Play It Again

August 24, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec

Trembley ejected: : Orioles manager Dave Trembley was ejected after the second inning, arguing a reversal of a call that originally had Melvin Mora on second base rather than striking out. Mora had swung through a pitch that appeared to hit the dirt before bouncing into catcher Ivan Rodriguez's glove. Rodriguez didn't tag Mora, who eventually started running. But crew chief Joe West ruled that Mora had abandoned his chance to get on base by walking toward the dugout.

The defense rests: : Jeremy Guthrie should have gotten out of the first without giving up a run. Juan Castro's relay throw beat Johnny Damon, who was trying to score from first on Alex Rodriguez's two-out double, to home by a large margin, but catcher Ramon Hernandez didn't block the plate. Damon slid in under his tag.

Guthrie gets loss: : On paper, the Orioles had the obvious starting pitching advantage with ace Guthrie opposing the oft-injured and much-maligned Carl Pavano. Pavano allowed 10 base runners over five innings but pitched out of jams well enough to give his team a chance to win. Meanwhile, Guthrie was stung by the long ball, allowing a go-ahead two-run homer to Giambi in the third and a solo shot to Hideki Matsui in the seventh.

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