Toronto Takes Two of Three From O’s

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Give Danys Baez the Todd Williams treatment. (Williams hasn’t pitched in forever.)

Game 1: Daniel Cabrera struggled. He couldn’t make it out of the fifth without giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 6 runs. That would put the O’s at an early disadvantage, and despite the bullpen pitching 4 1/3rds scoreless innings, they couldn’t overcome the deficit and lost 6-4.  Scott Williamson, John Parrish, Chad Bradford, and Jamie Walker each pitched at least an inning of scoreless baseball (Williamson got the last out of the 5th.). Brian Roberts hit his 2nd homerun of the season and Nick Markakis had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, in the game.

Game 2: The O’s came back strong in game 2, winning 5-2. Steve Trachsel went 6 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker each pitched a scoreless inning before Chris Ray did the same for his 11th save of the season. Brian Roberts was perfect at the plate, with 3 hits and 2 walks. He also had a stolen base, as did Corey Patterson who stole home plate on the same play. Jay Gibbons had a couple of singles and Kevin Millar hit a double in the win.

Game 3: Jeremy Guthrie still can’t catch a break. He pitches 7 more strong innings, gives up 7 hits and 2 walks, strikes out 3 batters and leaves the game with the lead. And he gets another no decision. After he left the game with a 1 run lead, John Parrish gave up a run without getting anybody out. Scott Williamson and Jamie Walker combined helped him out of the inning. Chris Ray pitched a perfect 9th, but the O’s couldn’t score and the game went into extra innings. But it wouldn’t last long because Danys Baez came in to pitch the 10th and promptly gave up a homerun to the first batter he faced. He would eventually strike out the side, but it was too late and the Orioles lost 5-4. Nick Markakis had a double and hit his 6th homerun of the season. Miguel Tejada finally hit another homerun (his 3rd) – it was a 3 run shot. Corey Patterson added a double. If our big hitters can get hot and sustain it over the summer, and if our starting pitchers can stay effective while the bullpen straightens itself out, we could still make a run to finish above .500 baseball for the season. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Next, the Oakland A’s come in for a 3 game series. Go O’s.

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