Win or lose, this year's O's continue to battle and play with hustle

Remember this time last year how frustrating it was to watch the Orioles play? Ground balls weren't run out. If they were trailing after the 6th inning, they almost always lost. Late inning rallies were something that happened on other ballclubs---not the Orioles.

Even though the Orioles have lost 13 out of their last 17 games; that's not the case this year.

The Orioles have a lot of faults, but failing to play hard is not one of them.

We saw it last night as the Orioles battled back after being down 5-0 in the 2nd to the best team in baseball [Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim]. The O's came up one run short in the 9th and lost 6-5.

Dave Trembley pointed this out in his pre-game press conference yesterday. He was asked by a reporter whether he was concerned about a possible drop in morale because of the fact the O's haven't won a series since June 26th against the Cubs.

Trembley said he sees no indication that his club is giving up or giving in. He mentioned Melvin Mora's effort in Thursday's game when he ran-out an infield single. Also, he talked about the Bird's 9th-inning rally last Sunday against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

I have to agree, the Orioles have been losing, but no one can question their heart and work ethic. They are still battling.