Play It Again

August 04, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Mariners:

Losing control

When the bottom of the seventh started, Daniel Cabrera hadn't walked a batter, but that changed when he walked Bryan LaHair to lead off the inning. After a single by Jeff Clement, Cabrera issued a four-pitch walk to Yuniesky Betancourt, who was satisfied to give the Orioles an out with a sacrifice bunt. With the bases loaded and still no outs, Jamie Walker got Ichiro Suzuki to hit a ground ball up the middle, but second baseman Brian Roberts' only play was to second base, and shortstop Alex Cintron couldn't handle his throw. With the bases still loaded and the Mariners up a run, Walker struck out Jeremy Reed before allowing a two-run single to Raul Ibanez.

Letting Silva off the hook

With the way Carlos Silva had been pitching, it appeared that the red-hot Orioles offense was in for a field day yesterday. However, Silva, who had lost 12 of his past 13 decisions and not gotten past the third inning in his previous two starts, held things together through 6 2/3 innings, giving his teammates a chance to mount the seventh-inning rally. Silva allowed nine hits and walked a batter, but he only gave up four runs. He didn't factor into the decision, but the Mariners weren't complaining about his effort.

Getting their say

Three Orioles took turns contesting Ibanez's third-inning double down the left-field line that umpire Paul Emmel incorrectly ruled as fair. First, Melvin Mora argued the call, pointing to a spot in the dirt where he believed the ball landed. Then, Cabrera sauntered over to get a word in before Emmel told him to return to the mound. Finally with Mora and Emmel engaged in a back-and-forth conversation, Orioles manager Dave Trembley emerged from the dugout for a talk.

On deck

The Orioles start a three-game series tonight (10:05) with the Los Angeles Angels. Right-hander Dennis Sarfate (4-2, 4.00) will make his second career major league start opposite Angels left-hander Joe Saunders (14-5, 3.09). Sarfate has made two relief appearances against the Angels and has allowed just one hit and two walks over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Saunders has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his past eight starts. He's 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Orioles this season. In four career starts against them, he's 4-0 with a 5.16 ERA.

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