Play it again -- Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

August 19, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

TRACHSEL CONTROLS JAYS

Steve Trachsel maintains that he had not spent much time thinking about his winless streak, which extended for about 2 1/2 months and a span of nine starts. But Trachsel found the perfect opponent to break the streak. With 6 2/3 solid innings against Toronto, Trachsel won for the first time since June 8. He is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA against Toronto this season and 6-0 with a 3.13 ERA in eight career starts against them.

HOEY, BAEZ HOLD IT DOWN

Trachsel's fate was again in the hands of the Orioles' bullpen, which delivered as Jim Hoey and Danys Baez pitched the last 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Hoey entered the game with two outs in the seventh to face the potential go-ahead run in the form of pinch hitter Vernon Wells. Hoey got him on a fielder's choice and then turned in a scoreless eighth. Baez then took the ball in the ninth and got two groundouts and a strikeout to secure his second save.

NEWCOMERS DELIVER

Orioles manager Dave Trembley was looking for a spark after his team was held to just four hits and two runs a night earlier, and he got it from J.R. House and Tike Redman, two players who weren't in Orioles uniforms last month. House went 2-for-4 with a bases-empty home run, a single and two runs scored. Redman went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. His two-run, second-inning triple made the score 2-1, and his fourth-inning groundball to first base scored House for a 4-3 lead.

ON DECK

Rookie right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.50) will start for the Orioles in the series finale against Toronto ace Roy Halladay (14-5, 3.99). Halladay is 14-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 19 career games against the Orioles. He has also won three straight starts and a pitched a complete game in his last outing, holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run and five hits. Guthrie got a no-decision in his only start this season against Toronto, allowing three runs in seven innings.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.