Rally snuffed out
Trailing the Florida Marlins by a run in the ninth inning, the Orioles appeared well on their way to another extra-inning game. Mike Costanzo blooped a single down the right-field line and Chris Heintz went to third, putting men on the corners with just one out. However, Joe Nelson got two quick strikes on Guillermo Quiroz and then got the Orioles catcher to hit into a game-ending double play. It was the Orioles' first Grapefruit League loss since they were beaten by the Marlins in their exhibition opener last week. They are now 4-2-1.
Trachsel gives up two
In his second start, Steve Trachsel made a couple of mistakes but was generally satisfied with his outing. Trachsel allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. Brett Carroll had an RBI double in the first inning for the Marlins and veteran Luis Gonzalez followed with a bloop RBI single. However, Trachsel finished his outing by pitching two scoreless innings. "I felt good," Trachsel said. "My curveball was really good today. I'm excited about that. It's a little early for that, so hopefully that will continue."
Bullpen puts up zeroes
Manager Dave Trembley used six relievers after Trachsel and each pitched a scoreless inning. George Sherrill, Chad Bradford, Lance Cormier, Fredy Deza, Bob McCrory and Greg Aquino gave up two hits and one walk. Sherrill and Aquino were particularly impressive. Sherrill, the Orioles' likely closer, threw 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes in a perfect fourth inning. Aquino struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth.
The Orioles will head down Alligator Alley today for an afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins. Daniel Cabrera is scheduled to make his second start of the exhibition season against veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez. Garrett Olson, Dennis Sarfate and Randor Bierd are also expected to pitch. Cabrera pitched three scoreless innings in his exhibition debut against the Washington Nationals.