Dodgers 4, Orioles 2

March 13, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Ace not wild

Though he wasn't quite as sharp this time, Erik Bedard continued to impress yesterday in the Orioles' 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. His first nine pitches were strikes, and he allowed only one run and four hits in four innings. Overall, he threw 37 of his 51 pitches for strikes.

Penn struggles

Hayden Penn had a difficult fifth inning, allowing two runs on four singles - the last three coming with two outs - as the Dodgers broke a 1-1 tie. He had a much easier sixth.

"My fastball command was pretty good for the most part," Penn said. "A couple balls found some holes and a couple balls were hit hard. I kept the ball on the ground."

Power failure

The Orioles have hit five home runs this spring, including yesterday's bases-empty shot in the ninth inning by nonroster infielder Mike Cervenak. The other four Orioles who have gone deep are utility infielder Chris Gomez, Rule 5 catcher Adam Donachie and nonroster players Jon Knott and Jason Dubois. Only Gomez is certain to make the 25-man roster. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays (four) are the only team with fewer home runs.

On deck

The Orioles travel to Jupiter again to play their favorite opponent, the Florida Marlins. Daniel Cabrera will oppose Anibal Sanchez. Cabrera will be followed by Chris Ray, Jeremy Guthrie, Todd Williams and Kurt Birkins.

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