Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jim Johnson, 2013 Bowman Chrome #185

Jim Johnson might be the only guy who's had a worse first week of the 2014 than the Orioles. On Monday, Oakland and the Indians were scoreless when the new A's closer entered the game in the ninth. Five batters later, he'd given up two runs and only recorded one out. The Athletics lost the game, and Jim was serenaded with boos as he headed for the showers. Two days later, he got his first save chance of the year in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Trying to protect a 3-2 lead, JJ instead gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning and earned his second loss. On the plus side, he did lower his ERA from 54.00 to 45.00. Today, he finally escaped an inning unscathed, but it was an eighth-inning appearance with Oakland trailing Seattle by two. So that's a start.

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