- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2002

SEATTLE Travis Driskill's name may never again appear in the "probable pitchers" listings. He may never again be handed the ball by a major league manager to start a game. And he may become just another one-game wonder in the lengthy annals of baseball history.
But for one glorious night against one of the best teams in baseball, this otherwise anonymous 30-year-old rookie was on top of the world.
Given an opportunity Saturday to make an emergency start for the Baltimore Orioles, Driskill shut down the Seattle Mariners' vaunted lineup for six innings and then watched as his bullpen with some help from right fielder Jay Gibbons closed the door on a 3-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 45,854 at Safeco Field.
The unlikely hero snapped the Orioles' 14-game losing streak at Safeco.
Casual Orioles fans, or even rabid ones for that matter, may know nothing about Driskill. Just know this: He waited a long time to get here, and when the opportunity finally came, he made the most of it.
A veteran of 10 minor league seasons without ever once getting the call to the big leagues, Driskill has spent the last month mopping up lopsided wins or losses out of the Baltimore bullpen. But when No.5 starter Sean Douglass was needed to make a long relief appearance earlier this week in Oakland, manager Mike Hargrove decided to give the ball to Driskill against the Mariners for what likely would be his only start.
Driskill understood this, saying Friday that if this turned out to be the only start of his career, he'd still be proud of himself.
After watching him hold the Mariners to one run and four hits in six-plus innings, the Orioles had reason to be proud, too.
Aside from a couple of opposite-field slap singles by Mariners leadoff hitter supreme Ichiro Suzuki, Driskill allowed just one other hit in his first six innings: a single by Carlos Guillen in the fifth.


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