- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2001


BALTIMORE Who was that team in the black and orange uniforms last night, and what did they do with the real Baltimore Orioles?
The Orioles squad that defeated the almighty Seattle Mariners 3-0 at Camden Yards (in an abbreviated 8-1/3-inning game) certainly didn't look anything like the one that had lost its last six games by a combined score of 44-4 while showing all the energy of a three-toed sloth.
Last night's bunch couldn't stop hustling, scrapping and taking the extra base whenever the slightest opening existed. Rather than let the team with the best record in baseball march in and take control the way the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics had done, these Orioles set the tone of this game and never let up.
"We swung the bats well, we ran the bases well, we pitched well and played good defense," said manager Mike Hargrove.
One out away from a complete, nine-inning game, a torrential downpour hit Camden Yards and forced the teams off the field. After a 45-minute wait, officials deemed the game complete.
Right-hander Calvin Maduro (3-4) shook off the effects of two straight rough outings and pitched a five-hitter against a Mariners team that included AL Rookie of the Year favorite Ichiro Suzuki, potential Hall-of-Fame DH Edgar Martinez and MVP candidate Bret Boone. Maduro retired 12 batters in a row in between the third and seventh innings.
"The way we've been playing the last six days, I knew I had to come in and throw a really good game, at least a shutout like I did," Maduro said. "I'm really happy with that."
Buddy Groom came on for Maduro and pitched 1!= innings of relief. Willis Roberts had come in and recorded the second out in the ninth before the rains came.
Seattle starter Aaron Sele (whom the Orioles wouldn't sign as a free agent two years ago, citing arm injury concerns) matched Maduro pitch-for-pitch through four innings then got into trouble in the fifth when Melvin Mora doubled down the left-field line.
After Larry Bigbie struck out, Chris Richard rapped a hard grounder to first and narrowly beat John Olerud's throw to Sele (13-5). Meanwhile, Mora, who batted leadoff in place of Brady Anderson (who dropped down in the order for the first time since April 21, 1999) rounded third and came all the way around to score without drawing a throw.
"Me and [Sele] hit each other, and he kind of slid," Richard said. "Melvin's a heads-up baserunner. When I looked back and saw him, he was already halfway home."
Jeff Conine followed with a single up the middle that was bobbled by center fielder Mike Cameron, allowing Richard to take third. Hargrove then put the double steal on, with Conine drawing a throw to second to allow Richard to race home with the second run of the inning. It marked the first time the Orioles have stolen home this season.
"We work on that in spring training, but we haven't done it too much this season," Richard said. "But when the opportunity's there, you run it. And that was a good opportunity."
And they weren't done playing aggressive ball. Tony Batista led off the sixth with a drive off the right field wall that turned into Batista's fourth triple of the year. Two batters later, light-hitting catcher Brook Fordyce drove in Batista with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Notes The Orioles will add three pitchers from Class AAA Rochester today, the first day major leagues rosters can be expanded to 40. Right-hander Ryan Kohlmeier and left-hander John Parrish, both of whom have had previous stints in Baltimore, were recalled, while right-hander Rick Bauer's contract was purchased.
A fifth-round draft pick in 1997, Bauer will make his major-league debut tomorrow, starting in place of the injured Sidney Ponson against the Mariners. Bauer began the season at Class AA but was promoted to Rochester on May 26 and has gone 10-4 with a 3.89 ERA since.
Pat Hentgen, who underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery on August 9, will be moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Bauer on the 40-man roster… . The Orioles traded perennial prospect Calvin Pickering on Thursday to the Cincinnati Reds for future considerations. Pickering, who made two brief appearances in Baltimore in 1998 and 1999, was leading the International League this season with 98 RBI at Rochester.

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