Another off-day brings another 24 hours on the Dave Trembley Watch.
I'll say this much: If the Orioles were ready to make a change, yesterday's game didn't influence the decision. Andy MacPhail doesn't wake up Sunday morning and think, "OK, one more loss today and he's gone." A series finale in Boston doesn't hold that much significance. I've seen managers and coaches fired during small winning streaks.
Cla Meredith didn't save Trembley's job by getting the last two outs. If Trembley's still in the dugout tomorrow night, he would have been there regardless of what happened in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Orioles are 3-16 instead of 2-17. What's the difference, besides one win?
I was told during the last off-day that nothing would happen "short-term," which is open to interpretation. Is "short-term" restricted to three games in Boston? Does it extend through the next homestand? The next month?
Let me know if you find out. And then we can do state capitals.
Did anyone catch last night's replay of Game 4 of the 1997 Division Series on MASN?
Mike Mussina vs. Randy Johnson at sold-out Camden Yards. Good times.
I texted former catcher Chris Hoiles last night to let him know that MASN was airing the game, and I promised not to ruin the ending for him.
Johnson was irritated by plate umpire Dale Scott's strike zone, especially after getting squeezed on a 2-2 pitch in the first inning and serving up a home run to Jeff Reboulet on his next offering. Johnson struck out the side, but he also gave up two runs and threw 35 pitches.
At least he still had his good looks.
Geronimo Berroa also homered in that game, Randy Myers got the last three outs and the Orioles held on for a 3-1 victory.
Here's the boxscore from that game.
One fan held up a sign that read, "Bring on the Yankees." The Orioles got the Indians instead, and we know what happened.
For once, I would have preferred the Yankees.
As Armando Benitez warmed up in the eighth, Jon Miller said, "The Orioles have the bullpen as an asset." He obviously didn't know what was coming in the Indians series.
It was fun to watch the Orioles celebrate on the field and inside their clubhouse, where the lockers were covered in plastic while players sprayed champagne. It got so crazy, B.J. Surhoff almost smiled.
We had an Aaron Ledesma sighting. And Melvin Rosario.
Bonus points if you remembered the name of the Mariners pitching coach.
That would be Nardi Contreras, who currently serves as the Yankees' minor league pitching coordinator.
I mentioned yesterday that Pasadena native Chorye Spoone labored again in his third start for Double-A Bowie, giving up seven runs and 10 hits, and walking six, in 4 1/3 innings.
"He really struggled with any sort of command," said pitching Coach Kennie Steenstra. "Six walks, that's not the way he needs to be. Really, he had a lot of trouble repeating anything. It looked like he couldn't throw the same pitch twice in a row and really struggled finding that release point the whole time out there."
Steenstra reminds us that Spoone has been recovering from shoulder surgery and still working himself back to prospect form.
"The big thing with Chorye right now is just getting him out there every five days and getting the arm strength back and see where we're at about halfway through the season," he said. "The velocity has been pretty good and he's starting to get better action on his pitches, it's just a matter of finding that consistency with his location and being able to repeat things, which he's really struggling with right now."