The Baltimore Orioles hope they got a glimpse of the future this afternoon when they rallied for three ninth-inning runs to beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, before 7,681 at Miami Stadium.
Trailing, 2-0, and having had only seven hits and one run in their first 17 innings this spring, the Orioles got back-to-back home runs by rookie outfielders Ken Gerhart and Jim Traber off reliever Brian Fisher for a 2-2 tie. Fisher's error then allowed third baseman Tom O'Malley to reach first and, a batter later, pinch runner Rex Hudler scored on catcher John Stefero's single.
"It doesn't mean a thing," Manager Earl Weaver said. "But it gives you a better feeling."
It may mean something for Stefero because the Orioles would very much like to keep him as a backup catcher and pinch hitter.
"Every little bit helps," Stefero said. "Fisher fell behind and he's a power pitcher, so I was looking fast ball all the way. It's been a long time since I had one of those."
After Mike Flanagan allowed four hits and two runs in three innings, Ken Dixon, Nate Snell and Tippy Martinez pitched six shutout innings, allowing only two singles.