Lessons not learned, Part I
The Orioles did absolutely nothing against Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona when they saw him eight days earlier, managing just six hits and one earned run in 8 1/3 innings. Yesterday, they didn't fare much better, with only seven hits off him and one unearned run in seven innings. Four of the Orioles' seven hits off Carmona were infield singles.
Lesson not learned, Part II
Second baseman Brian Roberts cost the Orioles a run last month against the Oakland Athletics when he tried to get the inning's final out by flipping the ball to second rather than just throwing to first. Shortstop Miguel Tejada did the same thing yesterday, fielding Casey Blake's eighth-inning grounder and throwing it to second base. The runner, Josh Barfield, was safe on the play, loading the bases for Travis Hafner. The Indians slugger hit Jamie Walker's pitch over the right-field wall for a grand slam.
Walker is not the only one in the bullpen to have his problems. All told, Orioles relievers pitched three innings yesterday and gave up nine earned runs, two home runs and eight hits while walking three. Chad Bradford and John Parrish gave up two earned runs each. Walker surrendered four and Todd Williams allowed one.
The Orioles open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tonight with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (1-1, 5.87 ERA) taking the mound against right-hander Jae Seo (1-2, 8.19). It is Guthrie's second start this season. Seo started against the Orioles once last season and held them to two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings but got a no-decision.