Play it again -- Diamondbacks 8, Orioles 3

June 25, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Marathon fourth

Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel isn't known for working at a rapid pace. One opposing player referred to him this year as "the human rain delay." The roof was closed at Chase Field yesterday, but Trachsel upheld his reputation in the fourth inning when he threw 34 of his 90 pitches. The crowd booed each time he threw to first base or stepped off the rubber. Their only satisfaction came from the Diamondbacks scoring three times to take a 5-0 lead.

No outs in outfield

Trachsel didn't receive much help from his outfielders. Center fielder Jay Payton missed the cutoff man in the second inning, allowing Chris Young to turn a double into a triple. Jon Knott, starting in left field, got a few late jumps - once allowing Chris Snyder's fly ball to fall in left-center. Payton tried to run it down but had no chance. Knott also dropped the ball while removing it from his glove after making a catch. No error, but a little embarrassing.

Not left out

Brian Roberts was hitting .258 against left-handers before yesterday, a marked improvement over his .237 average in 2006, but well short of his .342 average against right-handers this year. In four at-bats against left-hander Doug Davis yesterday, Roberts singled three times and hit a bases-empty home run. Before yesterday, Roberts had a .292 slugging percentage against left-handers and a .497 slugging percentage vs. right-handers.

On deck

The Orioles and New York Yankees finally meet again for the first time since the first week in April. The series begins tomorrow night, with Jeremy Guthrie opposing left-hander Andy Pettitte. The Orioles haven't beaten the Yankees in a season series since 1997 and are 34-66 against them since the beginning of 2002. Pettitte is 20-5 lifetime against the Orioles.

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