Play it Again -- Indians 5, Orioles 4

April 28, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Giving it up

Steve Trachsel had repeatedly gotten out of trouble through five innings, but neither he nor the suddenly struggling bullpen was able to repeat that feat in the sixth inning. Trachsel issued back-to-back two-out walks and Jeremy Guthrie turned a 1-0 lead into a four-run deficit in just four pitches. Guthrie, a one-time top prospect who was released by the Indians this offseason, hit pinch hitter David Dellucci, allowed a two-run single to Josh Barfield and then a three-run, inside-the-park homer to Grady Sizemore.

Missed opportunities

Like the bullpen, the Orioles' offense has faded recently, failing to produce in several key spots. In the fourth inning, the Orioles had the bases loaded and one out and Indians starter Jake Westbrook on the ropes, but Jay Gibbons, now in an 0-for-21 slump, fouled out and Ramon Hernandez grounded out. The Orioles cut a four-run deficit to one in the seventh, but Melvin Mora struck out and Nick Markakis grounded out, leaving Brian Roberts at third base.

Short fuse

Peeved by a strike call on Casey Blake in the first thing, Indians manager Eric Wedge started shouting from the dugout at plate umpire Bill Miller. Miller took his mask off and gave Wedge a warning. When the yelling didn't stop, Miller ejected Wedge, who had plenty more to say in a face-to-face, on-the-field confrontation.

Up next

The Orioles will send ace left-hander Erik Bedard (3-2, 6.11) to the mound against Cleveland's young lefty, Jeremy Sowers (0-1, 4.76). Bedard is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in five career starts against the Indians. Sowers, a 23-year-old whom Cleveland snared with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, was pounded by the Orioles in one start last year, allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

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