It was an uplifting win for the Orioles who were in danger of seeing a four-homer night, including three straight homers in one inning for the first time since 1995, go to waste. It didn't because of Miguel Tejada's game-tying double off All-Star closer Rafael Soriano in the ninth, Scott Moore's game-tying sacrifice fly in the 12th and Julio Lugo's game-winning single in the 12th.
It came at quite a cost as the Orioles were forced to use every one of their available relievers - Mark Hendrickson and Matt Albers were not available because they had pitched and 4 1/3 innings and 3 1/3 innings on Sunday and Monday respectively - and several were pushed further than normal.
Koji Uehara, who hasn't been throwing back-to-back days or multiple innings, was forced to do both and he was rewarded for his 1 1/3 inning outing with his first victory this season. Closer Alfredo Simon was used for a season-high 2 2/3 innings. Will Ohman only was in for 2/3 of an inning but he threw 18 pitches, David Hernandez pitched two innings after tossing one on Monday. Jason Berken also threw 25 pitches spanning an inning plus.
The Orioles were so stretched that Jeremy Guthrie went out to the bullpen and started throwing during the bottom of the 13th inning. The Orioles have an open 25-man spot after optioning Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day. Michael Gonzalez could be activated to take that spot and be ready to pitch in tomorrow's game. But even with him, they're still going to be pretty short for the 12:35 start.
Anyway, no quotes got into my newspaper game story because it lasted four hours and 38 minutes. But here's some postgame reaction from the Orioles:
Julio Lugo on his game-winning hit off former Oriole Lance Cormier: "I can't remember if I've faced him. I just wanted to go up there and hack at a pitch that I liked and hit it somewhere. It felt great. It felt great to get a win."
Juan Samuel on victory: "It tells me that these guys are resilient, they don't give up. We've won so many games here of late coming back. Guys are not quitting. We're getting good pitching when we're giving up the lead to keep us in the game and give us a chance to score a run here and there, and it was an example of that tonight. These guys continue to fight. We'd like to see this on a more consistent basis but there's talent in that room. We've just got to play at a higher level every night."
Luke Scott, who hit two homers and drove in another run with a single, on the big offensive night: "Anything positive is going to be a confidence builder. The way things have gone with the adversity that we faced, it's refreshing to have days like this."
Jake Arrieta on his outing: "I was pretty erratic tonight. I felt a little too strong, but I did my best to make quality pitches. At times I did, at times I wasn't able to. But I expected to feel like that tonight. I just had to harness it as best I could. Moving forward, I'll be more under control and better prepared for the next one."
Ty Wigginton on the victory: "I think that's kind of what this team has been about here lately. I think a lot of the credit has to go to Juan Samuel and the way he's handled all of us and the way he goes about his business. I think everybody was excited. When your team battles back and you come from behind, you're excited because you found a way to get a W against a very, very good team."
Wigginton on Carl Crawford getting nailed in the groin by Arrieta's pickoff attempt in the first inning: "When he was throwing over, I just reached for the ball and I wasn't sure what it hit. But I had a pretty good idea when he didn't move because I know one thing, Carl Crawford is one of the toughest guys I've ever played with. He's a true gamer and if that guy don't bounce up, it's not good.'"