Some thoughts and observations after Boston beat the Orioles 15-10 Monday to take the first of a three-game series:
* The Red Sox are having their way with Orioles pitching. That has become pretty obvious. Three times in the last five games, Boston has scored double-digit runs in beating the Orioles, scoring 47 runs total in those five games.
Hard to believe the Orioles won a three-game series against this team giving up a total of 11 runs in late April at Camden Yards. Maybe Jeremy Guthrie can be the Boston stopper tonight. The Red Sox have won the last seven games between these teams.
* Adam Jones has power and amazing bat speed. He simply crushed a Tim Wakefield pitch 434 feet to left-center in the fifth inning. It was his 16th homer and third over the last four games. In those four contests, Jones is 6-for-16 with two doubles, three homers and seven RBIs.
* I feel badly for Mark Worrell. The 28-year-old right-hander was having a good year at Triple-A Norfolk. Trying to make his way back to the majors for the first time since 2008, he finally did it when he walked into the O’s clubhouse yesterday.
With another O’s starter not going deep in a game, coupled with some bullpen guys that were not available last night, Worrell had to make his O’s debut in the toughest of spots.
He came in with the bases loaded and no outs in a 7-7 tie in the eighth and had to face three of the toughest outs in a tough lineup in Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis.
Worrell failed to get an out, giving up a two-run double, intentional walk and two-run single.
Because the Orioles’ starters have taxed the bullpen and because Mike Gonzalez walked two of the three batters that inning to load the bases, Worrell came in to inherit a major jam.
After the game he said, “It’s a tough spot, but it’s spots I want to be in and I feel like I need to succeed in that. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I need to pitch my way out of that. All I want to do is do my part and help us win ball games. I didn’t do my part today and it sucks.”
Pretty impressive how he handled that interview after what had to be a very disappointing night in his return to the majors.
* The Orioles fans who attend Boston games at Camden Yards must leave totally frustrated. They watch their team lose to a division rival at home and the thousands of Boston fans in the crowd get too much of a chance to cheer.
The Red Sox are 44-17 against the Orioles since May 30, 2008.
You hear some fans say that more O’s fans need to show up to out-cheer the Boston fans, but when your home team doesn’t give you that much to shout about it must get real old to those fans that do come out and try to out-cheer the fans in red.
A vicious cycle. You want more fans to come support the Orioles, but they won’t want to come out if they are outnumbered or their team loses too much.