Play It Again

April 12, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 10-5 loss to the Rays last night:

BULLPEN LOSES LEAD

Jeremy Guthrie did his job, allowing only two runs through six innings and then getting the first out in the seventh before leaving with a 5-2 lead. With three consecutive left-handed hitters up for Tampa Bay, Orioles manager Dave Trembley brought on situational left-hander Jamie Walker. However, the normally reliable Walker couldn't get an out, allowing an infield single to Akinori Iwamura, a bloop single to Carl Crawford (the 1,000 hit of his career) and a game-tying three-run home run to Carlos Pena. The Rays broke the tie in the eighth, scoring five runs off Dennis Sarfate and Greg Aquino.

TO ERR IS HUMAN

The Orioles arrived in St. Petersburg around 4 in the morning after getting swept in Thursday's doubleheader in Texas. So they were not about to turn down a little charity, especially with one of Tampa Bay's best pitchers on the mound. Shortstop Jason Bartlett's throwing error on what should have been the final out of the first allowed Nick Markakis to score from second base. It also allowed Luke Scott to come to the plate, and he hit a two-run double off James Shields that gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. The Rays answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on Pena's first home run of the night.

TAKING ONE AWAY

Luis Hernandez's throwing error and a two-out single by Iwamura put Guthrie in a little bit of a bind in the bottom of the second. First baseman Kevin Millar was only happy to help him get out of it. Crawford hit a searing line drive that appeared destined to go down the right-field line. However, Millar made a leaping catch on the ball to end the inning. It prevented a potential two-run triple by the speedy Crawford with Pena coming to the plate with a chance to do even more damage.

ON DECK

In Game 2 of the series, Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera (0-0, 9.00) will oppose Tampa Bay right-hander Jason Hammel (0-1, 6.00). Cabrera is undefeated in 12 career starts against the Rays with a 6-0 record and a 3.62 ERA. He allowed six earned runs in four innings to them in his first start this season. Hammel is 0-3 with an 8.84 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.

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