Tonight’s Orioles – Mariners Lineups

June 10, 2009 |

The Orioles will shoot for back-to-back wins at 7:05pm tonight when they take on the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of the teams’ three-game midweek set at Camden Yards.

Like clockwork, the O’s were back in Baltimore last night and played considerably better than they showed on the road on the West Coast last week.  Rookie Brad Bergesen turned in his third consecutive quality start, all of which have been caught by Matt Wieters, and went eight shutout innings in picking up the victory in a 3-1 win by the Orioles.  The offense proved to still be a work in progress, but did muster nine hits and score three runs to break their five-game losing streak.  Nolan Reimold had a pair of RBI hits, connecting on a solo homer run in the 5th, and then singling in the O’s final run with 2-outs in the sixth.

Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound this evening for his thirteenth start of the ’09 campaign.  Both he and O’s fans hope #13 is lucky, or at least much, much better than #12.  Just five short days ago Guthrie walked off the bump at the Oakland Coliseum after only managing to retire two batters and surrendering six earned runs in the shortest outing of his career.  However, tonight’s game being played at OPACY does bode well for the Orioles ’09 Opening Day starter;  in five outing on the road he’s accumulated an ERA of over 8.00, whereas in front of the home fans he has right around a league average 3.83 mark.

The Mariners will have their legitimate front-of-the-line #1 starter going for them in “King” Felix Hernandez.  The 24-year old Venezuelan is already in his fifth big league season and so far this year owns a 5-3 record with a 3.22 ERA.  The Orioles missed Hernandez in Seattle last week — which is a good thing.  Over his last three starts, Hernandez has been almost unconscious on the mound and in his last 21.2 innings has yielded just two earned runs, which equates to a miniscule 0.83 ERA.

Here are this evening starting lineups:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Nolan Reimold – LF
Matt Wieters – C
Robert Andino – SS

Mariners

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

Reimold's blast last night was his 7th homer of his rookie season. (Courtesy: AP)

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