Play It Again

April 18, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


The Orioles keep scoring runs, and their pitchers keep giving them up. On Friday, the offense scored seven times in the second inning and once more in the fourth only to see the score tied at 8 by the fifth. Orioles pitching has allowed 54 runs over the past five games.


In the top of the second, the Orioles scored seven runs on four hits and three walks (two with the bases loaded) and made Brad Penny throw 40 pitches. Nick Markakis landed the big hit off Penny with his second career grand slam, a shot that got over the center-field wall to give the Orioles a 7-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Red Sox scored four times on four hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly and made Jeremy Guthrie throw 36 pitches.


Game 2 of the series is at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, with right-hander Adam Eaton (0-1, 9.00) taking the mound opposite Red Sox ace Josh Beckett (1-1, 3.46). Eaton, who allowed four earned runs in four innings in his Orioles debut against the Tampa Bay Rays, has never faced the Red Sox.

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