Sunday, September 7, 2008

O's Drop Season-worst Eighth Straight

The losses continue to pile up...the Birds fell again last night to the Oakland A's, 5-1.

Daniel Cabrera took the loss, and was unable to make it through four innings. Cabrera allowed two runs off five hits through three innings, but walked six batters while striking out just one. He threw 84 pitches, 42 for strikes.

That was all the cushion the A's would need, as the O's were held to just one run in the eighth inning. The Birds managed just five hits all night...Nick Markakis' sac fly was all the bats could muster.

New relief pitcher Alfredo Simon came on after Cabrera exited, and allowed two home runs in an inning and 2/ least he didn't walk anyone (though he did hit a batter!). The Orioles have lost eight games straight, and have walked 63 batters in those games (averaging nearly eight walks per game).

As expected, the first game of the doubleheader was postponed due to Tropical Storm Hanna; a make-up date has yet to have been announced. That may have been good news for the Birds...the team has Sunday off before Cleveland comes to town. Garrett Olson is scheduled to start Monday...both Melvin Mora and Aubrey Huff are expected to return to the lineup...

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