In front of the smallest crowd in Camden Yards history (10,505), the Orioles scored four runs in the eighth inning to earn their first win of the season. Just f1or conversation sake, the record before that was on April 6, 2006, when 13,194 fans watched the Orioles play the Devil Rays. The smallest Orioles crowd ever was when 655 fans attended an afternoon game on August 17,1972, against the White Sox.
Much of the Orioles offense came from the bat of Aubrey Huff who went 2-4 with 4 rbi’s for the Orioles tonight, including what he called “the sweetest homerun of his career”. Aubrey had heard boo’s for the first two games of the season, but silenced some of the crowd with his 2 run HR in the 6th inning. Huff would put the Orioles ahead for good in the bottom of the 8th with a 2 run double and later score that same inning. Brian Roberts,Melvin Mora, Nick Markakis, Ramon Hernadez, and Adam Jones all chipped in with rbi’s.
Daniel Cabrera had yet another shaky outing, as he was only able to go four innings partly due to his pitch count which was 94. The O’s bullpen has been solid so far and Randor Beird deserves a lot of credit for making his major league debut with the no outs and the bases loaded and getting out of it. Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker, George Sherill, kept the Rays bats silent leading to Walker getting the win and Sherill the save.
Although it has only been two games so far this season, the starting pitching has gone 9.1 innings ( Guthrie 5.1 Cabrera 4.0) while the bullpen has gone 8.2 innings while only allowing two hits and zero runs over the first two games of the season. The Orioles will need someone like Trachsel to go deep into a game to give the bullpen a night off, or else you might be looking at the bullpen getting burned out again. So far the good thing is that Walker, Bradford,and Sherill have only had to go one inning each.
Be sure to check out the Toyota liveweb audio vault for post game sound from Dave Trembley, Aubrey Huff, and Geroge Sherrill.