Camden Yards | 7:05 | Duke vs. Radhames Liz | Box
Matt Capps blew another save and lost the game. Oscar Salazar, whose most recent ML homer prior to today pre-dates the birth of my 5.5 year old daughter, hit a game tying solo homer in the 9th. Ramon Hernandez cracked a game winning single later in the same inning.
The Pirates had seized the lead in the 9th off of George Sherrill when Adam LaRoche hit a two run homer. That was the Pirates fourth dinger of the game.
Zach Duke was himself. He gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out a pair. Radhames Liz looked good – thanks to Eric for some scouting in the comments. Liz went 6-1/3 and allowed four runs, but just four hits.
The big news (and the bad news) is that Xavier Nady crashed into the wall along the right field line in the 9th trying to catch a foul fly. He left the game and was in obvious pain. After a quick run around the major sports sites, I can’t find any reporting on what the trouble might be.
I’ve never heard of Radhames Liz. He’s going tonight for the O’s. So, here’s a look at him from Baseball America. He has a live fastball and several other pitches in his arsenal. Plus, his arms are so long that they reach down below his knees. I read that and checked myself. My arms go down to just below the middle of my thighs. Yeah, that’s freakish. He’s a 6’2″ righty. He struck out better than a batter per inning in his minor league career.
Don’t know if the Orioles are keeping him on a pitch count or what. He has made two starts in 2008 and has gone no farther than 5-1/3 and 91 pitches. He allowed two earned runs in both outings. Playing for the Yanks last year, Doug Mientkiewicz went 1-2 of Liz. No other Buc has seen him.
For the second time this season, Zach Duke has won consecutive starts. He has given up six earned runs in his last 19-2/3 innings to drop his ERA to dead even with league adjusted average.
Duke has never faced Baltimore. But, Luke Scott homered off him while playing for Houston in 2007.