Extra Bases

How do you say the sky is falling in Japanese?

Because that’s what happened to Daisuke. Six straight Orioles reached–single, double, walk, walk, single, walk. Two of those walks, to Nick Markakis and Kevin Millar forced in runs. Daisuke then got two outs, whiffing Aubrey Huff after he just missed hitting a slam, and retiring Jay Payton on a pop to second.
But then Scott Moore, a kid the Orioles got from the Cubs in the Steve Trachsel deal, hit a grand slam, his first hit in 10 ABs as an Orioles and his first career slam, and the Orioles had a seven-spot on the board. That’s their biggest inning of the season.
Matsuzaka was done, and now the Orioles are pouring it on. Brian Roberts opened the fourth with a single, took second on a passed ball and scored when Julio Lugo threw away Tike Redman’s ground ball. Nick Markakis followed with a HR and it’s 11-4.
This is the first time this season that Daisuke didin’t go at least five innings. In his last five starts, he has allowed 28 earned runs in 26 1/3 innings, a 9.57 ERA. Tito Francona insists Daisuke isn’t tired. Wonder if he alters that message tonight.

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