Raindrops kept falling on their heads. But the Baltimore Orioles were not ones to complain about the rain tonight; not until they had sloshed past the New York Yankees, 7-4, that is.
Afterward, Manager Earl Weaver told third base umpire Steve Palermo "You guys are gonna get hollered out no matter what you do, you might as well declare it unplayable.
"We'd all better off if the umpires couldn't count," he added.
The umpiring crew chief, Dave Phillips, said, "Early, the drizzle was such that we didn't need to cover the field. By the seventh, it was raining too steadily to do any good."
The Yankees, who left the bases loaded in the seventh and ninth innings, begged to differ.
The forecast tonight was for thunder and showers. Doug DeCinces provided the thunder with a two run home run and the Orioles showered four Yankee pitchers with eight hits.
Defeating New York for the first time this season, the O's ended a two-game losing streak. "Now we have that grocery store record, 7-11," said Ken Singleton.
In the bottom of the second, the Yankees leading, 1-0, on an unearned run off winner Steve Stone (2-2), the Orioles injected lighting by scoring six runs and driving left-handed starter Tom Underwood out of the game
The first runs came on DeCines' fourth home run of the season.Two pitches later, Gary (Roenicke (.190), one of several Orioles who had not been hitting left-handers, lined the first of his two doubles over the center fielder's head.
Rick Dempsey hit a two-hopper to short and Roenicke headed for third. His perfect hook slide beat Bucky Dent's throw to third baseman Graig Nettles.
Roenicke scored when first baseman Jim Spencer threw wildly to home on Mark Belanger's bunt down the line.
Al Bumbry's RBI single, second baseman Willie Randolph's error and Eddie Murray's run-scoring hit followed.
In the top of the seventh, with the score 6-2, Stone walked Nettles and gave up a run-scoring single to Rick Cerone. Weaver tiptoed through the puddles to get him.
Dave Ford came in and walked Randolph, then was relieved by Tippy Martinez, who walked Rupert Jones to load the bases.
Tim Stoddard splashed in from the bullpen to face pinch hitter Bobby Murcer. The veteran fouled off three pitches, all fast balls (91-92 mph). He looked at the fourth, a fast ball: strike three.
The Yankees loaded the bases again in the ninth, but Stoddard, registering his third save, got Reggie Jackson to fly out to end the game.
As the players headed for cover, a fan grabbed the hat off Ray Miller, the pitching coach celebrating his 35th birthday, and hit him in the mouth (Miller pressed charges).
"They haven't come easy, have they?" someone said to Weaver.
"They haven't come," he said. I don't care if they don't come easy, if they come."