Play It Again

July 27, 2008|By Dan Connolly

A recap of the Orioles' 11-6 loss to the Angels last night:

Fewer than six again

Orioles starter Radhames Liz was pulled in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs and the Orioles trailing 6-3. It was the sixth time in his past seven starts that he failed to get through six innings. He's not alone. Orioles starters have pitched six innings only twice in 10 games since the All-Star break and have an ERA of 8.35 in that span. Liz was charged with six runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Huff Daddy reaches 20

For the sixth time in seven years, Aubrey Huff has hit 20 home runs in a season. He reached the mark in the first inning with a three-run homer to right field against Angels starter Jon Garland. Huff, who had 15 last year, holds the team lead by two over Luke Scott, who hit his 18th homer in the sixth against Garland. Only six American Leaguers had 20 or more homers heading into Saturday.

Painful eighth

With one out in the eighth, Los Angeles left-hander Darren Oliver hit Melvin Mora in the back of the left knee with a pitch. Mora immediately hit the dirt, screaming and writhing in pain. Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells treated him and, after a few minutes, Mora walked slowly to first base. He stayed in the game in the bottom of the eighth but didn't come out for the ninth. Juan Castro moved to third base, and Brandon Fahey came in to play short.

On deck

The Orioles finish up their 11-game homestand, the longest of the year, today at 1:35 p.m. with lefty Garrett Olson (6-5, 6.11 ERA) facing the Angels. Olson, who has never pitched against the Angels, will be attempting to help the Orioles break their Sunday curse. The club has lost 15 straight Sunday games this year. The Orioles will be trying to do it against Los Angeles righty Ervin Santana (11-4, 3.37), who is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts against the Orioles.

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