The Angels have gotten two balls out of the infield in four innings and still don’t have a baserunner. Jake Arrieta has struck out three and fielded three tappers to the mound.
Arrieta needed only seven pitches to complete the fourth, raising his total to a whopping 45. He struck out Erick Aybar on a 93 mph fastball to start the inning.
Instant update: Arrieta retired the first two batters in the fifth inning on two pitches before Alberto Callaspo doubled to right. Nick Markakis made a diving attempt for the ball, which deflected off his glove. Impressive effort.
Angels starter Dan Haren - yes, I almost typed Rich Harden - retired seven in a row before Ty Wigginton led off the bottom of the fourth with a double.
Down on the farm, Double-A Bowie defeated Portland, 4-3, as Ryan Adams doubled twice to tie Rick Short (2000) and Oscar Salazar (2007) for the team record with 39.
Brandon Waring went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Joel Guzman was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Pedro Beato earned his 13th save.
Brad Bergesen (3-9, 6.63 ERA) opposes Chicago’s John Danks (11-8, 3.40 ERA) tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Kevin Millwood (2-11, 6.05 ERA) opposes Gavin Floyd (7-8, 3.54 ERA) on Saturday, Jeremy Guthrie (5-11, 4.21 ERA) opposes Mark Buehrle (10-8, 4.05 ERA) on Sunday, and Brian Matusz (4-11, 5.26 ERA) opposes Edwin Jackson (7-10, 4.97 ERA) on Monday.
Don’t forget about the Orioles’ Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday. Former pitching coach and manager Ray Miller, former catcher and manager Johnny Oates, and longtime minor league staffer Len Johnston will be inducted.