Although disappointed with the outcome, Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn't necessarily displeased with the performance of starting pitcher James Shields. Shields, on the other hand, wasn't thrilled with his performance. Baltimore scored five times in the fifth Thursday as Shields loaded the bases twice in the inning during a 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. Shields (8-7) struck out 10 but walked a season-high five and hit a batter, along with allowing six hits. "It came down to three things," Shields said. "Two hits and me walking too many guys. I felt like I was executing my pitches, besides the walks. I left that pitch over the plate to (Adam) Jones and (Chris) Davis hit a pretty good curveball."
Despite 6-2 loss, Maddon still has faith in P Shields
Tampa Tribune | Jul 27