Tonight’s attendance: 20,536. The total for seven home dates is 146,182.
Kevin Millwood didn’t make it through six innings tonight, leaving the game with one out in the sixth and a runner on first base. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked three and struck out four, and left with his pitch count at 112 (69 strikes).
That’s not the profile of an innings eater, but he holds down opponents and gives the Orioles a chance to win. The bats just aren’t cooperating again tonight.
So much for that two-game surge in Boston.
Alberto Castillo got the last two outs in the sixth, though he allowed an infield hit and escaped when Jorge Posada overran second base, and he continues to impress. Manager Dave Trembley hated to cut him in spring training. You wonder if Castillo will stick around for a while instead of going back down to Triple-A Norfolk when a starter is added Saturday or Koji Uehara is activated.
Rhyne Hughes is 0-for-2 in his Camden Yards debut. He’s flied out with two on and none out, and struck out with one on and one out.
Instant update: Hughes just tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. That’s five hits and three RBIs in three games.
Update II: Nolan Reimold followed with a run-scoring single. Orioles 3, Yankees 2.
Update III: Cesar Izturis followed with a run-scoring single. Orioles 4, Yankees 2.
Down on the farm, Brandon Erbe was charged with four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings, with five walks and one strikeout.
Single-A Frederick’s Nathan Nery has allowed six runs (five earned) and 14 hits in seven innings. He’s walked three and struck out five.