Broken record

The starting pitchers need to work deeper in the games...(skip)...the starting pitchers need to work deeper in the games...(skip)...the starting pitchers need to...

A penny used to solve that problem on my old record player.


Garrett Olson threw seven pitches in the third inning, leaving his count at 41. The game was scoreless. Good stuff.

Kevin Millar's two-out single in the fourth gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead, but once again, they immediately coughed it up in the bottom half - one of manager Dave Trembley's pet peeves. The Blue Jays sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven times, and once again forced Trembley to dip into his bullpen early.


Olson was done after 3 2/3 innings and 76 pitches. He allowed six hits, walked two batters and hit another in the fourth. Three of the hits didn't leave the infield after deflecting off a glove.

Melvin Mora double-clutched and threw late on John McDonald's infield single that gave Toronto a 2-1 lead. If Mora makes the play, the inning's over and the score's tied, 1-1.

David Eckstein jumped on the next pitch and doubled to score two more runs, and the Blue Jays were in business. Trembley left Olson out there, hoping to get him through the inning.

In his last six starts, Olson has gone 5 1/3, 4 2/3, 5, 5, 5 1/3 and 3 2/3 innings. He's earning another demotion to the minors, but who would take his place?

Roy Halladay was supposed to start tomorrow night for the Blue Jays, but they've switched to former Oriole John Parrish so Halladay can face the Yankees.