Chicago (16-10) at Baltimore (13-11)

Light Rain Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 46° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 5, 2004
Preview | Box Score | Recap

Sidney Ponson struggled through one of his worst outings in a long time his last time out.

He’ll look to rebound as the Orioles face Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox in the finale of their three-game series at Camden Yards.

Ponson allowed seven runs and nine hits over just 3 2-3 innings in an 11-2 loss to Cleveland on Friday—his shortest outing since April 5, 2003.

The Aruban right-hander, who is usually open with the media, refused to talk with reporters after the start.

“I’m not taking to you guys tonight,” he said.

Ponson won 17 games last season, but has struggled so far this year. He has allowed at least seven runs in three of his six starts, and has given up a total of 16 runs—13 earned—over nine innings in his last two outings, both losses.

“Every pitch he was throwing, he was throwing over the plate,” manager Lee Mazzilli said. “He got the ball up. He just couldn’t get the ball down.

“But I don’t know what kind of concern I would have. He’s still my No. 1 pitcher.”

Ponson has shown flashes of brilliance, allowing just one earned run in each of his two wins. He hurled a four-hitter in a 9-1 win over Tampa Bay on April 20.

“My location is no good. I’m throwing the ball right down the middle and got hit hard,” Ponson said Tuesday. “I’ll work on it, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll do it.

“I know I’m going to have more bad games, and I’m going to have good games. It’s one of those things you have to deal with.”

Buehrle has also struggled a bit this season, but allowed just two earned runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings in the White Sox’s 4-3 win over Toronto on Saturday. He did not get a decision.

The right-hander, who is starting on just three days’ rest, had given up 13 earned runs and 19 hits in just 9 2-3 innings in his previous two starts.

“We’re going to be watching him real carefully. We’ll watch his pitch count,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.

The Orioles beat the White Sox 10-3 on Tuesday, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Brian Roberts had three hits and scored a career-high four runs, while also matching a franchise record with four stolen bases.

“Anytime you’re in the record book with Brady Anderson, it’s tremendous,” said Roberts, who extended his hitting streak to eight games. “But you focus more on the team than you do on individual accomplishments. Those records won’t last; somebody will break them later on, so you don’t even really worry about it.”

Magglio Ordonez and Joe Crede homered, giving the White Sox a homer in 15 straight games—two short of the franchise record.

Related Articles

Starting Pitchers

M. Buehrle Tor vs. S. Ponson KC
16-10 Record 11-15
3.89 ERA 5.30
165 K 115
51 BB 69
1.26 WHIP 1.55