Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification.
Left-hander Troy Patton, the Orioles' fifth reliever, gave up two runs and three hits in the 13th, sending the club to its first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 loss to the Indians.
And when Indians ace Justin Masterson was forced from Monday¿s series opener in the second inning with soreness on the left side of his rib cage, the door of opportunity swung wide open as the Orioles stormed through with a 7-2 win in front of an announced 15,020 at Progressive Field
Making just his fourth start this month, Casilla hit his first homer of the season ¿ and his first since last August ¿ a three-run shot off Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-3 win over the Indians.
It quickly became the talk of the clubhouse when Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla delayed his postgame media session until the club could get coach Einar Diaz to act as interpreter to help translate Casilla's thoughts about his game-winning three-run home run
Or is it an injured and undermanned upstart that simply hit its peak and now is beginning to slide back to reality after a disappointing homestand that culminated with a 6-2 loss to the previously scuffling Cleveland Indians?
It has been a busy weekend already, but the Orioles made a couple more roster moves on Sunday morning, optioning outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk to finish making room for the arrival of newly acquired DH Jim Thome and the recall of reliever Miguel Gonzalez. The O's already had optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter to Norfolk on Saturday night.