Last night, they did by a score of 9-1.
Well, the unexpected savior of the pitching staff, Steve Trachsel pitched a five-hitter to win his third straight start and lead the Orioles to victory. Personally, I didn’t think he was going to be this good – just merely adequate and a good 5th starter.
It remains to be seen if he can keep up his remarkable run, but although he does not have remarkably good stuff, he gets the ball in play and fools hitters with his array of pitches.
Once again, the Oriole bats did the talking as they scored ten runs en route to victory.
The big boon for the team came in the fourth inning as Ramon Hernandez, who had been slumping, hit a grand slam homer off Scott Elarton.
Also driving in runs were Jay Payton who had two RBI, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar and Miguel Tejada had once each.
The Royals and Oriole face off again tonight.
Jeff Zrebeic has a recap of last night’s game in which the Orioles dominated.
Jay Gibbons is frustrated by having a terrible time of things at the plate, but this time he does not blame Sam Perlozzo for benching him.
The O, By the Way blog by Bill Ordine has his thoughts of last night’s game.
Washington Post writer Tom Boswell in an article titled “Orioles Have to Learn to Lay Off the Change-up”; he opines that the Orioles need to have an organizational change – starting with the players and front office taking accountability. He notes that it is not the fault of same Perlozzo, but rather a decade of losing, selfish players, and the front office.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post mentions that Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker will share the setup role, as well Jay Payton being hot as of late.
The orioles.com has an article up on their web site about the team’s running game – mainly, the stolen base.
The Baltimore Sun has a question with Brian Roberts, this time about what he takes on extended road trips…