The Orioles exploded for 12 runs on the night that Dave Trembley exploded at umpire Tom Hallion last night, but they have gone right back into their shell today in the afternoon finale of the series against the Seattle Mariners.
Jose Lopez banged an 0-2 fastball off the foul pole for a home run in the first inning and that was all the scoring during that part of the game that featured a pretty nice pitching duel between Jason Vargas and Orioles rookie David Hernandez.
Hernandez only threw one really damaging pitch, but it was a bad one. He was ahead on the count to Lopez and grooved a third straight fastball thigh-high that made it just too easy for the Mariners second baseman to leave the yard. Other than that, however, he pitched an outstanding ballgame, giving up just five hits and two walks over six innings of work.
Vargas beguiled the Orioles with his nasty changeup for five innings before running his pitch count too high and giving way to the bullpen, but that's not what will keep manager Dave Trembley awake on the coast-to-coast flight home. If the Orioles don't come back in the ninth, he'll be replaying the seventh inning, when the Orioles had the bases loaded and no one out and were shut down by former teammate Garrett Olson.
Olson came on to strike out Nick Markakis and coax Ty Wigginton to hit into an inning-ending double play.
In other words...Ouch!