Play It Again

June 29, 2008

A recap of the Orioles' 9-1 win over the Nationals last night:

Weary, but a winner

Garrett Olson worked hard for the money last night. The Orioles' left-hander ran his pitch count to 62 after three innings, 85 after four and 99 after five, but he kept battling and won for the first time in four starts. Olson held the Nationals to one run through the fifth before the game was delayed by rain, ending his night.

Proving prophetic

Before the game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley and Melvin Mora agreed that for the third baseman to break out of his slump, he needed to get jammed and reach base on a bloop hit. It sounded like the perfect tonic for what ailed him. And sure enough, Mora reached on an infield single in the third inning when he hit a ball off his fists and it eluded pitcher John Lannan, who tried to catch it with his back to the infield. It was Mora's first hit in 18 at-bats.

Booing or `Luuuke'?

It was hard to tell whether Nationals fans were venting or Orioles fans were celebrating after Luke Scott led off the fourth inning with a home run into the second deck in right field. Back in the lineup against a left-hander, Scott gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead when he launched a 2-2 pitch from Lannan. Scott has 13 homers this season, one fewer than team leader Aubrey Huff.

On deck

The Orioles complete the interleague portion of their schedule today (1:35 p.m.), assured that they'll finish with a winning record against National League teams for the first time since 1999. Jeremy Guthrie makes his second start against the Nationals this season, and he'll need better luck or more run support. He held Washington to one run over seven innings May 18 but lost, 2-1. Guthrie never has beaten the Nationals in three career starts, despite allowing only three runs and striking out 15 in 21 innings. Jason Bergmann gets the start for the Nationals. His only victory came against the New York Mets on May 15, but he has surrendered only one earned run in each of his past two appearances.

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