Rookie pitcher Radhames Liz didn't get past the first batter last night without having issues. His problems stemmed from Akinori Iwamura's line drive that nailed him on the left calf. The ball caromed toward first base as Iwamura reached safely. Liz started to limp back to the mound while assistant trainer Brian Ebel and manager Dave Trembley rushed onto the field. Liz threw two warm-up tosses and signaled he could continue. It probably wasn't the best decision, given what happened next.
IT'S NOT WORKING
Making his third major league start, Liz retired only five of the 13 batters he faced. He allowed four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He went to a full count with the first three batters and never found his rhythm. In 10 2/3 innings, Liz has allowed 11 runs and 14 hits, walked eight and struck out nine. His fastball reached the upper 90s last night, but the Devil Rays had little trouble getting around on it.
Before last night, Rob Bell hadn't pitched at Tropicana Field since walking the only batter he faced May 10, 2005. The Devil Rays put him on the disabled list for "personal and psychological reasons," and he didn't reach the majors again until this season. The Orioles re-signed him and purchased his contract yesterday after he cleared waivers, and he was charged with six runs as Liz's replacement. He gave up back-to-back homers to Delmon Young and Brendan Harris in the third.
The Orioles begin a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. At least they'll miss Clay Buchholz, who was sent to the bullpen after no-hitting them Saturday. But they get 16-game winner Tim Wakefield and his maddening knuckleball tonight. Rookie Garrett Olson pitches for the Orioles. Wakefield was scratched from tomorrow's start against the Orioles because of back stiffness. He's won three straight starts and six of seven.