Play it again

May 04, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Angels yesterday: SIXTH DOES IN CABRERA

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera was cruising into the sixth inning, allowing just two hits and a walk while needing only 60 pitches to get to that point. He earned a quick out in the sixth and then got ahead of Brandon Wood before hitting him in the left arm with a 3-2 pitch. Cabrera then walked Chone Figgins, and his first pitch to Reggie Willits was smoked down the right-field line for an RBI single. Former Oriole Gary Matthews Jr. then broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Figgins.

WHERE'S THE O?

As it turns out, the Orioles' offensive woes didn't go away after one decent night. The Orioles got on the board in the second inning off Jon Garland on a two-out single by Luke Scott, who returned to the lineup after missing two games because of flulike symptoms. Scott was tagged out in a rundown after Aubrey Huff scored the game's first run. After the second inning, Garland retired 13 straight Orioles before Melvin Mora hit a one-out double down the right-field line in the seventh. The Orioles managed just three hits and were held to two runs or fewer for the third time in the past four games.

ANDERSON GETS HOOK

Angels veteran outfielder Garret Anderson was in a deep slump coming into the game, and that probably explained his reaction to a called third strike in the seventh inning. Plate umpire Paul Emmel punched him out on a fastball that appeared to be right down the middle. Anderson gave it another look and then tossed his bat toward the Angels' dugout. He was ejected immediately by Emmel. It was Anderson's third career ejection and his first since the 2004 season.

ON DECK

The series finale today at Angel Stadium at 3:35 p.m. will feature Orioles veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel (1-3, 6.08) against Angels young left-hander Joe Saunders (5-0, 2.08). Trachsel has a 2-2 record and a 5.14 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. However, he faced them twice last year and couldn't go four innings in either start. He pitched a total of 4 2/3 innings in the two starts, allowing 10 earned runs on 14 hits and four walks. Saunders, who played at Virginia Tech, is 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles. He has gone eight innings in four of his six starts this season.

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