Ornithology: Yanks-Orioles Gamer IV

From 1882 to 1899, the then-Baltimore Orioles were a highly successful team in the American Association, winning three straight pennants and featuring marquee names such as John McGraw, Willie Keeler and Hughie Jennings.  After losing much of their team to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1899, the franchise folded.  The team presently known as the New York Yankees finds its roots in
Baltimore, having held the name "Orioles" for its first two seasons in 1901
and 1902 before moving to New York and changing their name to the
Highlanders and eventually the Yankees; Baltimore would be without a major-league franchise for fifty-one years. In 1914, Baltimore native George Herman Ruth pitched a few months for the then-International League affiliate Baltimore Orioles before being sold to Boston July 9th 1914 along with Ernie Shore and Ben Egan.  Those "Baltimore Orioles" flew the coop to Richmond due to turtle-pressure from the Baltimore Terrapins, eventully migrating to Syracuse as the present-day Chiefs.  The current Baltimore Orioles trace their roots through the St. Louis Browns, having moved to Baltimore and providing the return of a "major-league" franchise in 1953; those "new O’s" displaced another resident Orioles team who once again headed to Richmond and eventually nested in Toledo as the Mud Hens.

From the late sixties through the early eighties the Orioles were a formidable franchise, with two divisional titles, three pennants and three World Series victories in seventeen seasons. The O’s won the 1983 series with Joe Altobelli at the helm and then took a twelve-year hiatus from the playoffs.  Davey Johnson managed the O’s to a wild-card in 1996, and in 1997, the O’s posted a 98-64 record anchored by staff ace Mike Mussina as Johnson managed the team to a divisional title over Seattle only to see his squad knocked out of the playoffs by Mike Hargrove and the over-achieving, 86-win Cleveland Indians, who also dispatched the 96-win Yankees on their way to defeat at the hands of the Florida Marlins in the World Series.  Since then, the O’s have never finished better than four games under 500.

At one point in April this season the Orioles were four games over .500 but ended the month 12-14.  They went 15-13 in May, battling back to an even record at the end of that month, but went into free-fall starting June 1st, losing 14 of 16 in the month as of last Monday, costing manager Sam Perlozzo his job.  Bullpen coach Dave Trembley has been given the reins in the interim while the O’s continue to look for their next skipper, having been rebuffed by Joe Giardi.  In their seven games since the switch, the O’s have gone 3-4.  The highlights of those three victories were a pair of 7-to-1 thumpings of the San Diego Padres, one of which was tossed by today’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie (4-1, 2.42).  The Yankees have seen Guthrie only one time in the regular season, when the right hander was a middle reliever for Cleveland and threw two innings in the historic, catastrophic, ridonculous 22-0 defeat of the Bombers on August 31st, 2004.

Andy Pettitte has started 15 games this season and has seen two relief appearances.  Out of those 15 starts, the Yankees are 7-8 with Pettitte carrying a record of 4-5 with a 3.28 ERA into tonight’s matchup.  Pettitte is coming off a thoroughly disappointing loss to Colorado where he allowed only two singles through five innings but then imploded, allowing six runs in the sixth and seventh, about which he said that he "gave up" on the team.  I think he’s allowed, considering how many times the bats have given up on him this season.  Pettitte has started 28 games in his career against the O’s with a truly remarkable 20-5 lifetime record (the highest career victory total he has against any team), including a 12-3 record (though with a 4.50 ERA) in 16 starts at Camden Yards.

Baltimore took two of three when they came to The Stadium in early April, their wins sandwiched around the Yankees victory provided by a heroic down by three one, two-out, walk-off grand slam by Alex Rodriguez off Chris Ray, with that dramatic dinger serving as the bright spot to distract from a dismal set of starting performances from Mussina, Igawa and Rasner.


New York Yankees
1 J. Damon, dh .251
2 D. Jeter, ss .342
3 H. Matsui, lf .283
4 A. Rodriguez, 3b .333
5 J. Posada, c .341
6 R. Cano, 2b .274
7 M. Cabrera, cf .254
8 B. Abreu, rf .257
9 M. Cairo, 1b .240
A. Pettitte, sp 4-5, 3.28
Baltimore Orioles
1 B. Roberts, 2b .324
2 C. Gomez, ss .288
3 N. Markakis, rf .278
4 R. Hernandez, c .242
5 A. Huff, dh .269
6 M. Mora, 3b .250
7 K. Millar, 1b .253
8 J. Payton, lf .282
9 C. Patterson, cf .213
J. Guthrie, sp 4-1, 2.42
35 comments… add one
  • That ARod grand slam was clearly the turning point of the season. Hmmm.

