It wasn't about rivalry or even revenge. For the home team, the first regular-season baseball game here between the Washington and Baltimore franchises since 1971 had nothing to do with the club in the visiting dugout.
It was all about the collective psyche of the Orioles, who were coming off a stunning loss Thursday when the bullpen couldn't hold a four-run, ninth-inning lead and Todd Williams couldn't throw a pitch wide enough for an intentional walk.
Nationals@O's Today, 4:35 p.m., Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Nationals' Mike O'Connor (3-4, 3.43) vs. Orioles' Adam Loewen (0-2, 7.82)
The Orioles have been given stellar starts by their pitchers the past three nights. A look:
Pitcher IP H ER BB SO
Bedard 8 2 0 0 12
Benson 8 6 1 2 0
Lopez 7 7 1 0 7
Total 23 15 2 2 19