Play it again -- Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1

May 16, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A stirring debut

Jesse Litsch, a 22-year-old former batboy for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, dominated the Orioles for 8 2/3 innings, the longest outing of any starting pitcher making his major league debut for the Blue Jays. In his first start above Double-A, Litsch held the Orioles to four hits and a first-inning run before he was taken out of the game after walking Miguel Tejada with two outs in the ninth. He got 20 of his 26 outs on ground balls.

Bail out

Litsch did show some nerves early, walking Brian Roberts and allowing a single to Nick Markakis, putting runners on first and third with no outs. With Litsch struggling to throw strikes, Tejada swung at his first pitch and bounced into a double play. Roberts scored, but the Orioles missed out on an early opportunity to get to the rookie.

Walks hurt Cabrera

After allowing a leadoff home run to Alex Rios, Daniel Cabrera was as dominant in the first four innings as he has been all season. He retired 13 straight Blue Jays before he lost track of the strike zone. A leadoff walk to Rios, who came around to score on Troy Glaus' two-out single in the sixth, cost him the game. He walked five in eight innings.

On deck

In tonight's series finale, Orioles left-hander Brian Burres (1-1, 3.68) will oppose Toronto right-hander A.J. Burnett (3-3, 4.56). Burnett is 1-0 in two career starts against the Orioles with a 3.07 ERA. He held the Orioles to two runs on three hits and five walks over seven innings on April 20, but got a no decision in a game the Orioles won.

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