Blip of a start
Orioles starter Brian Burres turned in his shortest start of the season, getting blasted for five runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed a two-run double to Torii Hunter in the first inning and then a solo homer to Juan Rivera and a two-run shot by Casey Kotchman before being removed in the second. It was the second-shortest start of his career, behind July 5, 2007, against the Chicago White Sox, when he allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. It was the second shortest of the season for an Orioles starter, tying Steve Trachsel's 1 2/3 -inning stint at Tampa Bay on May 24. The shortest overall in 2008 was Matt Albers' spot start June 25 at Wrigley Field, when he left because of an injury after retiring one batter.
A big two-out inning
The Orioles were trailing 5-1 in the seventh, and Los Angeles starter Joe Saunders was cruising. But after two groundouts, the Orioles made it close. Ramon Hernandez and Adam Jones hit consecutive singles, and Kevin Millar walked to load the bases. Jay Payton followed with a two-run double to center, his first hit of the game. Millar scored a batter later on a passed ball by Angels catcher Jeff Mathis to make it 5-4. Reliever Scot Shields then came in and struck out Brian Roberts.
Down 5-0 in the second, manager Dave Trembley had to call on his bullpen. And the relievers didn't disappoint. Dennis Sarfate pitched 3 1/3 innings and didn't allow a hit. Alberto Castillo continued the trend with two innings of no-hit ball before Chad Bradford allowed an insurance run in the eighth. Jim Johnson allowed a walk but pitched a scoreless ninth. Overall, the bullpen gave up one run on two hits in 7 1/3 innings.
The Orioles have two games remaining before leaving home for 11 days. Rookie Radhames Liz starts tonight (7:05) for the Orioles, and he'll be making only his second career appearance against the Angels. He walked four batters in one inning the last time he faced them. Liz is coming off an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays, when he allowed three runs and walked six in 5 2/3 innings. He has issued 14 walks in his past three starts covering 11 2/3 innings. Jon Garland, formerly of the White Sox, starts for the Angels tonight. He is 6-2 against the Orioles.