The Orioles' 3-3 record on their western road swing in San Diego and Arizona since Sam Perlozzo was fired was representative of what the team's state likely will be until a new permanent manager is hired. In other words, for the time being, the O's are just treading water.
They lost one, won three in a row -- either the "new manager" adrenaline rush or what they call in the stock market, a "dead cat bounce" --- and then dropped two. If it's even possible to continue to be frustrated by the Orioles any longer, it was frustrating to see what has been a bad-hitting team get 14 hits but score just three runs in the 8-3 loss to Arizona. The first five guys in the order were 11-for-22. But the starting pitching, easily the best part of the team so far this year, came a little unglued over the weekend with Steve Trachsel getting bounced around yesterday (five runs in four innings). On Saturday, Brian Burres didn't make it out of the fifth.
I'm interested to see what the fan support will be with the Yankees pulling into town tomorrow. The attendance usually gets a pop, sadly mainly from Yankee fans, but with the Yanks fading again and the Orioles in limbo until a permanent manager is announced, there's the potential for a pretty empty Camden Yards.
* I feel good for Edwin Jackson. The Tampa Bay pitcher not only got his first win of the season after losing eight in a row, but it was Jackson's first victory in TWO years. He has had an awful season -- a 7.39 ERA, and he has failed to make it past the sixth inning in any start, including yesterday when the Devil Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-4. So, if nothing else, you have to give Jackson points for perseverance.
* And the Mountain Dew Pro Action Sports Tour completed its Baltimore stop over the weekend. Attendance was good for the event, which began Thursday and ran through yesterday. Nearly 55,000 fans showed up, which tour organizers said was the second-best turnout of the tour's two-year history (Baltimore was the first stop this year). Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White, who is pursuing skateboarding as a second sport, won the skateboard vert. In the same event, hometown star Bucky Lasek, dealing with a bad left knee that's supposed to be operated on today, finished fourth. Lasek is from Dundalk and now lives in California. The tour features skateboarding, BMX and motorcycle competitions.