Jim Palmer recalled the many times he could have used just one of those 11 runs the Baltimore Orioles scored for him Wednesday night.
"Unfortunately, you can't take runs from one game and use them in another. That's baseball," said the righthander who pitched a three-hitter in breezing to an 11-0 victory over the Oakland A's.
"I can remember times I've had to take him out in the 11th inning of 1-1 games," said Manager Earl Weaver, picking up the same theme. "So we go out and score 11 runs for him and he pitches a shutout. That's the way it goes."
Shortstop Kiko Garcia called it, "The first laugher we've had all year."
It reached that stage quickly, with the Orioles jumping on A's starter Steve Renko for eight early runs, including four in the first inning when Doug DiCinces had a two-run double.
"We're not the kind of team that's going to come back very often from four or five runs down," noted A's Manager Jack McKeon, whose weak-hitting club has lost 11 of its last 12 games. "And this time we were facing a guy who's pitched 50 shutout No.51.
"This is the best pitcher's park in the American League, as far as I'm concerned. The ball just doesn't go out of it very easily and I like the mound," said Palmer, who has two three-hit shutouts in two starts at the Oakland Coliseum this season.
DiCinces drove in three runs, Ken Singleton and Lee May had three hits each, and player-coach Elrod Hendricks got in on the hitting action with his first home run - the first RBI - of the season.