Last night, the O's defeated the Yankees 4-0, thanks to a masterful performance by Erik Bedard and the power of Aubrey Huff. On an ungodly humid night where the vast majority of fans rooted for the Yankees, O's fans are delighted to have beaten the Bronx Bombers for the 4th time in five opportunities this season.
The O's scored in the sixth inning as they teed off of Roger Clemens. Ramon Hernandez drove in a run to start the fun, and then Aubrey Huff (finally!) hit a three run homerun for the exclamation point on Wednesday night.
Roger got denied his 350th win, and while he got by on location, grit and determination for the first five innings, he looked like a middle-aged man when it came to the sixth inning.
Yet again, Roger was denied win number 350...
Erik Bedard looked great at his struck out and had a two hitter going into the eighth inning until he was yanked.
Tonight, it is Chien-Ming Wang versus Daniel Cabrera.
Seeing games in Yankee Stadium since the mid-1990's (I spent a lot of time in NYC), it is almost surreal to see the team struggling for the first time in a decade. I spoke a little to John Sterling when the game let out, and he like many Yankess fans believe that a wild card chase is possible if the offense and bullpen get into sync again.
Personally, I don't know if they can come back, although they have a roster built for prolonged win streaks, so we shall see...
Baltimore Sun writer Roch Kutabko on his blog has more thoughts from last night.
David Steele has his thoughts from last night's pitching duel between Roger Clemens and Erik Bedard.
In light of the win, it looks like Dave Trembley may be the manager of the Orioles for a while (at least until the July 31st trade deadline) to show he belongs. MacPhail is taking a wait and see approach which is a good thing and Trembley deserves a shot to see what he can do, and so far the Orioles look like they are responding.
More from the Baltimore Examiner on this topic, as well as the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun.
It looks like the Orioles are fielding practice a lot earlier these days --- good.
Matt Palmer feels that the fans should have treated Miguel Tejada a lot better when he was acknowledged by the Orioles during a break in between innings for having the 5th longest consecutive game streak in history.