Rich Hill, once again, is a study in contrast. One minute, he looks confident and is throwing his nasty curveball for strikes. The next minute, something bad happens and he becomes instantly vulnerable.
In the first inning, he walked Ryan Howard with two outs and gave up a two-run double to former top Orioles draft choice Jayson Werth. In the second inning, he delivered a two-out single to cap a three-run comeback rally, but continued to go back and forth with his command in the bottom of the inning.
Still, a very positive start overall for the O's, who also got a two-run double from Matt Wieters. That's four straight games with at least one hit for hit for the boy wonder, who has 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.385).
Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo, who might be the only player in baseball with a worse last name than mine, looks very vulnerable. He came in with a 6.28 ERA and spent the second inning in the upper part of the strike zone. He also gave up a shot to deep center to Aubrey Huff in the third that was run down on the warning track by center fielder Shane Victorino.