Jeremy Guthrie gave up another run in the sixth inning, but you have to wonder if it matters anymore. He’d have to throw a shutout just to break even.
The Orioles have put approximately 500 runners on base in six innings against Mark Buehrle, but the Chicago left-hander is shutting them out. They’re 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and have stranded nine.
In Guthrie’s 17 losses since the start of 2010, the Orioles have scored 24 runs while he was in the game (1.41 runs per game), and scored just 39 runs total in those 17 games (2.29 runs per game). Before tonight, they scored three runs or fewer in 21 of his 37 starts since 2010.
The Orioles scored 13 runs in his first five starts this season, and they scored six runs in his last four outings while he was in the game.
It hasn’t gotten any better tonight.
Guthrie has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his six starts. He’s gone at least six innings in five of six.
Luke Scott made a sliding catch to rob Paul Konerko with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. A run scored, but it could have been much worse.
Again, you have to wonder if it mattered.
Buehrle is leaving the game with Derrek Lee on first base and two outs in the seventh. He allowed eight hits and walked four, and the Orioles worked him for 107 pitches.
The only thing they didn’t do was score.
Update: Alex Rios homered off Guthrie in the seventh to increase Chicago’s lead to 4-0. Wieters threw out his second runner trying to steal.
Update II: Derrek Lee hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale with two outs in the top of the ninth, allowing the Orioles to avoid the shutout. More important, a 94 mph fastball from Sale nailed Nick Markakis on the right hand or wrist. He was in visible pain and left the game.
Update III: Markakis returned to the bench with two outs, so he must not be seriously hurt - unless he set a record for quickest X-rays.