When the Orioles optioned Garrett Olson to Single-A Bluefield on Aug. 24, they were hoping several bullpen sessions without the presence of major league hitters in the batter's box would help repair his command issues. But in his return to the rotation, he walked five and allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He fell to 1-3 with a 7.22 ERA.
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
It wasn't an error, but it was a play that second baseman Brian Roberts would likely admit should have been made. Olson had recorded two quick outs in the fourth and seemed to be on his way to an easy inning. But the Red Sox's Brandon Moss hit a sharp low liner to Roberts, whose glove came up with air. Julio Lugo followed with a bunt single and Dustin Pedroia reached on an infield single, forcing Olson to face David Ortiz, who cleared the bases with a double.
Right-hander Daniel Cabrera (9-13, 5.08) will get the ball this afternoon in the final game of the three-game series against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (2-0, 5.67). Cabrera is 1-7 with an 8.39 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox. He took the loss in his only start against them this season, allowing three earned runs on five hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. Lester is 9-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox.