Play It Again

August 30, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Orioles pitchers entered last night with an American League-high 547 walks, so it wasn't surprising to see an Orioles pitcher walk four straight batters. It was surprising that Oriole was Jeremy Guthrie. The right-hander had walked four or more in only three of his first 28 starts this season, but by the second inning, he had already issued five free passes, including four straight two-out walks in the second.


Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz yelled at plate umpire Sam Holbrook from the dugout in the fourth inning. Catcher Ramon Hernandez also got in Holbrook's face after he was ejected. Guillermo Quiroz yelled at a fan after striking out. And Fernando Cabrera earned Dave Trembley's ire by flipping the ball into the air - rather than handing it to Trembley - when the manager came to the mound to take him out.


The Orioles might be forced to play for a little while without the hottest hitter in the league since the All-Star break. Third baseman Melvin Mora suffered a Grade I left hamstring strain while trying to beat out a ground ball in the third inning. His status is being described as day-to-day, but hamstring injuries tend to linger.

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