Baltimore’s Sidney Ponson has been giving up earned runs at an alarming rate.
Ponson attempts to break out of his early season slump and curb Detroit’s torrid hitting as the Orioles continue their three-game series against the Tigers at Camden Yards.
Ponson, who is 1-1 with a 13.50 ERA, has allowed 13 earned runs and 16 hits — two of them homers—in 8 2-3 innings over his first two starts. The hard throwing right-hander was hoping to get off to a good start after struggling to an 11-15 record and career-high 5.30 ERA in 33 starts for Baltimore last season.
“I’m not going to make any excuses,” Ponson said after allowing nine runs in a loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. “I couldn’t throw strikes. … That’s a formula for disaster.”
Ponson will try to keep the ball in the park against the hot-hitting Tigers.
Detroit has scored 26 runs to propel the Tigers to a three-game winning streak.
Dmitri Young went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, leading a 16-hit attack that carried the Tigers past the Orioles 13-3 Monday.
Omar Infante also homered for the Tigers, who cruised to their first win against Baltimore since May 7, 2003. Detroit went 0-6 against the Orioles last season, scoring a total of 17 runs.