Steve Trachsel

A crowd of 27,285 rose in unison - well, most of the fans, anyway - and gave Steve Trachsel a rousing ovation as he left the mound for the last time.

He went 5 1/3 innings. He walked four batters and threw 112 pitches. But he allowed only one run, and the Orioles led, 7-1. And it's a warm, sunny day.


That's enough to put people in a good mood - the kind that makes you stand up and applaud a starting pitcher who went 5 1/3 innings.

Miguel Tejada has three hits. He was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position before the game, but he's delivered twice in those situations today.


Nick Markakis has a two-run triple and RBI double, and he almost cleared center fielder Vernon Wells' head in the sixth.

Wells, by the way, continues to play a mean center field. The guy is amazing.

More kudos for Chad Bradford, who got a double-play ball to end the sixth after he replaced Trachsel.

Just another quality effort by an Orioles' reliever.

Scott Williamson wasn't available last night because of the same illness that's hit Brian Roberts, but he replaced Trachsel in the seventh.

I almost forgot the guy was on the team. This is only his fifth appearance.