Tonight’s Orioles – Mariners Lineups

June 02, 2009 |

Tonight the Orioles and Mariners will battle in game two of the teams’ three game set at 10:10pm EST from Safeco Field in Seattle as the Birds continue there six-game West Coast trip.

Last night the O’s won a good ol’ fashion pitchers’ duel by the score of 1-0 after Rich Hill turned in perhaps the best performance by a Baltimore starting pitcher this season.  Once Hill was able to avoid trouble in the first three innings against the pesky M’s lineup, he was on cruise-control afterward.  He, along with Jim Johnson in the eighth, and George Sherrill closing things out in the ninth, retired the last 20 Seattle batters to step to the plate.

In a bit of a baseball oddity, Orioles fans are probably much more familiar with the opposing team’s starting pitcher than their own.

Tonight Dave Trembley, his team, and their fans will get just their second look at hard-throwing David Hernandez on the major league level.  Just days after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk Hernandez earned the win in his big league debut at Camden Yards in a 5-1 Oriole victory on May 28.  The 24-year old, 6’3, 215lb right-hander scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run over his 5.2 innings of work.  Hernandez had astounding strikeout numbers throughout his tenure in the farm system, but it didn’t exactly translate in his first outing against Detroit, he only struck out three while walking four opposing hitters.

The familiar face on the bump tonight for the Mariners is none other than former Oriole, Erik Bedard.  The lefty seems to have his mojo back after a sub-par and injury-plagued first season out west last year.  Through eight starts Bedard has compiled a record of 3-2, with a very low 2.48 ERA, and an impressive 56 K’s in 54.1 innings.  Bedard spent four full seasons in the Baltimore rotation, but was traded to Seattle in the offseason going into ’08 for current starting centerfielder Adam Jones, closer George Sherrill, and #1 pitching prospect Chris Tillman, amongst others.  In an Orange and Black uniform Bedard tallied 40 wins from ’04-’07.

Here are this evening’s starting lineups that will be taking the field in the Emerald City:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – DH
Melvin Mora – 3B
Ty Wigginton – 1B
Matt Wieters – C
Nolan Reimold – LF
Cesar Izturis – SS

Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki – RF
Russell Branyan – 1B
Adrian Beltre – 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. – DH
Jose Lopez – 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt – SS
Rob Johnson – C
Endy Chavez – LF
Franklin Gutierrez – CF

Bedard set the O's all-time single season K's record with 221 in '07. (Courtesy: AP)

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