That’s actually a pretty accurate assessment. In the fifth inning, Arrieta walked the number eight hitter, plunked the number nine hitter and then loaded the bases by walking leadoff man Carl Crawford. Then Mark Ellis cut the Orioles lead to one with a two-run single to left center field and that was the end of Arrieta’s day.
“If you watch the first couple of innings, there is no reason I’m not pitching in the eighth today. That is frustrating and using the bullpen too much is frustrating. I don’t want to beat myself up too much about it, but I will today. Got to clean it up.”
It took Arrieta just 14 pitches to record the first three outs of the game and nine to get through the second. Suddenly, he lost command of his pitches in the third and threw 37 pitches (19 for strikes), but bounced back with a 15 pitch effort in the fourth.
Orioles fans were pricing bus tickets to Norfolk for the 27-year-old righty on Sunday afternoon, hoping to see Jair Jurrjens, Freddy Garcia or Zach Britton take his place in Baltimore. While his struggles may land him on the Tides roster, the O’s won’t be giving up on Arrieta anytime soon. He throws up 97 MPH with movement, but struggles with command. If the Orioles gave up on him, 29 teams would line up to try and help him find consistency.
You watch Jake Arrieta dominate hitters the way he did in the first inning against LAD and you understand why O’s think he’s capable of more
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 21, 2013
The stuff is there for Arrieta and the Orioles hope they can make the adjustments needed to help him locate his pitches through seven, eight, or, maybe even, nine innings.