Play It Again

April 29, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 3-3 suspended game against the White Sox:

A WILD RIDE

Shut down for eight cold and rainy innings by Javier Vazquez, the Orioles trailed 2-1 in the ninth but rallied to tie the game against All-Star closer Bobby Jenks. Brian Roberts hit a leadoff double, stole third and then scored on Melvin Mora's single. The Orioles took the lead in the 11th on Ramon Hernandez's leadoff home run off Scott Linebrink. But George Sherrill couldn't close it for the first time in 10 save opportunities, allowing a homer to Juan Uribe, the first batter he faced. The game was suspended after the bottom of the 11th because of unplayable field conditions and will be picked up where it left off at a date and place to be determined.

BASE-RUNNING BLUNDERS

After his game-tying single in the ninth, Mora was promptly picked off first base, costing the Orioles the potential winning run. Adam Jones doubled in the 10th, but he was thrown out when he rounded third and appeared to slip after Brandon Fahey's infield single. White Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera had no play at first to get Fahey, so he threw behind Jones at third. The White Sox also cost themselves a chance to win the game. With a runner on third and one out in the bottom of the 10th, Brian Anderson tried a suicide squeeze bunt. He tipped it back into Hernandez's glove, leaving Carlos Quentin hung up between third and home, and the threat was over.

EXCUSED WILDNESS?

His line looked very much like one that Daniel Cabrera put together in past seasons, not what he had done in his previous three outings. A start after walking none and allowing just two earned runs over eight innings against the Seattle Mariners, Cabrera allowed two earned runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, walked seven (one intentional), threw a wild pitch, hit a batter and balked. Unlike Vazquez, he clearly struggled with his footing and his grip in the rainy and cold conditions. "Every time you get the ball, it's like you have a rock in your hand," Cabrera said. "It's tough."

ON DECK

The Orioles return from the road and begin a three-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 tonight. The Orioles are expected to call up left-hander Garrett Olson from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start. Olson, who was 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts for the Tides, made seven starts for the Orioles last season and was 1-3 with a 7.79 ERA. Right-hander Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.32) will start for the Rays.

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