A recap of the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays...

June 09, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays yesterday:

Not Albers' day

His team leading 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley brought in Matt Albers to relieve Radhames Liz. The plan was for Albers to pitch two innings, followed by one each from Jim Johnson and closer George Sherrill. However, Albers, who has excelled in his role all season, clearly didn't have it. The first batter he faced, Vernon Wells, drove his second pitch over the wall. Albers then walked Lyle Overbay and gave up a game-tying double to Rod Barajas. Barajas scored the winning run on Marco Scutaro's sacrifice fly.

Great Scott

Luke Scott had not faced Toronto ace Roy Halladay before yesterday, but the left fielder took him deep twice yesterday, hitting a solo homer into the second deck in right field in the second inning and a two-run shot that just got over the right-field wall in the sixth. Scott has nine home runs this season.

On deck

The Orioles will get a day off today before beginning a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 tomorrow night. In the opener, Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera (5-2, 3.98) will face Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett (6-4, 4.07). Cabrera is 2-9 with a 6.82 ERA in 13 career starts against Boston, but he's 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox this season. Beckett is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA in eight career starts against the Orioles but 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two outings against them this year.

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