Veteran Ryan Drese had pitched well enough up until this point to thrust himself into the conversation for the Orioles' fifth starter spot. However, he certainly has his hands full tonight, facing the Boston Red Sox at City of Palms Park.
Drese, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006, has given up one run through two innings on J.D. Drew's homer.
Judging by the contact some of the Red Sox hitters have made, it could have been much worse. Marco Scutaro drove a liner to right-center field that Felix Pie ran down for the first out in the bottom of the first. The inning ended when David Ortiz launched a ball that Orioles left fielder Randy Winn ran down at the wall.
After Drew's homer to start the first, Jason Varitek drilled a double off the wall. However, Drese got Drew Sutton to hit into a double play to avoid any more damage. Through two innings, he has surrendered two hits and a walk and thrown 17 of his 27 pitches for strikes.
As for the Orioles' offense, they had a good scoring opportunity in the second when Jake Fox led off with a double and moved to third on Josh Bell's liner to right field. Brendan Harris followed with a ground ball that Scutaro fielded and threw home to nail Fox at the plate. That loomed large when the next batter, Brandon Snyder, hit a sharp single.
It's 1-0 Red Sox heading into the bottom of the third.
(UPDATED) Drese just pitched a scoreless third, giving up a one-out single to Scutaro but retiring Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz to end the inning. WIth the rest of the Orioles starters going three innings, I'd assume he's done. He allowed the one run on three hits and a walk and threw 24 of his 41 pitches for strikes.
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