Saturday, July 30, 2005

MLB: Chicago White Sox 7, Orioles 2 (July 29)

WP: Orlando Hernandez (8-3)
LP: Erik Bedard (5-3)

BAL: 51-51 (4th in AL East, 6 behind Boston, 3.5 behind New York, 1 behind Toronto)

The Orioles skid has brought them all the way down to .500, a mark that they have been 14 games above at different points in the season.

Miguel Tejada's 4-for-4 night could not help the Orioles, as the White Sox jumped out early, going up 4-1 in the third on a Paul Konerko three-run blast.

Erik Bedard pitched just five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and four walks. It was just the second time this season that Bedard has failed to record a quality start.

Orlando Hernandez gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings to get the win.

After the third inning, Larry Bigbie left the game because he had been traded to Colorado for Eric Byrnes. It was the first trade that the Orioles have made in the trade deadline weekend.

Lee Mazzilli was ejected in the first inning after Scott Podsednik attempted to steal third base and was called safe on a close play.

Game two of the four game set is at 1:15 p.m today, as the Orioles will send Daniel Cabrera (8-8, 4.67 ERA, throws right) to the mound to try and keep the team from falling under the .500 mark. Cabrera will face Jose Contreras (6-6, 4.36 ERA, throws right).

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