Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 30th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (27-26) at Baltimore Orioles (29-24), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Dan Haren (4-5, 5.43)
Baltimore - Freddy Garcia (1-2, 4.61)
(Sports Network) - Baltimore's Chris Davis tries to continue his offensive
onslaught on Thursday when the Orioles close the four-game home-and-home
Beltway Series versus the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards.
On Wednesday, Davis finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBI
to offset Ryan Zimmerman's first career three-home run game, as the Orioles
utilized a six-run seventh inning to outlast the Nats, 9-6.
Nick Markakis added a solo homer and two RBI and Steve Pearce contributed a
two-run shot as part of the game-changing seventh inning for the Orioles.
Davis leads the majors with 19 homers, and his 50 RBI and .359 average are
also among the league leaders. He's batting .432 over the past 19 games and is
18-for-30 with six homers and nine RBI in the past eight games.
"I think Chris has got a grip on how hard it is to be consistent with this,"
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "For a power hitter, he's been pretty
consistent so far. I think he understands that he's respected and guys are
going to be very cautious with him."
Baltimore reliever Steve Johnson (1-1) earned the win after replacing starter
Chris Tillman in the fifth with the Orioles trailing 6-2. Tillman lasted 4 2/3
innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, including four homers and all three
of Zimmerman's shots.
"I thought Stevie's (Pearce) home run kind of brought us back," Showalter
said. "But probably the key outing was Johnson. That's going to be over
Zimmerman homered in his first three at-bats and finished with four RBI.
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (8-3), who was looking to become the
MLB's first nine-game winner of the season, was charged with a season-high
seven runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings to absorb the loss.
Roger Bernadina hit a solo homer and Denard Span drove in the other Washington
run. The clubs split a pair of games in D.C. over the previous two days.
"We've been pretty good holding a lead," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said,
"But strange things happen at this ballpark."
Getting the call for the O's on Thursday will be righty Freddy Garcia, who won
his first start of the year on Saturday in Toronto and is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA
on the year. Garcia held the Jays to two earned runs and nine hits in five
innings of that one.
Garcia is 2-0 in two games (1 start) against the Nats with a 3.00 ERA.
Washington, meanwhile, will counter with righty Dan Haren, who is winless in
his last three starts and is 4-5 on the year with a 5.43 ERA. Haren did not
get a decision on Saturday against Philadelphia, as he allowed three runs and
struck out 10 over six innings of a 5-3 loss.
"Stuff-wise, (Saturday), is about as good as I've had all year," said Haren.
"I just made a couple of mistakes. If I'm throwing like (that), we'll be
Haren is 5-3 versus the O's with a 4.02 ERA in 11 starts.
Baltimore took four of six games from the Nats last season.
05/30 10:27:05 ET