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Struggles for Stinson, Berry headline Orioles minor league recap – 7/6

Posted on 06 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Here’s what happened down in the Orioles’ farm system on Sunday…

-Starter Josh Stinson struggled, allowing four earned runs (three hits, four walks) over 3.1 innings pitched as the AAA Norfolk Tides suffered a 7-5 defeat at the hands of Durham. Reliever Kelvin De La Cruz took the loss after giving up three earned runs (four hits, three walks) over 3.1 innings in relief. DH Xavier Paul hit a solo home run in the loss, center fielder Quintin Berry hit a pair of doubles with a RBI and a run scored.

-Pitcher Tim Berry failed to continue his solid season, allowing four earned runs (nine hits, walk) over six innings as the AA Bowie Baysox fell 7-2 to Akron. Berry is now 4-5 on the season with a 4.04 ERA in 17 starts, outfielder Kyeong Kang hit a solo homer for the Baysox in the loss.

-Sebastian Vader provided a quality start (three earned runs, eight hits, one walk over six innings) as the high Single A Frederick Keys downed Lynchburg 6-3. Right fielder Brenden Webb hit a solo home run for the Keys, he was one of four players (Mike Yastrzemski, Glynn Davis, Michael Burgess) to record multiple hits in the victory.

-Chance Sisco’s solid season at the plate continued but the Single A Delmarva Shorebirds took a 6-2 loss to Lakewood. The catcher was 3-4 with a triple and a run scored in the defeat, he is now hitting .344 on the season.

-The low Single A level Aberdeen Ironbirds mustered only two total hits in a 7-0 loss to Brooklyn. Pitchers Matthew Grimes and Nigel Nootbar combined to allow all seven earned runs on 10 combined hits while pitching two innings each.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Arrieta’s struggles make second guessing easy

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Your Monday Reality Check: Arrieta’s struggles make second guessing easy

Posted on 22 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

When you see a meme or GIF image posted @WNST on Twitter, it was regularly posted by me. I often know the source of the meme/gif or sometimes make them on my own, but regularly see one being passed around via Facebook or Twitter (I admittedly haven’t gotten involved in Reddit just yet but know it makes me a dinosaur) where the source cannot be identified.

So when I post them on our account, I’ll often say something like “take credit if yours.” It’s my little way of saying “I don’t know the origin of this, but if I find out soon I’ll be sure to offer credit where the credit is deserved.” Many times that leads to a direct response from the creator of said image which allows me to send out another message offering credit to the person who is deserving. It’s an imperfect science as we all continue to learn about social media etiquette, but it has proved effective thus far.

Sadly, there’s a well known idiom that dates back perhaps as much as a century whose creator seems unknown. I can’t imagine social media will be of any help this time.

The idiom is “hindsight is 20/20.”

It’s a very simply concept. 20/20 is nominal vision, as a person standing 20 feet from someone reads it as if they were standing 20 feet from the object. “Hindsight is 20/20″ reflects the notion that when you look back on something that already occurred, it can always be seen in ideal vision. I’m not certain what level of vision someone would be described as having in foresight, but I would tend to doubt it would even be as good as 20/40.

The idiom was fresh in my mind while watching Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta crumble in the fifth inning of Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrieta walked OF Skip Schumaker and OF Carl Crawford on four pitches each, sandwiching a plunking of SS Justin Sellers between. The passes brought Arrieta’s BB total to five for the day (while recording only 12 outs). A Mark Ellis two run single would end Arrieta’s outing, his line would show five earned runs after being handed four runs over the first four innings by his own offense.

For Arrieta, the story has been all too familiar this season. In four starts, he has allowed 16 BB and 14 earned runs. The lack of control and elevated pitch counts have lead to the starter pitching an average of just under five innings per start (19 total innings pitched), however remarkably the Birds have gone 3-1 in the span.

Following Sunday’s start, O’s manager Buck Showalter described the pitcher’s issues as being emotional. “Emotions effect mechanics” the skipper noted, comparing Arrieta’s emotional state to putters in golf who struggle when overwhelmed. Arrieta described his lack of control Sunday as “frustrating”, “unacceptable” and flat out “bad”. He noted “this isn’t me…this really isn’t something I’ve ever done at this rate” in terms of free passes.

To his credit, he’s right. To his discredit, it doesn’t matter.

Showalter and GM Dan Duquette now have a difficult decision to make regarding their struggling starter. Arrieta still has options left, meaning they could make a move in the coming days to bring up a starter from Norfolk (they have a decision to make Wednesday already following their doubleheader Saturday). Such a move would perhaps allow Arrieta to get back to the AAA level and work on his control, but it would seem obvious that the starter would likely dominate a lower level of hitting.

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