Down four early vs. Lester (Aberdeen note)

Maybe the Orioles have taken this come-from-behind to win thing too far.

They spotted Jon Lester a 4-0 lead after one inning and now trail by that margin in the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Even the most loyal fan must be feeling like this one is lost already.

The O’s have not beaten Lester, who is 11-0, 2.06 in 14 career starts against them and came into this start having pitched 12 scoreless vs. Baltimore already this year.

In six starts vs. the Birds since the start of last season, Lester has pitched to an ERA of 1.14.

I am not happy that Josh Bell is not starting tonight. I can understand it somewhat though. He does not hit lefty pitchers as well as right-handers and this is just not any lefty. Maybe it’s the best move to keep him from a possible 0 for 4 tonight, but at some point, he is going to have face Lester, CC, Price, Garza and all the big boys in the AL East.

Three-inning pitch totals:
Lester: 46
Guthrie: 64

In the minors tonight, Aberdeen leads Hudson Valley 8-3 in the fourth inning. So far in the game, the top three in the IronBirds order of Trent Mummey, Omar Casmayor and Kipp Schutz are a combined 8 for 9 with a homer, 4 RBI and six runs scored. Mummey, this year’s fourth-round draft pick, has hit a double and his first homer as a pro tonight.

At Bowie tonight, Steve Johnson pitched five good innings after struggling in recent starts. He gave up five hits and two runs, just one earned, vs. Akron, before Bob McCrory came on in the sixth.

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