Bats Go Dead as O's fall 6-2 to Chicago

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Posted May 2, 2011


Baltimore was unable to complete the sweep as the offense fell quiet.

Going for the four game sweep of the White Sox, the Orioles failed to keep the bats going as they fell 6-0. Jeremy Guthrie dropped his fourth game of the season while Mark Buehrle got his first win. Sergio Santos got the save.

After retiring the first six batter faces, Guthrie gave up a leadoff single to Alex Rios, who then stole second. With two outs, Juan Pierre blooped a single in front of Adam Jones to drive in the run, but he ended the inning, getting thrown out on an attempted steal.

Paul Konerko added another run in the fourth on a solo shot off Guthrie.

In the sixth inning, Guthrie got into trouble when he allowed the bases to be loaded on a single and two walks. Konerko got his second RBI of the night on a sac fly to put the White Sox up by three.

Rios went deep to add an insurance run in the seventh inning. Konerko went deep for the second time on the night to give Chicago two more runs.

Markakis was taken out of the game after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning and Cesar Izturis ran for him. He came around to score when Lee ended the White Sox shutout bid with a two-run blast to right field.

Guthrie worked seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits as the White Sox were able to make optimal use of their hits. He walked two and struck out four, bring his ERA to 3.00. Of his 110 pitches, 71 went for strikes. Guthrie retired the first six batters faced before his first hit allowed and sat down the next five before the second. The Birds have scored Guthrie 13 runs in his starts this season.

Clay Rapada took over in the eighth inning, working 0.2 innings and allowing a hit. Josh Rupe finished the inning after giving up two runs to cross—one charged to Rapada—on three hits. Rupe has allowed five homers in his eight outings—an 11 inning stretch.

Buehrle gave up eight hits over 6.2 scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out four, keeping the Orioles from getting the big inning by keeping the ball on the ground. Jesse Crain came out of the pen to finish the seventh and stayed on into the eighth, to get three strike outs and allow a base hit. Chris Sale took the ninth inning, managing to get two outs before allowing the Orioles to start a rally. He gave up two runs with two hits and a walk. Sergio Santos came on to end the game, retiring the one batter he faced.

Oriole offense could not string enough hits together to get the win tonight. They left 13 runners on base and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. There were two runners left on in each of the first four innings. There was at least one runner on in every inning. Despite Derrek Lee, Markakis, Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones all having a multi-hit game, the bats were not able to produce a run. Jones ended an 0-for-14 with a double in the fourth inning for one of his three hits and stole a base.

Matt Wieters threw out two trying to steal tonight to bring his stats up to eight and tying him for fifth amongst all catchers this season. He brought his caught stealing percentage up to .571, which puts him ranked at second in the majors.

The team is headed to Kansas City to start the series off tomorrow. Baltimore will send Brad Bergesen (0-3) to the mound to face Jess Francis (0-3).



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