Talk about calming your fan base; the Baltimore Orioles took care of business last night against the Toronto Blue Jays by belittling their ability to pitch. They hit seven homeruns off of four different Blue Jay pitchers and routed them by a score of 12-2.
Those seven homeruns tied a club record, matching two previous Oriole teams who accomplished such a feat back in 1967 and 1985. On May 17, 1967 the Orioles hit seven homeruns against the Boston Red Sox in Boston – they managed to get one homerun each from seven players. The second time was on August 26, 1985 in California against the then California Angels, now the Los Angeles Angels, when Eddie Murray his three homeruns and four other players hit one each.
What’s so cool about this particular seven homerun showing though is that they had never done this at home before. They really put on a spectacle for the 26,513 fans in attendance last night and the only people who left unhappy were however many Blue Jays fans were in attendance.
Five different players hit homeruns in the win, with Manny Machado and Chris Davis each hitting two, and amazingly enough – every single run scored by the Orioles was scored via the homerun.
So what does all of this do for their playoff chances? Not much actually because every other playoff contender won last night. All it really did was allow them to not fall further behind the New York Yankees or fall into a tie, or behind, the Oakland Athletics for the first wild-card spot. But that’s alright because that still helps, it still means something, and it shows that this team is not laying down for anyone.
Fans can only hope that remains to be true as the Orioles welcome the Red Sox to Camden Yards tomorrow for a three game set. Chris Tillman gets the ball for game one of this series and the Red Sox will be sending Aaron Cook to the mound to oppose him. Tillman is 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his last three starts against the Red Sox while Cook is 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA and a nasty scar from being spiked earlier in the year.
Realistically speaking, the Orioles will likely need to win at least 92 games to be guaranteed a spot in the postseason and a three game sweep of the Red Sox at home would do wonders for them in that regard.