored two runs or less in eight of the last 11 games.
They need to get him some offense: David Hernandez produced a quality start, but took the loss, falling to 0-3, 4.67. He gave up three runs and seven hits over 6 1/3. It’s his second quality start in three outings.
The Orioles are 0-12 in Hernandez’s last dozen starts dating to August 11, 2009. Hernandez, who gave up two runs in the first, threw 104 pitches. Hernandez has lost his last nine decisions.
Last year, Hernandez allowed 27 homers in 112 1/3 innings. This season he has not allowed a homer in his first three starts.
Who???: Seattle starter Jason Vargas got the win, giving up just three hits over seven innings. Mariners’ starters have worked to an ERA of 2.17 over the last seven games.
Seattle is 8-7 on the year, 6-2 at home and now 36-20 all-time vs. the Birds at Safeco Field. The Mariners are now 15-4 over their last 19 home games.
The Orioles fall to 2-13 on the season and 2-7 in road games. They are 1-5 on this ten-game road trip. They are now 1-7 in games decided by two runs or less.
SI cover boy: Matt Wieters went 2 for 4 with a double and is 6 for 17 during a four-game hit streak. Nolan Reimold’s RBI double in the first plated the O’s only run, snapping a 3 for 23 stretch.
Garrett Atkins went hitless and is 4 for 30 over his last eight games. Adam Jones was hitless and is 3 for 22 over the last five games.
Wednesday night at 10:10, Kevin Millwood (0-2, 2.89) pitches for the Orioles vs. right-hander Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.10).
Millwood leads the AL in strikeout to walks ratio at 20 to 1. In 21 career starts vs. the Mariners, he is 8-11, 5.08.
Hernandez went 19-5, 2.49 last year and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Over his last 37 starts, the Mariners are 28-9.
He is 4-3, 3.90 in ten career starts vs. Baltimore and Hernandez has recorded 16 straight quality starts dating to last August first. That is the longest current streak in the Majors.
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)