The Orioles' rotation can't take many more hits or the club will be auditioning fans to make starts. After determining that Erik Bedard needed to be shut down for the rest of the season, the Orioles lost Jeremy Guthrie yesterday to a strained left oblique. Guthrie threw a pitch to the Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek in the sixth and hobbled off the mound. It took only one warm-up toss for Guthrie to determine that he couldn't continue, and he headed to the clubhouse.
One bad inning
Guthrie gave up two runs through the fifth inning, and both scored with two outs in the third. Rookie Dustin Pedroia singled and David Ortiz doubled to right - beating a pronounced infield shift that almost had second baseman Brian Roberts guarding the line. Mike Lowell followed with a two-run single to center. Tike Redman had a shot at cutting down Ortiz at the plate, but his throw tailed toward the first base side, enabling Lowell to advance to second on the error.
It came in the eighth with the score tied at 2 and reliever Chad Bradford on the mound. J.D. Drew led off with a single and stole second, Bradford's pitch glancing off backup catcher Gustavo Molina's mitt to prevent a throw. Bradford retired the next two batters, with Roberts making a leaping catch to rob Kevin Youkilis of a hit, but Coco Crisp singled to center field to score Drew.
The Orioles begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels tomorrow by sending out another new starter - their ninth since Aug. 26. Victor Santos, purchased from the Cincinnati Reds last week, will make his debut against Joe Saunders. Santos made 24 starts among his 29 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, and 19 starts among his 25 appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006.