GUTHRIE SHINES AGAIN
It stands to reason that Jeremy Guthrie is going to struggle one of these outings. Every pitcher does. But it hasn't happened yet, and Guthrie continues to boost his American League Rookie of the Year and All-Star candidacy. Last night, he held the Padres, who had 12 runs a night earlier, to one run and four hits in eight innings, improving to 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA. Guthrie, who struck out nine and took a shutout into the eighth, has given up two earned runs or fewer in eight of nine starts .
When Miguel Tejada crashed to the ground after getting hit in the left wrist by Doug Brocail's fastball leading off the eighth inning last night, a 3-0 lead and another dominating performance by Guthrie suddenly didn't matter as much. Interim manager Dave Trembley and head trainer Richie Bancells rushed out of the dugout to tend to the star shortstop, who popped off the ground and started toward first base. Tejada stayed in the game but was removed after the top of the inning.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The Orioles did all their damage off Padres right-handed starter Justin Germano in the first inning as their first five batters reached base. Nick Markakis hit an RBI single to score Brian Roberts, who led off the game with a double down the left-field line. Kevin Millar scored Markakis with an RBI double off the left-field wall, and Miguel Tejada drove him in by hooking a double to left field. After Melvin Mora walked, Germano retired the next three batters.
Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard (4-4, 3.64) will oppose San Diego's veteran left-hander David Wells (3-4, 4.86) in the series finale this afternoon. Bedard has only one win in his last 11 outings, but he's lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 3.64 during that span. Wells, a former Oriole, is 17-12 with a 3.90 ERA in 45 career games against his old team. He's gone past the sixth inning only twice in 13 starts this year.