CALLING THE SHOT
Before the game, Orioles assistant general manager and director of baseball administration Scott Proefrock predicted to a reporter that Jay Gibbons was going to hit a big home run that night. When Gibbons stepped to the plate in the sixth inning with two men on and Seattle leading 2-0, Proefrock reminded the reporter of his prediction, saying it was going to come in this at-bat. On cue, Gibbons crushed Felix Hernandez's 2-0 pitch off the windows of the Hit it Here Cafe in the second deck.
MARKAKIS REMAINS HOT
Nick Markakis hit .403 last July with two home runs and 10 RBIs. He has again found the month to his liking. The right fielder entered last night hitting .373 with one home run and 12 RBIs in July and continued his tear last night. He went 4-for-5 with three singles and a double to raise his average this month to . 411. He has a seven-game hitting streak and hits in 11 of his past 13 games.
DEFENSE A DUD
The Orioles let Jeremy Guthrie down defensively early in the game, making three errors in the first four innings, including one that contributed to Seattle's first run. Trying to throw out Ichiro Suzuki on a steal attempt, catcher Ramon Hernandez fired a throw into center field, allowing Ichiro to take third. He then scored on Jose Vidro's blooper, which Corey Patterson misplayed, allowing Vidro to take second.
In the final game of the three-game set, the Orioles will send ace left-hander Erik Bedard (8-4, 3.22) to the mound against veteran left-hander Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 3.85). Bedard will take a 16-inning scoreless streak into the game with the Mariners, against whom he's 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in five career starts. He faced them once this season, allowing three runs in six innings for the no-decision. Washburn is 6-3 with a 4.21 ERA in 11 career games against the Orioles.