New Faces, New Result for O's
But left-hander Erik Bedard (2-2), a red-cheeked rookie from Canada, limited the Yankees to two runs (one earned) over five innings, earning the first win by an Orioles' starter since June 6.
However, after a pair of walks and a single to open the sixth, Bedard handed over a bases-loaded, no-out jam to Grimsley -- for whom the Orioles gave up highly regarded pitching prospect Denny Bautista, specifically for moments like this.
As he prepared to hand the ball over, Mazzilli told Grimsley: "We need outs. That's all we need. Let's get out of here with one run [allowed]."
Grimsley replied, "Give me the ball."
Grimsley promptly struck out Ruben Sierra and Tony Clark, then got Miguel Cairo to ground out meekly to second to end the inning. Grimsley strode confidently to the Orioles' dugout, with the crowd on its feet and his teammates lined up to thank him. An inning later, he retired the Yankees' side on three grounders.
"I was just trying to let the ball sink," said Grimsley, who relies almost exclusively on a heavy sinker, "and get the ball on the ground."
Orioles Notes: Pitching prospect Luis Ramirez, a right-hander for short-season Class A Aberdeen, struck out 15 batters in five innings Wednesday night against Jamestown. Ramirez, a 22-year-old from Curacao, struck out 12 straight batters at one point and allowed only one hit, a leadoff double in the fifth. In the second inning, he struck out four batters -- including one that reached on a third-strike wild pitch. He threw 76 pitches, 58 of which were strikes. . . .
Head trainer Richie Bancells was one of two trainers named to the American League all-star team this year. It is the second such honor for Bancells, who also served as a trainer for the 1993 AL team. The All-Star Game is July 13 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
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