The Orioles' inability to score runs late haunted them once again in a game when, in the top of the 10th, the Rockies' Kazuo Matsui doubled home Chris Iannetta, giving Colorado a 3-2 lead - its first of the night - and ultimately the win. Todd Williams, who had been pitching well lately, gave up the hit to Matsui, his second of the game. The early 2-0 lead was nothing new to the Orioles, who have led in their past 17 games, but the bullpen and the bats were unable to maintain it this time.
Guthrie settles in
After giving up two runs to the Rockies in the second inning, Orioles rookie pitcher Jeremy Guthrie settled down and didn't give up another run. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on, getting his fastball up to 98 mph at one point. He pitched eight strong innings and left with the score tied after throwing 114 pitches, 71 for strikes. Including last night's game, he has worked at least seven innings in his past six starts.
Most of the crowd didn't hear that Rodrigo Lopez was pitching last night - either that or the fans didn't care. Lopez, who pitched for the Orioles from 2002 to 2006, received an apathetic reception during the pre-game introduction. His performance was more than solid, though, keeping the Rockies in a tight game. He pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. Lopez was the Orioles' winningest pitcher during the four-year stretch he pitched in Baltimore.
The Orioles will look to extend Jason Hirsh's recent misfortune. The Rockies pitcher has not won a game his past eight starts, although he was efficient in his last game against the Houston Astros, only giving up two runs in six innings. The Orioles will counter with Erik Bedard, who is coming off a no-decision against the Seattle Mariners and has been pitching well recently.