Play It Again

April 21, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


The Orioles' offense cooled down significantly after scoring seven runs in the second inning in Friday's series opener. Over the final 34 innings of the series, the Orioles managed just seven runs; in the last 22 innings, they scored just twice. On Monday, their only run came on Cesar Izturis' infield single in the third inning.


Mark Hendrickson did a serviceable job holding things together Monday, persevering through a rocky start and defensive miscues behind him to allow three runs in five innings. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out six. But the three relievers who followed him - Dennis Sarfate, Radhames Liz and Matt Albers - combined to allow nine earned runs on 10 hits, two walks and two hit batters over three innings.


The Orioles will begin a nine-game homestand Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Game 1 of the series begins at 7:05 p.m. and features a pitching matchup of the Orioles' Brad Bergesen and Jose Contreras (0-2, 6.97). It will be Bergesen's major league debut. Contreras is 5-4 with a 4.64 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Orioles. This season, he has allowed 12 hits and five walks in 10 1/3 innings.

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