Bedard Comes Out Dealing
Erik Bedard pitched seven scoreless innings in his duel with Roger Clemens. He gave up only two hits and struck out eight, including the first four batters he faced. The left-hander did not allow a Yankee past first base. Bedard got Johnny Damon on a called third strike to begin the game. He followed that by striking out Derek Jeter. He ended the inning by freezing Hideki Matsui with a 3-2 fastball and then struck out Alex Rodriguez to start the second inning.
Offense Gets To Clemens
The Orioles finally broke through against Clemens in the sixth. With the game scoreless, Chris Gomez led off with a single to center field. After Nick Markakis drew a walk, pitching coach Ron Guidry visited Clemens on the mound but left him in. Catcher Ramon Hernandez promptly singled up the middle, scoring Gomez for the first run of the game. Aubrey Huff followed with a three-run blast to the opposite field to make it 4-0.
Bullpen Seals The Deal
With Bedard done for the night, it was time for the bullpen to take over. Jamie Walker did his part first, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Melky Cabrera but retired the next three Yankees. Chad Bradford replaced Walker to pitch the ninth. He gave up two hits, one to Jeter and one to Rodriguez, but preserved the shutout by striking out Jorge Posada and getting Bobby Abreu to ground out to end the game.
The Orioles will try to sweep the three-game series tonight. Starting for the Orioles will be 26-year-old right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who will oppose right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. Cabrera is 6-8 with a 4.98 ERA and has 83 strikeouts. Wang is 7-4 with a 3.51 ERA and has won six of his past seven decisions. The Orioles will be going for their fifth sweep of the season. The last time the Orioles swept the Yankees was April 2005.