Orioles: Postgame laments
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was staked to a four-run lead tonight and allowed three runs before manager Dave Trembley turned the ball over to the bullpen. It wasn't quite as discouraging as the seven-run lead that got away on his watch in Boston, but it still left him to answer for what went wrong after he again was handed a seemingly comfortable lead.
"My approach is always the same, whether I'm down by four or up by four,'' Guthrie said. "I'm trying to put a zero up. It hasn't worked out that way on a couple of occasions. There's nothing I'm doing differently than I've been doing. You just hope for better results in the future."
Trembley seemed to concur, and gave a lot of credit to the Rangers for forcing Guthrie's pitch count up early in the game.
"His command wasn't off tonight,'' Trembley said. "He was around the plate tonight, there were a lot of foul balls. There were a lot of two-strike foul balls. They fought some real good pitches off. I don't think it had anything to do with him protecting a lead. He was very aggressive. I thought is command was good, his tempo was good. He just had to work real hard to get outs."
Trembley said he didn't feel that the offense went flat after getting four runs in the first two innings, even though the bats were almost completely silent after the second inning.
"We had good at-bats tonight, we didn't chase pitches, we didn't get ourselves out,'' he said. "In tonight's case, (Matt) Harrison pitched where his tempo was real quick, his location was good, he changed speeds. We needed an RBI hit with two outs a couple of different times and we needed to turn the lineup over on the bottom, and that didn't happen."
Matt Albers made no excuses after giving up three runs over 2/3 of an inning.
"We had the lead and I came in and didn't hold it,'' Albers said. "I didn't execute pitches. I felt healthy, but I didn't make pitches when I needed to. That's definitely a good lineup. They can do some damage, but you've got to execute pitches. You can't let them intimidate you."