Skid hits 9

Back in 2005 we interned with the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx and got our first look behind the scenes of professional baseball. Our first manager run-in? Dave Trembley. He joined the Lynx in ’05 for his first taste of managing at the Triple-A level.

If we heard it once, we heard it a million times. “There are three things you need to have success in baseball. Good pitching, good defence, and timely hitting,” Trembley would tell myself and the Lynx beat reporters. “If you get one of those three, you give yourself a chance to win a ballgame. If you get two of them, you’ve got a good chance. And if you get all three …”

The Blue Jays got good pitching on Wednesday afternoon from starter Roy Halladay, who turned in a quality outing – three runs on eight hits over 7.0 innings. They didn’t, however, receive good pitching from their bullpen, as Jesse Carlson, BJ Ryan and Brian Wolfe combined to allow nine runs.

In the end, this game came down to timely hitting. And while the Jays did manage some of their own to jump out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth, it was Trembley’s Orioles who managed to reap the greater rewards for their timely hitting.

Timelier hitting, you might say.

The O’s, who scored five runs in the eighth inning to knot the score at 8, then walked off on a three-run homer by Nolan Reimold in the 11th.

Needless to say, Trembley, who took over as Baltimore skipper in 2007, was happy with his team’s effort on Wednesday.

“That’s about as much fun as I’ve had in a long time,” Trembley told MLB.com following the game.

Things were different in the losing clubhouse, where Cito Gaston and his club packed up to head back to Toronto after an 0-9 road trip – the worst in franchise history.

“This is one we had a chance to win,” Gaston told reporters. “This is probably the worst loss we had on this trip.”

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