Chris Hoiles and David Segui each knew that the moment would come when the Orioles' bats would spring to life.
But it's doubtful if either of them sensed that they each could bunch so many hits together for this extended period.
"This is definitely got to be my best time," said Hoiles, who hit two bases-empty homers and scored three runs in the Orioles' 12-10 win over the New York Yankees last night. "It's fun to go out there, and it's definitely fun to get into that batter's box."
"I'm just hitting the ball and find ing a hole right now," said Segui, who went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs, with three of them coming on a bases-loaded double in the fifth that gave the Orioles a lead they would not relinquish.
Hoiles and Segui are each white-hot and their streaks have, inturn, seemingly woke up the rest of the team's bats.
"It's something new every night," said Orioles manager Johnny Oates. "This [scoring] is something we've been waiting for. We knew that we could score runs out of spring training, and we are finally getting around to doing it. I just watch what is going on and try not to mess it up."
Segui said: "I don't know what the cause of our early slump was, but it seems like everybody went the extra step to get out of it and it's paying off now."
Hoiles has had multiple hits in six straight games and is hitting a torrid .615 during that stretch.
Included in that sequence are two games with two home runs -- Tuesday's 12-9 slugfest with the Detroit Tigers in which Hoiles drove in a career-high six runs and last night's performance, with shots to left in the fourth and seventh innings.
"It seems like whenever I've hit one or two, I would hit them in bunches, but I don't think they've come in bunches like this," said Hoiles.
Segui, however, has been on a hot streak for quite some time, batting .366 (45-for-123) in his past 38 games to boost his overall batting average to a team-high .329 among regulars.
Unlike Hoiles, who has been a regular for two years, Segui has never received playing time this regularly, usually coming into games as a late defensive replacement.
But with Glenn Davis in a horrid slump before he was sent to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings , Segui has settled comfortably into the lineup and made the most of his opportunity.
Last night's double, which chased Yankees starter Bob Wickman and sent him to his first loss of the year, brought the Orioles from two runs down and sparked yet another comeback win in a highly successful homestand.
"Wickman throws a sinker and I was just trying to get the ball in the air," said Segui. "Sometimes you hit the ball, and sometimes you don't. The way we've been scoring runs, we've done it [comeback] so many times, you've got to believe we can come back from anything."