Sunday, May 15, 2011
Jake Arrieta, 2010 Topps Update Series #US-251
Earlier this afternoon, the O's took the rubber match in a close contest that turned into a laugher with a 9-3 final. Jake Arrieta turned in his seventh quality start in nine tries in 2011, bumping his record to 5-1 with a six-inning, two-run, seven-strikeout effort. Matt Wieters, Derrek Lee, and Reynolds all had run-scoring singles, and Nick Markakis hit his fourth home run of the year. Oh, and then there's J. J. Hardy. His sixth-inning grand slam broke the game open, and made him a .400 hitter (10-for-25) with 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and a pair of walks since his return last week from the disabled list. The Orioles are now 9-2 when James Jerry plays, and were 10-18 without him. What I'm saying is that I will personally cover J. J. Hardy in bubble wrap if that's what it takes to keep him on the field. Now it's on to Boston, to make sure the Red Sox stay at the bottom of the Eastern division.