Play It Again

May 25, 2008|By Roch Kubatko

A recap of the Orioles' 11-4 loss to the Rays last night:

Too rested?

Orioles starter Steve Trachsel hadn't pitched since May 9, and the Rays reminded him of the dangers that such a long layoff can bring. They jumped him for four runs in the first inning, the last three coming on a long home run by rookie third baseman Evan Longoria. They chased him with two outs in the second after another homer by Longoria, this one a two-run shot that increased Tampa Bay's lead to 9-0. The last four Rays to face Trachsel combined to hit for the cycle: single, double, triple and home run. Trachsel allowed seven hits, walked two and threw 45 pitches. It tied for the fourth-shortest outing of his career.

Unable to unload

It appeared the Orioles would get a boost for their sagging offense when Rays starter Edwin Jackson walked the bases loaded in the first. The only out had come on Melvin Mora's fly ball. But once again, the Orioles took an opportunity and handed it back. Luke Scott sent a bouncer to first baseman Carlos Pena, who tagged Kevin Millar and threw to Jackson covering first to complete the unorthodox 3-1 double play. Millar ran in front of Pena, trying to avoid being hit by the ball, and got caught in no-man's land.

Ball worth keeping

In his first season with the Orioles, Scott became part of a trivia question: Name the player who collected the 75,000th hit in franchise history. The Orioles were two shy going into the night. Guillermo Quiroz had an RBI single in the second, and Scott hit a two-run homer in the third, allowing the club to reach the milestone. The fan in right field who caught the ball, obviously unaware of its significance, threw it back onto the field.

On deck

The Orioles conclude their three-game series against the Rays, and their latest road trip, at 1:40 p.m. today, with Daniel Cabrera looking to win his fourth consecutive start. Cabrera has gone at least seven innings in his past four starts. He has also issued one walk overall in his past three outings. Cabrera is 6-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 career starts against the Rays. He held them to one run in 6 2/3 innings in his last visit to Tropicana Field. James Shields, who will start for the Rays, beat the Orioles on Opening Day, allowing two runs in seven innings. He didn't get the decision April 11 against the Orioles after surrendering two earned runs (five total) in six innings.

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