Welcome to the big leagues, rookie.
"I was just excited, really excited, knowing that I was going to be tested right out of the gate by one of the best teams in all of baseball," Arrieta said. "I really just wanted to go out there and make pitches and not let the adrenaline get the best of me."
The approach worked. Arrieta pitched six innings of three-run ball, yielding four hits and four walks while striking out six batters. The signature moment of his start came in the sixth inning of a tie game, when he fanned Marcus Thames with the bases loaded.
"It was an impressive debut," said catcher Matt Wieters, who spent half a season with Arrieta at high Class A Frederick. "Not [just] as far as the line, but how calm he was out there. He took his time. It was like he was making any other start."
Giants starter Joe Martinez can probably relate to Arrieta's excitement. The right-hander is making his first start for the big league club after going 5-2 record with 3.07 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Fresno this season. He started five games for the Giants in 2009, going 2-2 with a 7.61 ERA. He also posted a 1-0 record and 7.11 ERA in four relief appearances last season.
Expect the Giants to challenge Arrieta. Following Monday's, 10-2 victory in the first game of the series, the club is riding a four-game winning streak and is tied for second place in the division with the Dodgers, half a game out of the top spot in the division. The Giants have won seven of their last 10 games.
Orioles: Roberts' return on hold
Baltimore president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Monday that there has been no talk of Brian Roberts undergoing season-ending surgery, and expects the second baseman to rejoin the team at some point this season. ... Baltimore could use more runs. The team has been limited to three runs or less 39 times in the first 63 games. ... Baltimore has lost six consecutive games in Interleague Play this season and 18 of its last 21 games overall. ... O's pitchers have 29 quality starts this year.
Giants: Offense picks up pace
San Francisco hitters had 53 home runs through the first 62 games this year, 19 more than at the same point last season. ... The club is 4-0 on the current six-game homestand against American League opponents and has won 13 of its last 16 games at home. Overall, the Giants are 23-11 at home this season. ... Edgar Renteria began his rehab assignment Monday night in Triple-A Fresno and will join the big league team on the road Wednesday. Infielder Matt Downs could be demoted to make room for Renteria when he is activated from the DL.
Orioles outfielder Felix Pie, who has been on the 60-day disabled list with an upper back strain since April 16, has been progressing rapidly and could return to the team at the end of the month. ... Entering play Monday, Giants shortstop Juan Uribe led all Major League shortstops in RBIs (41), ranked second in home runs (10), and among shortstops with at least 100 at-bats, was third in slugging percentage (.488) and sixth in batting average (.290) and on-base percentage (.356). ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy said no decision had been made on when Giants infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa would undergo wrist surgery, which would end his 2010 season.
Tue, 6/15 10:15 PM ET
Orioles down Giants behind strong Arrieta
In his second Major League start, Jake Arrieta pitched a stellar seven innings, giving up just a solo homer to snap the Giants' four-game winning streak. Adam Jones homered, and Ty Wigginton had two RBIs.
|Patterson, C, LF||5||2||2||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Tejada, M, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Jones, Ad, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.260|
|Izturis, C, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.216|
|a-Moore, S, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Hernandez, Da, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sanchez, F, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.337|
|Sandoval, P, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.282|
|Molina, B, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.257|
1-Ran for Molina, B in the 8th.
2B: Markakis 2 (21, Martinez, Runzler).
HR: Jones, Ad (8, 4th inning off Martinez, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Patterson, C 2; Tejada, M 3; Markakis 4; Jones, Ad 5.
RBI: Wigginton 2 (38), Jones, Ad (24).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scott 3; Arrieta; Wieters.
Team RISP: 1-for-13.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Patterson, C (9, 2nd base off Martinez/Molina, B).
HR: Sandoval, P (6, 3rd inning off Arrieta, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Sanchez, F; Sandoval, P 4; Molina, B.
RBI: Sandoval, P (26).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Huff.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.
DP: (Sanchez, F-Posey).
|Hernandez, Da(S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.59|
WP: Ohman, Mota.
HBP: Rowand (by Ohman).
Pitches-strikes: Arrieta 95-57, Ohman 11-8, Hernandez, Da 18-13, Martinez 90-58, Runzler 18-9, Mota 11-7, Bautista 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Arrieta 6-10, Ohman 1-1, Hernandez, Da 0-1, Martinez 11-3, Runzler 2-1, Mota 0-0, Bautista 0-0.
Batters faced: Arrieta 26, Ohman 4, Hernandez, Da 4, Martinez 27, Runzler 5, Mota 2, Bautista 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 1-0, Mota 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Dan Bellino. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Joe West.
Weather: 60 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to RF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media