Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Trembley Hopes Big Win Galvanizes O's

BALTIMORE -- The game is over, but the adrenaline remains. The Orioles played one of their most stirring games of the season on Tuesday night, a comeback victory that inspired hyperbole from mild-mannered manager Dave Trembley. Moments after his team overcame an 11th-inning deficit to earn a victory, Trembley met the media and admitted that he was a little overcome.

"This is the best game I've ever been a part of to win," Trembley. "I've never seen anything like that. That's a real credit to our team. That's probably the biggest understatement I can say. That's just incredible."

Trembley will need to see more of the same in Wednesday's series finale, but he'll have his staff ace on the hill. Baltimore will send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound on Wednesday, and he'll be matched up against New York's Andy Pettitte. The Orioles haven't won a season series against New York since 1997, but they currently hold a 5-3 edge.

Baltimore has been quite a different team at home, notching a 16-7 record at Camden Yards and a 10-18 record on the road. They'll have five more games -- all against division rivals -- before they wrap up their current homestand. The Orioles have won two straight games, a modest streak that comes hot on the heels of a five-game losing skid.

The Orioles are 23-7 when they score four runs or more and just 3-18 when they score three or less. Baltimore's offense has shown signs of stirring lately, but the O's have scored two runs or less in four of their last six defeats.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-5, 3.62 ERA)
Guthrie is 1-2 with a 3.73 ERA in home games and 1-3 with a 3.52 mark on the road.

NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-5, 4.27 ERA)
Pettitte is 23-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 35 career appearances against the Orioles.

Bird bites
The Orioles hit back-to-back home runs for the first time all season on Tuesday night, and they repeated the feat later in the game. ... Kevin Millar had Baltimore's first multi-homer game of the season on Tuesday. ... The Orioles overcame a pair of four-run deficits on Tuesday and earned an 11th-inning victory to pull even at 2-2 in extra-inning games.


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