Play It Again

May 05, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Angels yesterday:

TRACHSEL TROUNCED AGAIN

Steve Trachsel's second stint in the Orioles' rotation could be on borrowed time. The veteran right-hander had another awful outing, his third in his past four appearances. Presented a 2-0 lead, Trachsel allowed two home runs and four runs in the first inning. The big blow was Torii Hunter's three-run drive to left field. The Orioles crept to within 4-3, but then Trachsel surrendered a two-run homer to Robb Quinlan in the third. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings, leaving his ERA at 7.42. He has gone fewer than four innings in three of his past four starts.

BASE-RUNNING BLUNDERS

The Orioles sent six batters to the plate in the first inning, and five of them had hits off Angels starter Joe Saunders. However, they managed only two runs in the inning because of some suspect base-running. Brian Roberts was thrown out trying to steal third with one out, aggressiveness that manager Dave Trembley can accept. The same can't be said about Ramon Hernandez's actions. Thinking he had a home run to left field, Hernandez didn't run hard out of the batter's box. The ball hit the fence and Hernandez was thrown out at second by a healthy margin. Instead of having a chance to extend on their two-run lead with runners on second and third, the Orioles' threat was over. Then in the ninth, Roberts, the potential tying run, was picked off first by catcher Jeff Mathis.

FINALLY SOME HITS

By the end of the third inning, the Orioles had nine hits off Saunders, who entered the game having given up no more than seven hits in any of six starts this season. Saunders lasted five innings, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits, including Melvin Mora's third-inning solo home run. The Orioles, who had just three hits the previous day against Jon Garland and Francisco Rodriguez, finished the game with 15 hits, surpassing their previous season high of 13.

ON DECK

The Orioles begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tonight at 10:05 at McAfee Coliseum. Garrett Olson (1-0, 2.70) will make his second start of the season for the Orioles, opposing Oakland's Dana Eveland (3-2, 3.67). The Orioles have never faced Eveland, whom the A's acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in five of six starts but has gone seven innings just once.

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