Is it too soon to say Jake Arrieta is back? Probably. But it's safe to say he looked like the O's Opening Day pitcher again on Wednesday night in a 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Camden yards.
Arrieta allowed just a run on seven hits and one walk over seven innings, tying a career-high with nine strikeouts. It was his first win since early May, when he struck out nine Yankees in New York.
After dropping six straight decisions, Jake was banished to the bullpen last weekend...but after a freak accident to scheduled starer Brian Matusz, Buck turned to Arrieta, and Jake made the most of the opportunity. After that start, I'd say it's a safe bet that Arrieta has reclaimed his spot in the starting rotation...
The O's made sure he was pitching with a lead, scoring seven runs in the first seven innings. Wilson Betemit went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, and Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a broken-bat home-run (never seen that before) and three driven in. Brian Roberts went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his second game back with the club.
The Birds (36-26) have now won three straight series and are in sole possession of second place in the East, one game behind the surging Yankees. Tommy Hunter takes the mound on Thursday night as the O's look for the sweep.