After winning his first game of the season against the Detroit Tigers this past Monday, Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta didn't look like he stood a chance against the Rangers and suffered the worst outing of his career. The Rangers slammed Arrieta (1-1) for eight earned runs, a career high for Arrieta, in just over three innings of work. After giving up a single to first baseman Mitch Moreland, Arrieta was replaced by reliever Josh Rupe but was charged with an eighth run after Rupe gave up an RBI double to Ian Kinsler.
The Orioles had hoped to sweep the Rangers in the doubleheader, making the first strike with an Adam Jones solo homerun in the second inning. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it was the only extra base hit by one of their players this evening. Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison (2-0) pitched into the seventh inning, only allowing two hits and a walk.
As the Orioles struggled to get additional runs, they also faced the possibility of yet another player getting injured. Making his return to the Orioles lineup after enduring a minor rib strain, shortstop J.J. Hardy was in the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader. After striking out to end the second inning Hardy was replaced by Robert Andino, who was starting in left field for the first time as an Oriole. According to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Hardy felt pain in his side after swinging the bat for the first time. An Orioles trainer confirmed the injury to be a strained left oblique muscle and could force the shortstop to a trip on the DL with an injury that forced Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz to sit out up to six weeks.
"It [stinks]," Hardy said of the injury. "I came in today feeling like everything was gone, it was nothing. I took some swings in the cage and everything was gone."
While Arrieta took the loss in his start, he was still complimented by some of the Rangers starters who view the young Orioles pitchers as a rotation to watch out for.
"The kid in the first game [Britton] had good stuff and the kid in the second game did, too. Rangers' infielder Michael Young said. We just did a better job locking in on the strike zone in the second game and stayed more disciplined within the plate."
With the doubleheader split for the day, the Rangers and Orioles will battle it out tomorrow to win the first series between the teams.
Side Notes: Orioles pitcher Chris Jakubauskas was purchased from the minor league affiliate just hours before the first game of the doubleheader. Jakubauskas went three innings, giving up five earned and two walks to start his career as an Oriole.