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Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2008-05-08

Baltimore Orioles Inside Pitch 2008-05-08
The Orioles have had seven consecutive games decided by one or two runs, and prior to Wednesday, they scored two or fewer runs in five of their previous seven games.

That's good reason for manager Dave Trembley to be concerned about his team's ability to score runs. That is certainly the truth, although he tried to temper his feelings when talking about the extended lack of offense.

"We've been competitive in just about every game, but I think that was because of our pitching," Trembley said. "The other parts of our game will come. I'm confident of that. It's just a matter of getting started."

There's little doubt that the "other parts" of the Orioles' game, their defense, baserunning and clutch hitting, needs to come around sooner rather than later. Trembley knows that.

The manager held a team meeting Tuesday to tell his players to relax and to try not to do too much, to play within themselves. He wanted to let them know that he still has confidence in the club.

The meeting didn't have an immediate impact on his players, who went out right afterward and scored two runs once again and dropped a 4-2 decision to the A's. On Wednesday, however, Trembley's words seemed to sink in. The Orioles didn't hit a great deal, but they scored three times in one inning with two clutch hits and twice more in the eighth inning with another bit of clutch hitting.

Still, the "other parts" of the Orioles' game left a lot to be desired. Misplays on defense; bad decisions on the basepaths. Those things proved fatal in a 6-5, 10-inning loss.

In the Orioles' 11 games prior to Wednesday, starting with the 3-3 suspended game in Chicago on April 28, the Orioles managed a grand total of 24 runs. Trembley can only be so patient as his team continues to get minimal production and lose a lot of close games.

A'S 6, ORIOLES 5 (10 innings): The Orioles rallied to get a lead in the eighth inning, only to let it get away and fall to their fifth consecutive loss as the A's completed a three-game sweep. The Orioles did come from behind with three runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth to get their only lead of the game on clutch hitting by Brian Roberts, Kevin Millar, Ramon Hernandez, Luke Scott and Melvin Mora, but their blunders in the ninth and 10th innings allowed the lead and the game to get away. Starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up the first four runs and left the game trailing 3-2, only to be saved from the loss with the later rally.

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Added: May 8, 2008

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