Play It Again

August 14, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

A recap of the Orioles' 6-1 victory over the Indians last night:

WISH YOU WERE HERE

When the Cleveland Indians drafted Jeremy Guthrie in the first round of the 2002 draft, they envisioned him developing into a top-of-the-rotation starter. He has done that, just not in an Indians uniform. In his first start against his former team, Guthrie went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk. It was the fourth straight start in which Guthrie has allowed only one earned run, and the 10th time over the past 14 starts he has allowed two earned runs or fewer. Since the All-Star break, he is 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA in six starts.

FINALLY

Guthrie had already earned a moral victory last night by getting out of the first inning without allowing a run. In each of the three previous games, Orioles starters had allowed four first-inning runs, a franchise first according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But Guthrie retired all three hitters he faced. He got Grady Sizemore and David Dellucci on groundouts to first baseman Kevin Millar and then struck out catcher Kelly Shoppach to end the inning.

HUFF GETS NO. 25

It figured that the man who gave the Orioles a much-needed lead last night was Aubrey Huff. The designated hitter led off the second inning by driving Anthony Reyes' pitch just over the wall in right-center field. It was his 25th homer of the season, his highest total since he pounded 29 homers for Tampa Bay in 2004. The Orioles added another run in the inning as Kevin Millar walked, moved to second on Luke Scott's single and then to third on Ramon Hernandez's groundout. He scored when Jay Payton grounded out to the right side.

ON DECK

Right-hander Daniel Cabrera (8-7, 4.78) will start for the Orioles in tonight's series finale (7:05) opposite Cleveland left-hander Zach Jackson. Cabrera, who pitched six shutout innings against the Rangers in his last start, is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts against the Indians.

Jeff Zrebiec

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