Wrapping up Orioles' 4-3 loss to Mariners

The Orioles' latest loss, this one to the Mariners, looked an awful lot like the previous three in Oakland. They didn't get good starting pitching, and they also didn't get enough clutch hits.

Let's start with the starting pitching: Jake Arrieta allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career. He was yanked from the game after issuing back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the third.


"I'm pretty upset about this one," Arrieta said. "Just couldn't give the team what I needed to give them. It's real frustrating to go out there, especially after a sweep. I knew what I wanted to do today. To only get seven outs is pretty frustrating. To come out of the game with the bases loaded, put [Alfredo] Simon in a tight spot -- which he did very well in -- just doesn't feel good. I need to forget about this one as quickly as I can. I know I'm not going to be able to, but I have to find a way to kind of flush it and get over it."

Arrieta's four walks were a season high, and he has issued 31 free passes in 63 1/3 innings this season. In his past five outings, two of which he went four innings or less in, Arrieta has allowed 16 walks in 24 innings.


"I don't ever like to walk guys," he said. "I tell myself to be aggressive every time I take the mound, it's just sometimes things don't go my way. I seem to not be able to correct the mistakes I'm making. I have to figure it out. Just need to start getting back to the consistent pitching that I was [doing] toward the first seven or eight starts. I got to get back to that. Two innings isn't good enough. Four or five innings isn't good enough. I got to go out there and get the job done."

Arrieta didn't make excuses, but he was in a little discomfort after getting drilled in the left shin by Ichiro Suzuki's come-backer to start the second inning. He retired only of the next five batters. Arrieta had X-rays on the shin later, but they came back negative and he expects to make his next start.

Now to the hitting: The Orioles have totaled just 11 runs over the past four games. They went 1-for-10 today with runners in scoring position and are 4-for-31 in such situations on the road trip. They also stranded six base runners and have left 28 on base during this skid. They have just three extra-base hits over the past 36 innings, and two of those came today on Mark Reynolds' third-inning homer off Mariners starter Doug Fister and Luke Scott's leadoff double in the fifth.

"It's frustrating, but we're doing a lot of things that are frustrating," said Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. "It's not just hitting with runners in scoring position. We're not being aggressive both in the field and at the plate that we can be. We need to get back to that soon."

The Orioles cut the Mariners lead to 4-3 in the eighth when Nick Markakis hit an RBI single off Fister, and Seattle third baseman Chone Figgins made a run-scoring error on Vladimir Guerrero's ground ball. However, Wieters grounded out with runners on first and second, and Scott grounded out with runners on the corners and two outs.

Nolan Reimold led off the ninth with an infield single, but Mariners closer Brandon League retired Reynolds and got Robert Andino to hit into a game-ending double play.

That one hurt, but the missed opportunity that bothered Showalter the most was when Scott hit a leadoff double in the fifth and never left second base. Reimold and Reynolds grounded out, and Andino struck out. That loomed large as the Orioles came up one run short.

"It's one of those things where if a guy hits a ball into left-center field, OK. But if you make an out there, it's got to be to the other way," Showalter said of the offense's failure to score Scott after his leadoff double. "I don't care what the score is. You need to get that run across. You got a man on second and third and nobody out or a man on second and nobody out, you should at least score a run at the minimum. That's frustrating."


The Orioles' much-maligned bullpen deserves credit for keeping the team in the game. Simon pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, Pedro Viola retired all five batters he faced and Jim Johnson struck out the only hitter he faced.

Adam Jones (sore right shoulder) entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. In case you are wondering why he wasn't held back to pinch hit later in the eighth inning, perhaps for Scott in his matchup against lefty Aaron Laffey, Showalter was hesitant to give him an at-bat because of the shoulder. Jones should play tomorrow.