The Baltimore Orioles hit seven home runs on their way to a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night. After falling behind 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Jim Thome started the Orioles rally with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Manny Machado and Chris Davis followed with home runs of their own on their way to two home runs each. The Orioles tied a club record with seven home runs.
Lead-off hitter Nate McLouth once again had a great day at the plate going two for four and leading off the game with a home run. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez also pitched another strong game. Gonzalez pitched seven innings allowing only two earned runs. Outside of a solo home run by Edwin Encarnacion and an Anthony Gose RBI single, Gonzalez was stellar again tonight. Gonzalez figures to be a lock for a spot in Buck Showalter’s playoff rotation should the Orioles make it that far.
With the win the Orioles stay within 1.5 games of the New York Yankees and the AL East lead. The Orioles have an off day Thursday, while the rest of their American League competition for the playoffs will be in action. Starting Friday, the Orioles and the rest of the American League will have six games remaining. This means no more trying to figure out 1/2 games. The Orioles and the rest of the teams competing for a playoff spot will have two more series and six games to fight for a playoff spot.
As of right now, the Orioles control their own destiny. They own one of the two wild-card spots and if they are able to win out in their final six games, they would be guaranteed a playoff spot. The Orioles have three games remaining at home against the Boston Red Sox and three in Tampa Bay against the Tampa Bay Rays.
There is no way to predict how the final week of the baseball season will pan out. One thing is for sure, the Orioles have had a remarkable 2012 season. No one expected it, not even Orioles fans.