Burnett overpowers O's
It didn't take the Orioles long to get a good look at what they were up against last night in A.J. Burnett. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out the first two Orioles he faced in a total of six pitches and then fanned Miguel Tejada to end the first. Kevin Millar was one of the few Orioles to take good swings against Burnett, hitting a third-inning bases-empty home run and a single. Burnett allowed just one run and three hits in a complete-game domination of the Orioles.
Burres not good enough
The Blue Jays didn't make great contact off Orioles starter Brian Burres, but they did enough to score two runs and chase him out of the game with no outs in the sixth inning. Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the fourth and Troy Glaus had one in the fifth. Burres made 96 pitches when he was taken out after allowing a leadoff single to Lyle Overbay in the sixth. All seven of the Toronto hits off Burres were singles.
Bradford finds form
Orioles reliever Chad Bradford has struggled at times this season, but that was not the case last night. Entering the game with no outs and a man on in the sixth, Bradford quickly gave up a hit. But he retired the next six hitters he faced, four of them by strikeout. Danys Baez also pitched a scoreless eighth to keep the deficit at one run.
After today's day off, the Orioles will start interleague play and a three-game series tomorrow against the Washington Nationals. Veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel (1-3, 3.94) will go in Game 1 for the Orioles against right-hander Jason Simontacchi. As a New York Met last season, Trachsel was 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts against Washington.