Oakland Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez needed just 14 pitches to strike out the side in the first inning tonight against the Orioles.
He then allowed the first four hitters that he faced in the second inning to reach base, and yet the Orioles only scored one run.
Vladimir Guerrero led off the second with a single to right, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Matt Wieters followed with a single to left and then Gonzalez walked Nolan Reimold to load the bases.
Gonzalez issued yet another walk to Mark Reynolds to bring in a run and tie the game at one. Still with no outs, J.J. Hardy got ahead 2-0 before he struck out, and then Jake Fox bounced into an inning-ending double play.
I've certainly seen this before where the Orioles have one opportunity to get to a talented pitcher and mostly let him off the hook. Let's see what happens, but Chris Tillman is clearly laboring here.
Oakland just scored a run on David DeJesus' single to take a 2-1 lead.