The Orioles and Mariners delivered a compelling example of what has been going on all over the major leagues during the first six weeks of the 2011 season. Neither team scored a run until the 12th inning and neither team had an extra-base hit in the game.
Fun Fact: The last time there was an extra-inning game in the majors with no extra-base hits was July 29, 2009 when the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the San Francisco Giants, 1-0, in 10 innings. Orioles third base coach John Russell was managing the Pirates at the time.
Fun Zach Fact: Prior to Zach Britton's nine shutout innings on Thursday night, the last Orioles starter to throw nine zeroes and come aweay without a decision was Mike Morgan, way back on April 16, 1988. That was during the Orioles' record-setting 21-game losing streak to start the worst season in franchise history. While we're on the subject, the last time the Orioles were involved in a game in which both pitchers worked nine innings was July 11, 2003, when Rodrigo Lopez and Oakland's Tim Hudson dueled for the duration and gave up a combined total of eight hits.
Same time last year: The Orioles didn't get their 17th victory of the season in 2010 until June 10th.
Hardy had himself a series: J.J. Hardy went 7 for 12 with two walks, a home run and three RBI, two of which won Thursday night's game. He also was a huge factor in Wednesday's victory with the glove.