Play it again -- Orioles 9, Royals 1

May 29, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Trachsel in control

It is again worth mentioning that Steve Trachsel started the season as the Orioles' fifth starter and was expected to be one of the weak links if the rotation. He had another strong outing last night, allowing five hits and one run in a complete game. It was only the Orioles' second complete game of the season and the 20th complete game of the pitcher's career. He is 4-3 with a 3.39 ERA this year.

Hernandez is grand

Catcher Ramon Hernandez entered last night's game in a 5-for-36 slump that dropped his average to .239. But he broke out in a big way with two hits, including a fourth-inning grand slam. The homer, which gave the Orioles a 6-0 lead, was Hernandez's second of the season and represented his first RBIs since May 11. The Orioles have three grand slams this season and all have come against the Royals.

Roberts' strong start

Brian Roberts could make a pretty good highlight reel out of the first inning. He led off the game by drawing a eight-pitch walk and stole second base with two outs, his American League-leading 19th steal of the season. He scored the Orioles' first run on Aubrey Huff's single. In the bottom of the first, he made a diving pickup of David DeJesus' grounder and threw him out for the first out, and a diving catch of Mark Grudzielanek's liner for the second out.

On deck

In Game 2 of the series, Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 3.09) will oppose Royals left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (4-4, 4.65). The Orioles have never faced De La Rosa, who was shelled for nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians. Guthrie has a 6.10 ERA in four appearances against the Royals, but he has only made one start against them.

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