Play It Again

August 26, 2008|By Dan Connolly

Some firsts:: In the resumption of the April 28 suspended game, which the Orioles won in the 14th, Alberto Castillo earned his first major league win and Rocky Cherry his first career save. It was the first time Orioles pitchers achieved those milestones in the same game since July 2, 2004, when Eddy Rodriguez (win) and Daniel Cabrera (save) did it in a 16-inning, 7-6 win at Philadelphia.

A balkfest:: Both starting pitchers in the second game committed balks. The Orioles' Chris Waters stopped in his windup in the fifth, which allowed Alexei Ramirez to score from third. Clayton Richard's balk in the third wiped out a pickoff of Jay Payton. Instead of being out, Payton was awarded second base.

Moving past Jimmie:: White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome hit a 435-foot homer to center field against Waters to give Chicago a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. It was Thome's 535th career home run, putting him 15th overall, one ahead of Jimmie Foxx.

Markakis rests:: Right fielder Nick Markakis didn't start the regularly scheduled game, just his third time this season he didn't start. He entered in the seventh as a pinch hitter, struck out and remained in the game in right field.

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