Monday, August 01, 2005

MLB: Chicago White Sox 9, Orioles 4 (July 31)

WP: Freddy Garcia (11-4)
LP: Rodrigo Lopez (9-6)

BAL: 51-53 (4th in AL East, 8 behind Boston, 5.5 behind New York, 2 behind Toronto)

The Orioles needed innings from Rodrigo Lopez to rest their overworked bullpen, and he would not deliver.

The White Sox scored five runs in top of the first inning and three more in the second to chase Lopez after just 1.1 innings.

The much-used bullpen pitched well, going 7.2 innings giving up just one run, aided by 3.2 innings of shutout work by Bruce Chen, who was scheduled to start tomorrow. Lee Mazzilli said during the game that Daniel Cabrera will start tomorrow instead.

The Orioles did have a bright spot with back-to-back homers by Brian Roberts and Eric Byrnes that made it 9-4 in the seventh inning, but by that time the game already was out of hand.

Byrnes went 3-for-5 and was a triple shy of the cycle.

The White Sox scored all five of their runs in the first inning with two outs.

For some reason, this loss wasn't that hard to take. Probably because it was already a lost cause after the first inning. After the second inning, the O's outscored the Sox 3-1.

Bruce Chen really helped out today, giving some of the key players in the bullpen who had been pitching most of the last three games a rest, so that could help if the Orioles can keep the game close for once.

The O's did fight hard even after falling behind 8-1, which shows the fans that maybe the team isn't giving up on this season yet.

Hopefully the O's can get a win tomorrow and leave town on a high note. I'm still optimistic that the team has a run in it.

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