With 36 games left in the season the Orioles matched last year’s win total with an 8-2 victory over Toronto. The O’s are now within four games of the East Division Lead after a Yankee loss today. Although posting stellar performances Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy fell just shy of tying all-time Orioles single game records. Matt Wieters gunned down three runners trying to steal in tonight’s game, the last Orioles catcher to throw out three runners in one game was Mickey Tettleton back on August 10, 1988, but the record for the most in a single game is four by Rick Dempsey on May 12, 1977. Also one day after Adrian Beltre (TEX) hit for the cycle, J.J. Hardy fell one triple short of hitting for the cycle. The last O’s player to hit for the cycle was Felix Pie on August 14, 2009 against the LA Angels of Anaheim.
On the night of the honoring of the 2012 Oriole Hall of Fame inductees an Oriole legacy Steve Johnson, son of former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson took the mound for the O’s in this game and earned his second win of the season. He pitched six innings giving up four hits, two runs, two walks and recorded seven strikeouts.
Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters combind tonight for six hits and eight RBI’s. Toronto’s starter Brandon Morrow went four and two-thirds innings with six hits, two earned runs, and seven strikeouts and suffered the loss. This was a total reverse from the last game the O’s faced Morrow in which he won only giving up four hits and one run, but this loss tonight makes his record against the O’s 3-3 lifetime.
The Orioles inducted two new members to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame: Rich Dauer and Mike Mussina. Dauer was a second baseman for the O’s playing his entire 10-year career (1976-1985) with Baltimore. A member of the 1983 World Series Championship team Dauer still holds two Major League records with 86 consecutive errorless games and 425 straight errorless chances. Mike Mussina or “Moose” as he was called here, pitched for the O’s from 1991-2000 winning 147 games with the O’s where he was a 5-time All-star and 4-time Gold Glove winner. He was also the pitcher that started and won in Cal Ripken’s infamous 2,131st game in which he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played record.
The Orioles have positioned themselves to where if they can just win series after series the rest of the season, they have a good chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)