A recap of the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Nationals yesterday:
Perhaps the Orioles need to come up with a different routine for their Sunday afternoon games. They are 1-6 on Sundays with six straight losses. The common denominator in those games has been a lack of offense. Yesterday, Nationals rookie left-hander John Lannan held them to one run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. The previous Sunday, they were shut out by the Kansas City Royals' combination of Brian Bannister and Joakim Soria. In seven Sunday games, they have scored a total of 13 runs, and five of them came in a 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on May 4.
Insurance run key
Asked before the game about setup man Chad Bradford, Orioles manager Dave Trembley attributed the veteran's struggles the previous night to rust. Bradford had been used in just two of the Orioles' previous nine games, pitching only an inning during that span. Well, Bradford got in a second consecutive game yesterday and gave up a run in the eighth inning that turned out to be the game-winner for the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman's one-out double scored Felipe Lopez and gave the Nats a 2-0 lead.