Play It Again

August 12, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 13-8 loss to the Indians last night:

Rally spoiled

With the Orioles down 7-3 going into the seventh inning, the team displayed its resiliency yet again. The Orioles scored five runs in the seventh to take the lead. However, it didn't last long as reliever Rocky Cherry gave up one run in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Sarfate crushed

Given one more chance to keep his spot in the rotation, Dennis Sarfate authored another poor performance. In four-plus innings, he allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits, including a homer, five walks and a wild pitch. He stabilized somewhat after the Indians' four-run first inning before finding trouble again with two walks to start the fifth. Both runners later scored. In three starts since moving into the rotation, Sarfate has allowed 17 runs (14 earned), 13 hits, three home runs and 11 walks in 11 innings.

A foot short

For the second straight game, a defensive miscue by shortstop Alex Cintron was instrumental in a big first inning by the opposition. With men on first and second bases and two runs already having scored, Shin-Soo Choo hit what appeared to be a routine double-play ball to Sarfate. The pitcher fielded it cleanly and threw to Cintron, who was covering second. But not only was Cintron's throw to first too late to get Choo, but second base umpire Mike Estabrook ruled that the shortstop didn't touch second. Replays appeared to show that he was right.

On deck

The pitching matchup in the second game of the series at 7:05 tonight is Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson (8-6, 6.06 ERA) against left-hander Jeremy Sowers (1-6, 5.70). Olson, who allowed six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, has never faced the Indians. Sowers has started three games against the Orioles and is 0-2 with a 11.57 ERA. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 13 starts but has just one win to show for it.

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