Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez didn’t have to pitch in torrential rain Tuesday.

That game was postponed before he had to take the mound. So, instead, Gonzalez threw Wednesday afternoon's first pitch with the temperature at 39 degrees.

No matter.

Gonzalez, who has earned the reputation in his three seasons with the Orioles as a gamer who competes in any situation, threw five scoreless innings in the club's 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on a frigid afternoon at Camden Yards.

It was the Orioles’ first shutout since Sept. 6 last season against the Chicago White Sox.

How cold was it Wednesday?

The last time the Orioles played in a game with a lower first-pitch temperature was April 28, 2008, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago -- one of the worst weather conditions for a game in recent memory.
With a driving rain to match the 38-degree temperature at first pitch that day, puddles the size of small bass ponds collected in the infield and outfield. Eventually, that game was suspended and resumed later that season in Baltimore.

There was no need for fishing poles Wednesday, just lots of gloves, hats and hand-warmers more fitting for a Ravens game.

Still, a multilayered announced crowd of 22,611 braved the cold to watch the Orioles (7-7) sweep an abbreviated two-game series and jump ahead of the Rays (7-8) in the American League East standings.
Gonzalez was supposed to pitch Tuesday night against the Rays, but because of the rainout, he was pushed back a day. He had gone a full week since he last started in a no-decision against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 9.

Heading into Wednesday, Gonzalez was actually better on six days rest or more (3.38 ERA in 12 starts) than on a starter’s regular four days rest (4.29 ERA in 22 starts). In his career, Gonzalez’s lowest ERA (2.73 in 10 starts) is when he pitches on five days rest, which was supposed to happen Tuesday.