Saturday, July 23, 2005

MLB: Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7, Orioles 5 (July 22)

WP: Seth McClung (1-5)
LP: Bruce Chen (7-6)
S: Danys Baez (18)

BAL: 50-45 (3rd in AL East, 2.5 behind Boston, 1 behind New York)
TB: 33-64 (5th in AL East, 20.5 behind Boston)

The Orioles looked to resurrect their season and make a push at first place in the American League East playing against the worst team in the league and one of the worst pitchers in the league, but Bruce Chen got pounded and they lost their fifth of the last six games.

Seth McClung, pitching for the Devil Rays, got his first win in two years despite giving up three runs in the first two innings. He ended up giving up four runs in five innings.

Bruce Chen gave up a five-run second inning that was capped off by an Aubrey Huff grand slam that put the Devil Rays ahead 6-3, and the Orioles would never recover. Chen gave up six runs on 4.1 innings.

Larry Bigbie, who has been in the middle of trade talks, went 3-for-4 for the Orioles with a home run.

The O's have another shot at the worst team in baseball tonight at 6:15 in Tampa, with Sidney Ponson (7-8, 6.04 ERA, throws right) going against Scott Kazmir (4-7, 4.33 ERA, throws left).

Ponson has been in recent trade talks himself, as the Orioles apparently are looking to dump him so they can take on salary, which would make the Orioles able to take Mike Lowell in a deal for A.J. Burnett.

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