Orioles unable to cash in
After Jay Payton walked and Corey Patterson doubled to start the ninth inning, the Orioles were poised to rally and tie the game. Brian Roberts' single drove in one run, but Patterson hesitated to leave second and didn't score. After Melvin Mora's unsuccessful bunt attempt and Nick Markakis' intentional walk, Miguel Tejada grounded out on the first pitch, ending the game.
Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard was in a groove, retiring the first nine batters in order. Ten pitches into the fourth inning, the no-hit and shutout bids were gone. With a man on, Athletics center fielder Nick Swisher deposited Bedard's pitch into the left-field stands. Bedard's rocky inning didn't get much better from there, as he allowed three more runs on a groundout, a wild pitch and a single.
Swisher got two hits last night, both times crushing the ball out of the park. Hitting his third and fourth home runs, off Bedard and reliever Danys Baez, respectively, Swisher was responsible for jump-starting the A's offense and adding an insurance run that ended up being the difference.
After a rainout spoiled his first chance to start this season, Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.38 ERA) gets the call for the Orioles this afternoon. The A's called up Dallas Braden from Triple-A Sacramento to make his major league debut in place of Rich Harden, who was placed on the disabled list yesterday.