Looking to send interim manager Juan Samuel out as a winner, the Orioles, instead, are in a 3-0 hole after just one inning. And Kevin Millwood is again wondering why he cannot put up a zero in the first inning.
Millwood allowed an RBI double to Billy Butler, an RBI groundout to Jose Guillen and an RBI single to Wilson Betemit. He threw 28 pitches in the first.
He has now allowed at least two first-inning runs in 11 of his last 12 starts, and 33 total first-inning runs during that span. Millwood has been a good solider, but in most of his starts recently, he's not giving his team much of a chance.
Update: Luke Scott just cut the Orioles' deficit to 3-1 with a solo shot off Bruce Chen, his 18th homer of the season. Felix Pie ended the inning by getting picked off first base for the second time in as many games. That's something Samuel certainly won't miss.