OK, since I cautioned fans not to read too much on the plus or negative side of Jake Arrieta’s first Major League start, I won’t either.
I won’t gush about his solid performance vs. the Yankees or say I told you so about him making his first big league start vs. New York.
But it was a good night to see an O’s fifth-round pick get the win throwing heaters at the start and an O’s 16th-round pick doing the same at the end.
David Hernandez recorded his first Major League save, needing 13 pitches in the ninth.
Hernandez talked about the save: “There were a lot of things going through my mind. A tough lineup to get a save against. It was all a blur, that’s what it was.
“I would love to have that role (of closer). I’ve always said I’d like to be a starter, but wherever I have the most success makes sense.”
He was asked if he likes closing. “I do now,” he said. “That probably ranks right up there with making my Major League debut.
“It’s very special to get a win in your Major League debut and I was happy to be a part of that.”
Scott Moore’s solo homer in the fifth tied the game at 3-3. It was Moore’s first big league homer since April 8, 2008 at Texas.
Moore talked about his homer off of A.J. Burnett: “It was a fastball over the plate and I was able to barrel it. The more at bats I’ve gotten, I’ve been able to relax a bit and not be so jumpy and give myself a better chance to get hits. I wasn’t thinking that’s my first homer since ‘08 but, a one-run game and it felt good.”
Moore is 6 for 17 with a homer and 4 RBI over his last six games.
Here are Matt Wieters’ quotes on Arrieta’s night:
“I thought it was an impressive debut. Just how calm he was there, he took his time and it looked like just another start (for him). I’m sure he had some butterflies on the inside but you couldn’t tell on the outside.
“He seemed fine to me all night. Once the game started, he was nice and relaxed. Like he had been preparing for this for awhile.
“It was good for his first start, he had to pitch. He got into a rhythm. The slider got going late and it was a good pitch where when he got ahead, he was able to find something to put them away.”
This was the first time Wieters had caught Arrieta in a game since June 20, 2008 when both played for the Frederick Keys.
More notes from the game:
*The Orioles had two doubles, a triple and homer among their eight hits. It’s the first time they had a double, triple and homer in the same game since April 14 vs. Tampa.
*After giving up 12 runs and 15 hits in the first game of the series, O’s pitching allowed just seven runs on 15 hits in the final two games vs. the Yankees.
*The O’s staff allowed just four hits in the win, the fewest since the O’s gave up just three hits on May 14 vs. Cleveland.
*Luke Scott is 6 for 14 during a four-game batting streak. Five of his last ten hits have gone for extra bases.
*Adam Jones went 4 for 12 with a homer and 5 RBI in the series.
*O’s hitters went 10 for 33 (.303) with runners in scoring position in the series.
*Opponent starters had 13 consecutive quality starts vs. the Orioles. The streak ended Thursday as A.J Burnett gave up 4 ER in 6 2/3 innings.
*The Orioles ended a ten-game losing streak vs. New York and they improved to 8-25 vs. the AL East, 9-10 in one-run games and 11-18 at home.