Frustration growing after another Orioles' loss
The Orioles' 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Braves was their fifth straight, their eighth in the last 10 games and drops them to a season-high 10 games under .500.
Their 45th loss of the season appeared to sting more than most as the Orioles' clubhouse was as quiet as it has been all season.
Some players sat in silence. Mark Reynolds, who had two home runs in the game and just missed a third, angrily tossed some equipment into his locker. And nobody was distraught as starter Jake Arrieta, who gave up five runs in the decisive fourth inning, including a grand slam to Braves' backup catcher David Ross.
“I couldn’t make the pitch to get out of the inning,” said Arrieta, who allowed five runs in the five-inning outing. “We got two runs in the fourth. I come out and get two quick outs and I just lost it. It’s just a terrible feeling. That’s it. That’s all I got.”
Arrieta is one of the most engaging and accessible guys on the club. He is also one of the Orioles' best interviews. However tonight, he answered several questions with a couple of words or clauses before returning to his locker, where he sat slumped in his chair.
The good news was that Arrieta looked healthy - his velocity was in the low-to-mid 90's throughout the outing - and showed no signs of the elbow issues that got him skipped in the rotation. However, the young pitcher was fixated on the sequence of events in the fourth inning when he gave up a two-out double to Chipper Jones, hit Freddie Freeman with an 0-2 curveball, allowed an RBI single to Dan Uggla on a ball that left fielder Luke Scott should have caught, walked a sub-.240 hitting Nate McLouth on five pitches and then served up the grand slam to Ross.
"I had a guy 0-2 or 1-2 and I hit him in the foot. Base hit, walk home run. Fell apart," Arrieta said.
Reynolds also was none too please that his the second multi-homer game of his season came in a loss.
"Yeah, it sucks," he said. "I’d take an 0-for-4 and a win. I don’t enjoy losing. I never have. I’m sure nobody does, but it eats at me. Sure, two home runs are nice but it was for nothing. So, hopefully tomorrow we can salvage a game and get out of here."
Reynolds also lamented the team's inconsistency this year.
"It’s very frustrating," he said. "You know, it’s like we play 10 days of awesome baseball and 10 days of crappy baseball. And that results in, you know, our record. I guess it all boils down to consistent play. We have a couple guys get hot over a couple days and we win some games and we go cold. We just need to be more consistent on the mound and at the dish and make all the plays on defense and start winning some games because it’s very, very frustrating."