Orioles honor fans with historic double-header!
The Baltimore Orioles, who have tested the devotion of their fiercely loyal hometown fans by failing to achieve a winning record for the past ten years, rewarded those long-suffering fans yesterday by giving them the rare opportunity to witness baseball history.
The Orioles, led by starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera, allowed the visiting Texas Rangers to score 30 runs in the opening game of a double-header, an American League record and the most runs allowed in any Major League game in 110 years. Adding to the game’s historical significance is the fact that all runs were scored as earned runs, meaning, amazingly, that not a single run of the 30 the Rangers scored was the result of a defensive error.
Baltimore also generously provided several players on the struggling Rangers (56-70, 18 games back from the lead in their division — an even worse record than the Orioles) with much needed ego boosts. Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and third baseman Ramon Vazquez each hit two home runs, drove in 7, and scored 5 and 4 times, respectively. Left fielder David Murphy also scored five times, and center fielder Marlon Byrd scored 4 times and drove in 4 runs.
Perhaps to accentuate the magnitude of the 30 runs they allowed, the Orioles scored only 3 of their own against the last-place Rangers, a team with the worst road record in the American League.
O’s starter Cabrera gave up 6 runs before leaving in the sixth inning. Relief pitchers Brian Burres, Rob Bell and Paul Shuey picked up where Cabrera left off, allowing an additional 24 runs between them in the next four innings.
The historic 30-3 loss was the Orioles’ gift not just to their inexplicably faithful supporters in the stands at Camden Yards yesterday, but also to manager Dave Trembley, whose hard work since taking over the position following the firing of former skipper Sam Perlozzo in June was rewarded earlier in the day with the news that his contract had been extended through the remainder o the season and into 2008. Trembley, who previously held the position of bullpen coach, was modest following the game, one of the most one-sided contests in baseball history. “You have to have a real short memory and you let it go,” he told reporters.
The Orioles also lost the second game of the double-header to Texas, with a less-than-historic final score of 9-7.