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What's the old baseball adage? Good pitching beats good hitting every time?

Ever wonder how good pitching does against lousy hitting?

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To find out, all you had to do was watch the Orioles the past two nights at Yankee Stadium, where they lost two straight games by identical 4-1 scores while not hitting a lick against quality pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

Last night, a throwing error by pitcher Brian Matusz and Adam Jones' shaky decision to try for a diving catch on a line drive by Francisco Cervelli contributed to the carnage -- sloppy defense is becoming another trademark of this O's team.

But it's weak hitting that's really been killing this team all season, especially hitting in the clutch. No surprise, then, that the Orioles were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position last night.

Luke Scott went 0-for-4 to drop his batting average to .177. Adam Jones went 0-for-4 to lower his average to .225. Matt Wieters had been hitting well, but he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and hit into a double-play.

This is getting beyond ugly now, this hitting malaise.

And it doesn't get any easier for the O's tonight when they face the Yankees' Andy Pettitte to close out the series.

Pettite's only 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA this season.

So what does good pitching versus lousy hitting look like?

There's your answer: The Yankees are 18-8 and in second place in the AL East.

The Orioles are 7-20 and in last place.

It really is that simple.

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