The Los Angeles Angels' futility with men in scoring position finally ended in the seventh inning Friday night, just in time to send the Orioles to their first loss in seven games. Trailing 2-1, the Angels had men on second and third with two outs. Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo authorized an intentional walk of slugger Vladimir Guerrero to load the bases. Gary Matthews Jr. laced Daniel Cabrera's first pitch to left field, the two-run single giving the Angels a 3-2 lead.
TEJADA GOES DEEP
The questions about Miguel Tejada's power have certainly ceased. The Orioles shortstop hit another home run Friday night, a two-run shot in the first inning. The homer gave Tejada six home runs and 30 RBIs. They are not overwhelming numbers for a former American League Most Valuable Player, but they are impressive considering that Tejada went 100 at-bats before connecting for a homer against Toronto on May 24. He's had three home runs and nine RBIs in eight games since.
That the Orioles held the lead as long as they did Friday night can be traced not only to Cabrera's ability to bear down and make a good pitch when he really needed one, but also to Brian Roberts' and Tejada's ability to turn a double play. With men on first and third in the second inning, the pair combined to turn an inning-ending double play on the speedy Reggie Willits. They did it again with the bases loaded in the fifth as Matthews bounced into the inning-ending double play.
In Game 3 of the series, veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel (4-3, 3.39) took the mound for the Orioles opposite young Angels left-hander Joe Saunders (2-0, 1.96). Saunders was making the start in place of Bartolo Colon, who was scratched because of triceps soreness. Saunders was 7-3 with a 4.71 ERA in 13 starts for the Angels last season. Trachsel, who entered last night having won his past three starts, was 2-1 in four career starts against the Angels.