Baltimore at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Saunders (3-0) L: S. Trachsel (4-4)
HR: BAL - R. Hernandez (3)   ANA - M. Napoli (6)

Angels jump on Trachsel early, Saunders comes through in pinch

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Saunders knows the drill by now -- win a game for the Los Angeles Angels, get sent back to the minor leagues.

Saunders pitched well again in an emergency start for the ailing Bartolo Colon, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer after watching one get taken away from teammate Erick Aybar, and the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 on Saturday night.

After the game the AL West leaders announced that Saunders (3-0) would be optioned back to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for left fielder Garret Anderson, who was to be activated from the disabled list Sunday. Anderson worked out Saturday at Angel Stadium after a three-game minor league rehab stint with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Saunders allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, striking out none and walking three. It was the left-hander's first start in the majors since April 20 in Anaheim, when he pitched six scoreless innings in an 8-4 victory against Seattle.

Saunders was optioned to Salt Lake the following day when Colon came off the disabled list.

"It's a little easier this time," Saunders said. "It caught me by surprise last time, but it's just one of those business decisions. It's disappointing every time when they send you right back down. So when you get the chance to pitch up here, you try to make the most of it. I know it's a business and I know my place, so I'll be ready at any point in the season. And whenever they want me, they can come get me."

Steve Trachsel (4-4) threw 67 pitches over three innings, allowing five runs, five hits and four walks in his shortest outing with the Orioles. Last Monday, the right-hander needed just 104 pitches in a complete-game victory at Kansas City. This was only the second time in 12 starts this season that Trachsel allowed more than three earned runs -- and just the sixth time in his last 32 outings.

"My location wasn't real good and I was pitching behind in the count from the start of the game," Trachsel said. "You have four or five of these a year where you don't feel good and you try to battle through it. But I wasn't able to do it. It wasn't mechanics at all. I just wasn't sharp."

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis made the defensive play of the game in the third inning, leaping over the short fence in the right field corner and into the first row of seats to rob Aybar of what would have been his first major league home run.

"He put a good swing on it, and it surprised me because I had him played the other way," Markakis said. "I was just trying to get back to the spot and get under it. It felt great."

But two pitches later, all Markakis could do was watch as Napoli drove Trachsel's fastball over the wall in right-center with a man on to give the Angels a 5-2 lead.

Scott Williamson relieved Trachsel, giving up a sacrifice fly in the fourth to Orlando Cabrera and an RBI single in the fifth to Chone Figgins -- who is 8-for-11 in three games after sitting out the previous two because of a prolonged slump.

Ramon Hernandez drove in four runs for the Orioles, hitting a two-run double in the second against Saunders and a two-run homer in the ninth against Hector Carrasco.

Baltimore opened the scoring with Hernandez's double. But the Angels responded with three in the bottom half against Trachsel, who needed 37 pitches to get out of the inning after retiring the side in order in the first. He minimized the damage by getting Vladimir Guerrero to fly out with the bases loaded.


  • The last time Trachsel faced the Angels was June 15, 2003, when he beat them 8-0 with the second of his three career one-hitters.
  • It was the second time this season that Mora was hit by a pitch and the 87th time with the Orioles, second-most in franchise history behind Brady Anderson (148).
  • RHP Danys Baez, who was demoted from setup man to middle relief, has pitched a scoreless inning in each of his two appearances during this series. He has allowed only two earned runs in 18 career innings against the Angels.
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Mike Napoli swats a two-run blast in the third to help the Angels take two in a row from the O's.  (AP)
Mike Napoli swats a two-run blast in the third to help the Angels take two in a row from the O's. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Napoli
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000002 .312
Jay Payton, CF4010000 .295
Nick Markakis, RF4000011 .261
Miguel Tejada, SS4010001 .308
Kevin Millar, DH2100200 .257
Melvin Mora, 3B2210102 .240
Ramon Hernandez, C4124001 .262
Jay Gibbons, LF4000001 .210
Chris Gomez, 1B3010001 .300
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH1000000 .249
a-flied out for Gomez in the 9th
2B - Jay Payton (6, Saunders), Ramon Hernandez (7, Saunders)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (3, Carrasco)
RBI - Ramon Hernandez 4 (26)
PB - Ramon Hernandez (3)
E - Ramon Hernandez (3, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel (L,4-4) 3555401 3.89
Scott Williamson 2221230 1.80
Todd Williams 2000020 6.10
Danys Baez 1000100 5.84
WP - Scott Williamson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 67-35, Scott Williamson 49-27, Todd Williams 30-21, Danys Baez 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 5-3, Scott Williamson 1-3, Todd Williams 4-0, Danys Baez 1-2
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 17, Scott Williamson 11, Todd Williams 6, Danys Baez 4
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF4000112 .326
Orlando Cabrera, SS3001101 .318
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000004 .349
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2110210 .288
Casey Kotchman, 1B3100112 .300
Erick Aybar, 2B4111001 .252
Mike Napoli, C3322110 .242
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3011111 .240
    Nathan Haynes, PR-DH0000000 .500
Chone Figgins, 3B4122001 .198
HR - Mike Napoli (6, Trachsel)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (3)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (27), Erick Aybar (12), Mike Napoli 2 (17), Shea Hillenbrand (18), Chone Figgins 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli 2 (5), Chone Figgins (1)
SB - Reggie Willits 2 (13, 2nd base off Trachsel/Hernandez, 2nd base off Williamson/Hernandez), Gary Matthews Jr. (9, 2nd base off Williamson/Hernandez), Mike Napoli (4, 3rd base off Williamson/Hernandez), Chone Figgins (6, 2nd base off Williamson/Hernandez)
CS - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, 2nd base by Trachsel/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Cabrera-Aybar-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (W,3-0) 6422300 2.22
Dustin Moseley 2000010 1.45
Hector Carrasco 1222001 6.28
HBP - Mora (by Joe Saunders)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 99-56, Dustin Moseley 27-15, Hector Carrasco 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 10-7, Dustin Moseley 3-2
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 25, Dustin Moseley 6, Hector Carrasco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42190
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins