CABRERA WILD AGAIN
Daniel Cabrera didn't have his velocity or his command last night, and the result was a rocky six innings that saw the Orioles starter give up five earned runs on six hits, five walks and a hit batsman. It marked the third time this season Cabrera gave up six earned runs or more and the five walks were one off a season high. Even with his early struggles, Cabrera held things together until the fourth, when he issued Tadahito Iguchi a two-out walk, setting the stage for Jim Thome's three-run homer.
The spark the Orioles showed in coming back from four runs down in the last two innings in Monday's series opener was mostly absent. The Orioles got virtually nothing off Chicago starter Javier Vazquez, aside from Kevin Millar's bases-empty homer in the second inning. Vazquez allowed just four hits and no walks in the complete-game effort, while striking out seven Orioles. He retired the final 16 batters he faced after Ramon Hernandez reached on a two-out infield single in the fourth.
PARRISH PITCHES WELL
Interim manager Dave Trembley didn't want to tax his bullpen with his team down by four runs, so he asked struggling left-hander John Parrish to pitch the seventh and eighth innings. Parrish did an admirable job, allowing one walk while striking out three in the two innings. More importantly, it allowed Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford to get a second straight night off. It was also a good comeback for Parrish, who allowed three earned runs and managed to get just one out in his last outing, against the New York Yankees.
Left-hander Garrett Olson will make his major league debut tonight against White Sox veteran right-hander Jose Contreras (5-9, 4.89). Olson is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 17 starts in Triple-A this season. Contreras has lost five of his past six decisions, giving up five earned runs or more in three of them. He is 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA in eight career games against the Orioles.