What is wrong with Jake Arrieta?
The Birds fell to the visiting Phillies 9-6 on Friday night. Arrieta lasted just four innings, surrendering nine runs on 11 hits before being yanked. He walked none and fanned five in the 83-pitch outing.
Arrieta (2-8) now leads the Majors in losses and he's dropped six straight. It's frustrating. He shows flashes of brilliance (he struck out the side in the third after the Phillies hit for the cycle in a six-run second) but can't seem to put everything together consistently this season. A trip to Norfolk looks likely...
The Birds were down 7-0 in the second inning but rallied back to make a game of it. Chris Davis slapped a solo shot in the fourth and J.J. Hardy launched a two-run bomb in the seventh, but the deficit was just too great to overcome.
With the loss, the O's (32-26) dropped into third place in the division, trailing Tampa Bay by a game and the Yankees by a half game. Tommy Hunter has been called up from Norfolk and will get the start on Saturday afternoon.