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G8: Millwood finally wins in first game of DH, 3-1

Yeah, yeah, it’s just three games, but Kevin Millwood is pitching like the guy he was in his one year in Cleveland. THAT is the guy we thought we were getting. While Millwood hasn’t exactly been awful in his couple of years here so far, he hasn’t been the Cleveland Millwood. But in the first three starts of 2008, he has been better than Cleveland Millwood. Check out these numbers:
Mar 31: 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
Apr 05: 8IP, 12H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K (complete game)
Apr 10: 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 5BB, 2K
Other than a few too many walks, he’s been pretty darned good. His ERA after three games is a measly 1.29. The disappointing thing is that he’s only 1-2. He really should be 3-0, in my opinion. You have to be excited if this keeps up. The first game of the DH was particualrly good for Kevin. One run on just three hits. Two of the three hits Baltimore got were by Adam Jones, one of the guys Baltimore got from Seattle for Erik Bedard.
Baltimore’s starter Steve Trachsel wasn’t any slouch either. He went 6.1 innings, giving up five hits, three runs (two earned).
This was another well pitched game. Of the nine total hits combined with both teams, seven of the hits were singles; the other two were doubles. Not a lot of power, which tells me that the pitching was rather good. This is quite QUITE refreshing to see.
This gets us back to .500 again, as we’ve played win-loss-win-loss so far this season.
I didn’t write much about this game, but in looking at the box scores, it all comes back to “Well pitched game”. No point in saying how all the individual guys couldn’t hit the starters. On top of that, the game started at 4PM when I was heavy into some work, so I could barely even listen.