White Sox pitcher John Danks allowed nine baserunners over his 6 1/3 innings, but the Orioles went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position tonight to end their brief-but-uplifting two-game winning streak. The only O's run scored on a wild pitch.
Danks has beaten the Orioles three times this year, but they had a chance to get after him in the third inning when they loaded the bases with one out -- and the one out was Ty Wigginton getting thrown out stealing after drawing a leadoff walk. Had to be some kind of play on there, since Wigginton was looking at the plate as he chugged to second, but a bad out is a bad out.
The Orioles still ran up Danks pitch count as Brian Roberts walked, Cesar Izturis reached on an error and Adam Jones walked to load the bases, but Nick Markakis struck out and Nolan Reimold popped out to end the inning. Stuff happens, but when a good starting pitcher walks five batters in the first three innings, you've got to do something about it.
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