Interleague play has done nothing to stop the losses from piling
up for the Baltimore Orioles, a trend the San Francisco Giants hope
continues for at least three more days.
The Giants look to hand the woeful Orioles their ninth
consecutive road defeat as the teams meet Monday night for the
first time in six years.
The Orioles (17-46) have cemented their status as the worst team
in the majors by losing 15 of 17 overall, including an 0-6
performance against Toronto and the Yankees during their last road
They totaled 25 runs and two home runs on their recent 2-7
homestand, which concluded with three straight losses to the New
York Mets. The Orioles are 1-5 against NL foes after going 11-7 in
interleague play each of the last two years.
“I’m trying to stay as positive as I can for these guys,”
interim manager Juan Samuel said. “My job is to keep these guys
going, keep them focused, continue to improve in some areas that we
Samuel may wish his struggling lineup still had Aubrey Huff, who
played for Baltimore from 2007-09 and will be facing the Orioles
for the first time since they traded him to Detroit for a minor
league pitcher Aug. 17.
Huff signed with the Giants in the offseason. Following a slow
start, the veteran has hit .400 with six homers and 13 RBIs in his
last 16 games. He had two homers and four RBIs in Sunday’s 6-2 win
over Oakland to help complete San Francisco’s three-game sweep.
“The first month of the season I really tried to beat it and got
in a lot of bad habits,” Huff said. “I just got to a point where I
stopped caring and just started seeing the ball and hitting it. If
it goes, it goes. If it doesn’t you take your doubles and
The Giants (35-27) have won 12 of 17 overall, including eight of
10 at home, thanks in part of a resurgent offense that has scored
six or more runs eight times in 15 games.
Starting pitching remains San Francisco’s biggest strength, and
the 3.19 ERA posted by Giants starters leads the majors.
Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 2.82 ERA) takes his turn, looking to
improve on an inefficient outing at Cincinnati on Wednesday. The
left-hander needed 93 pitches to get through five innings, allowing
three runs in a 6-3 defeat.
Miguel Tejada, one of the few Orioles hitters who has faced
Sanchez, is 0 for 7 against the southpaw.
Chris Tillman (0-2, 5.54) is slated to pitch for Baltimore, and
he’s coming off a promising outing Wednesday against the Yankees.
The 22-year-old fell to 2-7 in his career after a 4-2 defeat, but
he held New York to three runs in six innings.
“It might have been the best I’ve felt but I had the worst stuff
today,” the right-hander said. “I got that curveball going and
that’s the only thing that saved me. Fastball command was pretty
In their only previous visit to San Francisco, the Orioles won
two of three from June 21-23, 2002. Baltimore dropped two of three
at home during the 2004 season.