Orioles: Rare display
While Adam Jones and Nick Markakis were jogging back to the infield after the game tonight, Adam asked Nick when was the last time he played in a 1-0 game.
"He said he couldn't remember,'' Jones said on the MASN postgame show.
I don't either, but I do remember the last time an Orioles pitcher threw as well as Rich Hill. That would be on Sunday, when Jason Berken threw a similarly impressive seven innings. When was the last time two Orioles starters combined to pitch 14 innings in two games and give up just one run?
Funny thing is, it didn't look to me like Hill really had great command. He struggled with his location early in the game and was effectively wild at times, but he sure did settle in, retiring the final 14 batters he faced. Tack on the two perfect innings by the bullpen and the Orioles staff closed out the game with 20 straight outs. Wow.
Hate to throw a negative thought into this, but can you imagine what people would have been saying about Dave Trembley if Jim Johnson or George Sherrill had given this one up? Hill threw 106 pitches and came out of the game on a roll. When the camera found him in the dugout in the eighth, he was having a fairly animated conversation with trainer Richie Bancells, but I don't know if there was any physical reason for his departure. Seemed like a pretty standard Dave decision at that point.