Play It Again

April 16, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 11-3 loss to the Blue Jays last night:

Short night, many pitches

Orioles manager Dave Trembley mentioned before the game that the goal of every starter should be to go at least seven innings. Steve Trachsel didn't make it out of the third, retiring one batter and turning in the shortest outing for an Orioles starter this season. He was charged with five runs and five hits, walked three and hit a batter. Aaron Hill belted a three-run homer in the third, and Trachsel threw 32 pitches in the inning before Trembley went to his bullpen. Trachsel totaled 67 pitches in 2 1/3 innings.

Night of honor

Adam Jones picked the right night to hit his first home run with the Orioles. The team gave out orange T-shirts with Jones' name and No. 10 to the first 10,000 fans in attendance. Jones, meanwhile, was chosen to wear No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, an honor that left him humbled. He responded by drilling a 355-foot home run off Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum in the fifth inning to reduce Toronto's lead to 6-2. Fans stood and held up their orange jerseys as Jones rounded the bases. Jones also walked twice and flied out to deep center field in the ninth inning.

A little help

The Blue Jays didn't take pity on the Orioles. It only seemed that way with the outs they produced on the bases. A few innings might still be going on if catcher Ramon Hernandez hadn't thrown out Alex Rios, who was trying to steal second base in the first inning, and Gregg Zaun, who was attempting to swipe third base in the third. The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the plate that inning. Rios ran into more trouble in the fourth after his RBI single off reliever Greg Aquino increased Toronto's lead to 6-1. He got caught in a rundown between first and second base and eventually was tagged out by shortstop Luis Hernandez. The play was scored 9-6-3-4-6. Jones hustled from center field to cover second base in case it lasted any longer.

On deck

The Orioles begin another two-game series at Camden Yards, this time against the Chicago White Sox. Adam Loewen is making his first career appearance against the White Sox, who are countering with veteran Jose Contreras. Both pitchers are trying to deflate their bloated ERAs - Loewen at 7.45 and Contreras at 6.17. Contreras is 3-4 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Orioles. He has allowed 58 hits, walked 19 and struck out 35 in 52 1/3 innings.

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