A recap of the Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Yankees yesterday:
Maybe he was due
Chad Bradford gives up home runs about as often as the Orioles wear "Baltimore" on their road jerseys. OK, maybe a little more often, but it's unusual to see someone take him deep. Johnny Damon belted a two-run homer off Bradford in the seventh inning yesterday after Steve Trachsel left the game, increasing the Yankees' lead to 4-0. The only long ball that Bradford surrendered last year came Sept. 22, when the Texas Rangers' Hank Blalock connected off him. He has given up four homers since the start of the 2005 season.
The Orioles got a runner to third base with one out in the sixth and didn't score. They got a runner to third base with one out in the seventh and didn't score. Clutch hitting wasn't part of their game yesterday. Brian Roberts singled in the sixth, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. But Melvin Mora grounded to third, with Roberts forced to hold, and Nick Markakis struck out for the third time. Kevin Millar led off the seventh with a double and took third on Luke Scott's grounder to second. But Jay Payton broke his bat on a soft liner to short, and Adam Jones grounded out.
One day after showing off his rifle arm with an amazing throw to third base from the warning track in right field, Jones ran down three balls that looked like sure hits. He robbed Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano in succession in the second inning, racing back to the fence on both occasions and reaching over his head. But he saved his most spectacular catch for last. Jones sprinted into right-center field and made a diving grab, his arm extended as far as it would go, to take an extra-base hit away from Derek Jeter in the seventh. He landed hard but held on to the ball.
The Orioles are off today, but they'll be flying to Seattle to begin a three-game series against the Mariners. Manager Dave Trembley adjusted the rotation by moving up Jeremy Guthrie's start from Wednesday to tomorrow (10:10 p.m.) The Mariners are starting Felix Hernandez, who blanked the Orioles on five hits over eight innings April 6, but was denied the win after the Orioles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 victory. Guthrie opposed Hernandez that day and allowed two runs in seven innings.