CABRERA IS COMMANDING
When Daniel Cabrera beat the New York Yankees in his last outing, holding them to two runs over six innings, the big question was could he do it again. He certainly could. Cabrera produced his third straight strong start, holding the Mariners to two runs in eight innings, the longest outing for an Orioles starter this year. Cabrera got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning by allowing just one run, and he retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced. He allowed five hits and didn't walk a batter for the first time since May 10 of last year, a span of 30 starts.
IT MEANS STOP
The Orioles' offense has been getting nothing going, so they could ill afford to run themselves out of scoring opportunities. But that's what happened in the fifth inning. With men on first and second and no outs, Ramon Hernandez drove Carlos Silva's pitch over left fielder Raul Ibanez's head. Aubrey Huff, who was on second base, got a late break, thinking that Ibanez would catch it. Huff, who had Adam Jones bearing down on him, ran right through third base coach Juan Samuel's stop sign. He was thrown out at home easily. Luis Hernandez bounced into a double play to end the threat.
To say that the Orioles weren't pleased with plate umpire Brian Runge in the fourth inning would be an understatement. Runge punched out both Nick Markakis and Luke Scott looking in the inning, the third and fourth called third strikes on Orioles to that point. Markakis, who also struck out looking in the first, had plenty to say to Runge on his way to the dugout and appeared to be on the verge of his first career ejection. When Runge rung up Scott to end the inning, hitting coach Terry Crowley and Scott yelled at the umpire and manager Dave Trembley also came out of the dugout to talk to Runge.
In the series finale tonight at 10:10, Adam Loewen (0-1, 6.32) will start for the Orioles against Seattle veteran left-hander Jarrod Washburn (1-3, 4.13). Loewen has made two career starts against the Mariners and is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA. He gave up four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against them in a no-decision April 5. Washburn is 6-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 13 career outings against the Orioles. He took the loss against them April 4, allowing three earned runs in five innings, his shortest outing of the season.