Utilityman Oscar Salazar is making a name for himself around here, one pinch-hit at-bat at a time. His three-run homer in the seventh inning gave the first inkling that the Orioles might have a chance to come back and win last night's game.
Dave Trembley called it his favorite moment of the greatest comeback in Orioles history, and it wasn't the first time that Salazar has come through in a pinch. He is 4 for 9 as a pinch hitter at the major league level this year, with five RBI and a ton of new-found respect from his teammates. Overall as an Oriole, he's 9 for 20 (.450) as a pinch hitter.
His homer off reliever Justin Masterson was the first Orioles' pinch home run since July 40 of last year and his first homer since Sept. 14, 2008 against the Minnesota Twins.
Fellow bench guy Felix Pie was also a major contributor to the comeback, gunning down a run at the plate in the eighth inning that would turn out to be pretty important. He entered the game after Adam Jones got his bell rung crashing the fence to try and rob Kevin Youkilis of his first-inning home run.