    Lar June 26, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • That one tied them for first place! Of course it was only the fourth game of the year.

    attackgerbil June 26, 2007, 6:51 pm
  • so far 3 up- 3 down for the Yanks.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 26, 2007, 7:13 pm
  • 3 up, 3 down again.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 26, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Not to take away from A-Rod’s Grand Slam, but they were only down by 1.

    Anonymous June 26, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Thanks for the catch… correction noted.

    attackgerbil June 26, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • I thought there was something in the post about scoring three in the eighth. I must have butchered it when writing and/or pasting it.

    attackgerbil June 26, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • What happens first tonight: my son, 2.7 years old and in a BED for the first time ever (!), gets up confused, disoriented, and crying OR the Yankees get a hit?

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Does it say the O’s edged the Mariners out for the division title?

    Paul SF June 26, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Abreu lines out. Kid still in bed.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Cairo gets the hit.

    NoSleepTilBrooklynSF June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Congrats on your new digs, Soxbaby Isaac!

    attackgerbil June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • And there it is: Miguel Cairo wins, with a two-out single to left. Kid still in bed.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • SF – there you go! Is the kid up yet?

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Ok, new challenge: Isaac gets out of bed vs. talk about Johnny Damon going to the DL.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Congrats on the big boy bed in any case!

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • SF – who are you listening to? The Baltimore radio guys are talking about how fast DAmon seems to be aging.

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • I am so sick of west coast Sox games. It seems like they’ve been out there for like a month, once you add in the short trip three weeks ago. Last night I pooped out with the Sox up 2-1 and the TV on, woke up all discombobulated to a 9-2 deficit.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Got the HD YES broadcast going, no sound on. Keeping it silent for a while longer in here..

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • is theo still an a-hole for not giving johnny d 4 years?

    sf rod June 26, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • The Damon-to-the-DL thing is like an every-other-line item in almost every Yankees story in the print media. Famously, JD has never been on the DL, and right now it seems like every story about the Yankees mentions their Hamletian consternation about whether or not he should head there now. It’s frankly kind of tiresome. There’s plenty of other stuff to write about.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I can’t believe I haven’t been to Camden Yards. HD really shows it off. Looks stellar.

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • SF – I’m ON the west coast and I don’t like Sox games out here. I’d rather listen at work that have to snap at he kids when things go awry.

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • posada now 13-69 throwing out base stealers this year.
    as a west coaster, i vote that sox play all their games out here….no rainouts and bleacher candy.

    sf rod June 26, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Baltimore playing superconservative baseball, as if a run or two is going to beat the Yankees. Right. Bunting guys over in the third inning? Come on…

    SF June 26, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • SF: They opened Frontier Field in Rochester the year I left New York; I wish Kodak would have won the naming rights, Kodak Park would have been the perfect name. Anyway, the designers took many cues from Camden when they constructed it, including the seating (and seats themselves), concourse design, and concessions model. Unfortunately for me, they opened it half-way through the baseball season of my last summer there; the Red Wings played out their season at the now-defunct Silver Stadium, whereas the USL Raging Rhinos debuted the field. I went to several matches; it was a great place for soccer (which to that point I didn’t even like), and made me regret leaving before baseball was played there along with wishing to go to Camden to see the inspiration.

    attackgerbil June 26, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • nice homerun call by mr. “doug’s a liar”. masn is rough on the ears.

    sf rod June 26, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Aw, poor Andy Pettitte having a tantwum in the dugout…

    SF June 26, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • i was just gonna say…..pettitte might blow a fuse tonite. not a hard hit ball yet and the o’s manage two. poor defense and missed strike three call has him boiling.
    masn didn’t show the blow out.

    sf rod June 26, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Millar comes up with the bases plugged after Pettitte walks two guys in a row, struggling badly, and pops up the first pitch. Dolt.

    SF June 26, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • SF – your son still in bed??

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Yep. So far, so good. I have no idea what’s going to happen in the middle of the night.

    SF June 26, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Both my sons made the transition with no problem — until a week later when they figured out you could actually get OUT of bed and go see Mom and Dad….

    rootbeerfloat June 26, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • I’m not sure why Joe went to Proctor. This is a nightmare…Proctor walks in the winning run. Well played Joe, well played.

    walein June 26, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Got home just to see Proctor sucked. Nice.

    Lar June 26, 2007, 10:23 pm

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