A recap of the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Brewers last night:
MCCLUNG GETS IT DONE
The Orioles had seen plenty of Seth McClung from his days with the Tampa Bay Rays, but he bore no resemblance to that guy last night. McClung didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and didn't surrender a run until Oscar Salazar's pinch-hit, two-run homer with two outs in the seventh. McClung walked five, but he surrendered only three hits and the two runs over 6 2/3 innings. In six starts this season, the converted reliever has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of them.
IT WAS CONTACT
Daniel Cabrera entered last night 0-for-9 at the plate with nine strikeouts. That trend continued, but at least Cabrera managed to make contract in his first at-bat. With Adam Jones on first base and one out in the top of the third inning, Cabrera tried to lay down a bunt with two strikes, but he fouled it over the screen for the strikeout. In his next at-bat with two men on and two out in the fifth, Cabrera looked at three straight strikes to fall to 0-for-11 with 11 strikeouts.
IN A PINCH
Orioles manager Dave Trembley has stuck with shortstop Freddie Bynum through his struggles, but his patience is seemingly waning. With men on second and third and one out in the fifth, Trembley pulled Bynum for pinch hitter Alex Cintron, who struck out. Bynum struck out in his only at-bat of the night, and his average fell to .192. Bynum is 1-for-18 over his past nine games with nine strikeouts. Since May 24, Bynum is 8-for-61 with 21 strikeouts.
Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson (5-2, 4.80) draws a tough assignment, opposing Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Manny Parra (6-2, 4.22) in the series finale, which starts today at 2:05 p.m. Parra has won five straight decisions and shut out the Toronto Blue Jays over seven innings in his last start. Olson, meanwhile, has allowed 10 earned runs in his past two outings, spanning 10 innings.