Orioles: Can’t give away those games too often

April 23, 2014 | Drew Forrester

Easy thoughts to make on a Wednesday morning when you’ve already seen the game and know what happened.

> When you have the bases loaded in back-to-back innings and leave them filled, you’re setting yourself up to lose.  That’s what happened to the Birds in the 6th and 7th innings in Toronto last night and even though the final score of 9-3 wouldn’t indicate it, those two “left-em-loaded” situations came back to haunt the club.

> Steve Lombardozzi has done enough at this point to earn the incumbent position at 2nd base when (if) Machado and Hardy return to the lineup and things get back to normal.  Yes, his misplay on an easy ground ball helped open the flood gates for the Blue Jays in the 6th inning, but he’s so much better at the plate than Flaherty and Schoop that you’re shortchanging your lineup if you sit Lombardozzi and play either of those other two.  Schoop, at this stage, is out of his element in the big leagues and still needs some Norfolk seasoning — if you ask me.  All you have to do is look at his 6th inning at bat against R.A. Dickey and that tells you everything.

> Adam Jones will get some grief for his terrible 7th inning at-bat vs. Brett Cecil, but it’s fair to note that Cecil’s nasty breaking ball is as tough as they come against right handed hitters.  It’s clear, though, that a book has been established on Jones, particularly when there are runners on base — start him off out of the strike zone and get him to chase a bad pitch to fall behind in the count. It’s a gamble worth taking because chances are good he won’t be able to lay off the pitch.  He also got a weird jump on a fly ball to center field in the 8th inning when the Blue Jays blew the game open with six runs, but his 7th inning strike out was far more damaging.

> Chris Davis has one HR in 19 games now.  Concerned yet?

> Chris Tillman needs a man’s start tonight.  The bullpen is starting to look a little worn out and we’re at April 23rd.

>  The wacky thing with Miguel Gonzalez’s glove turned out to be overblown, but admittedly when you see what he does with the thumb part of his glove in-between pitches, it does look awfully suspicious.  It’s obvious he’s not doctoring the ball; but it looks odd to say the least.