May 2005 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Orioles Place Bigbie On The DL
The Baltimore Orioles placed outfield Larry Bigbie on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left hamstring. Bigbie, who's hitting .241 in 33 games, originally hurt his hamstring on May 12. "Unfortunately it just came quick, and you have, really, four main guys on the DL right now," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "But you have to weather the storm; you've got to get through it. I'm not worried about guys hanging their heads on this team, not at all."
Javy Lopez Breaks Bone In Right Hand
Orioles catcher Javy Lopez broke a bone in his right hand Tuesday night and will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday. He is expected to miss at least six weeks. "Hopefully, we'll be resilient," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You lose a guy and it's a tough blow, but what are you going to do? You've got to go out and play, and that's what we're going to do." Mere hours after activating Sammy Sosa from the 15-day disabled list, the Orioles lost Lopez, who was hit on his non-glove hand by a foul tip off the bat of Seattle's Bret Boone. "Knowing that I'm going to miss at least six weeks is pretty frustrating, especially when I'm starting to feel good with the bat and right when Sammy came back to the lineup," Lopez said. "I've been hit by foul tips before, but this is the first time I broke a bone."
Sosa Ready To Make His Return On Tuesday
Out since May 4th because of an abscess and staph infection on the bottom of his left foot, Orioles right fielder Sammy Sosa says he is on schedule to return to the Orioles lineup for Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. "Everything is great," said Sosa, who plans to tape his foot and ankle to give the bottom of his foot more support. "It's a little [sore], but I can deal with that. I haven't faced any pitching yet, but right now, I am good to go."
Phillies Put Up O's Against Baltimore
Baseball fortunes sure can change in a hurry. Just when the Philadelphia Phillies started feeling good about themselves after winning four of five games they got pummeled 7-0 by the American League East leading Baltimore Orioles. Phillies? starting pitcher Vicente Padilla, whose often-hyped ?great stuff? never seems to make it intact from the bullpen to the field, struggled one again. Scuffling through 5 2/3 largely ineffective innings, the Nicaraguan righthander gave up 10 hits and 4 runs, to see his record drop to 1-5 and his ERA rise to a disgraceful 7.03. Padilla has not consistently pitched well since the first half of the 2002 season. Meanwhile, the Phillies? bats, which had come alive in recent games, were silenced by lefthander Erik Bedard (5-1). Bedard threw seven shutout innings and struck out seven. He ranks second in the American League with a 2.08 ERA. The Phillies certainly hoped for better with Jim Thome back in the lineup for the first time since April 30. Thome had been sidelined by a lower back strain. Instead, they were shut out for the third time in the 2005 season. Bobby Abreu?s hitting streak was halted at 13 games. All the familiar bugaboos that landed the Phillies in last place re-surfaced at Camden Yards last night. Padilla put them behind early and ran a lot of deep counts. Leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins couldn?t get on base. No one hit in the clutch (5 of the 7 runners the Phillies left on base were stranded in scoring position). Third base baseman David Bell struck out in a key spot with the deficit still only 2-0. He also dropped a throw on a bunt to commit his National League worst ninth error of the season, leading to an unearned run. Relief pitcher Terry Adams lasted just two-thirds of an inning, seeing his ERA climb to 12.46 ERA. He opened the eighth inning by allowing a walk, a single, another walk, and a three-run double to Chris Gomez to make it a blowout. The loss makes the final game of the Baltimore series crucial for the Phillies. Win and the team will have taken two of three against a pair of first place clubs ? the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore. Lose and the Phils will be right back where they started the week; 5 games below .500. With road series against division opponents Florida and Atlanta next on the docket, the Phillies need to start building momentum now or the season will be effectively over by June 1.
White Sox Lead Streak Ends At 37 Games
For the first time in 37 games, the Chicago White Sox didn't have a lead during a game, as they lost to the Baltimore Orioles by a final score of 6-2. Chicago set a major league record by having a lead in 37 straight games to begin a season. That also tied the 1934 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest overall streak with a lead. ``The only streak I care about is the winning streak and the losing streak,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``It was nice to be in the book and it was a nice run. Hopefully, we'll start another one.'' ``It's a hell of a thing,'' Jermaine Dye said of the streak. ``But that's not something as players in the clubhouse, that we think about. We just want to win series.''
White Sox Win 27th In 36 Games
Paul Konerko hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the seventh inning as the White Sox picked up their 27th win in 36 games, defeating the Orioles 5-3. ``When you are scuffling, you are hopeful when you do well it's in a meaningful spot. That's all you can hope for,'' said Konerko. Mark Buehrle (6-1) allowed five hits in eight innings to win his fifth straight decision after giving up 3 runs in the 4th. ``Buehrle doesn't really have a pattern. He throws everything on the corners,'' Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said. ``He threw a lot of strikes. I've seen him do that before. You've got to get him early.''
Garland Wins 7th Game Of Season
Jon Garland allowed eight hits in eight innings and struck out Miguel Tejada on a 3-2 changeup with two on to stop a late Orioles' rally Thursday night as the Chicago White Sox beat Baltimore 3-2. ``It was one of the best pitches I threw all night. There are some RBIs out there for him and he wants to swing the bat and hit. He swung over the top of it.'' Garland said of the eighth-inning strikeout. ``I knew if he got on, I was done. If he was going to beat me, he was going to hit something good. ... He's one of the best in the AL. He fouled off a couple of good pitches and things went my way this time.'' ``Garland's ball seemed like it was moving all over the place tonight,'' Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. ``Tejada fouled off a couple of tough ones, laid off a couple tough ones and he got him on a good pitch.''
Orioles Send Matos To The DL
One day after sending Sammy Sosa to the DL, the Baltimore Orioles placed center fielder Luis Matos to the DL with a broken right finger sustained in Tuesdays loss to Minnesota. Regardless of all the injuries the Orioles are still confident they can continue their winning ways. "We had the second-best record in baseball because we stayed away from injuries, but now that we have the injuries, we're going to deal with it, we're going to have to go out there and make adjustments," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "The other guys that were not playing will get a chance to play and have to step up."
Jones And Stewart Hit Home Runs On Successive Pitches
Pinch-hitter Jacque Jones and Shannon Stewart homered on successive pitches from the Orioles' Steve Kline in the 10th inning, lifting the Twins to a 6-4 victory Tuesday. The Twins trailed 4-2 in the seventh before rallying to earn their 10th win in 14 games. ``It's just the type of team we have,'' Jones said. ``We never give up, and that's against one of the toughest teams in baseball.''
Nagging Foot Injury Sends Sammy To DL
Sammy Sosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday after he failed to respond to treatment for a nagging foot injury. The move was retroactive to May 5. Sosa, who has not played since last Wednesday and missed four games, has been hindered by an abscess and staph infection on the bottom of his left foot. The right fielder has been instructed by team doctors to stay off his feet and will not accompany the Orioles on their upcoming road trip to Chicago and Kansas City. Baltimore's series against the White Sox, which begins Thursday, was to be Sosa's unofficial return to Chicago, where he played 13 seasons with the Cubs before being dealt to the Orioles in February.