In case you hadn't heard, the Orioles thwomped the Phillies last night, to the tune of 19-3. In doing so, they pounded out eight home runs, a single-game club record. The home runs were mashed by Manny Machado (2), newest Oriole Chris Parmelee (2), Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis (who also broke the Eutaw St home run record), Ryan Flaherty and David Lough. Not a bad day's work.
And it got me thinking of the history of Orioles tater-fests. 12 times, the Orioles have managed six homers in a contest. And prior to last night, the Orioles had hit seven home runs in a game three times:
- In 1967, they hit seven homers in a 12-8 win against the Red Sox. Jim Palmer started the game, but actually got pulled after allowing three runs in the first inning, leaving Bill Dillman to pick up the win. The home runs came from seven different Orioles (which is pretty interesting for a seven-homer game): Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Andy Etchebarren, Sam Bowens and Davey Johnson (who also pitched 2 1/3 innings and got a save).
- In 1985, the team pounded out seven dingers in a 17-3 spanking of the Angels (the California Angels!). The team backed up starter Dennis Martinez by lighting up three different Angels pitchers. Eddie Murray led the way with three of the seven longballs, and Gary Roenicke, Floyd Rayford, Rick Dempsey and John Shelby each added one.
- Most recently, the team cranked out seven homers near the end of the surprise 2012 season, part of a 12-2 win against the Blue Jays. Miguel Gonzalez cruised to an easy win while the Orioles got to four different Jays pitchers -- Manny Machado and Chris Davis each picked up a pair, while Mark Reynolds, Nate McLouth and Oriole-for-100-at-bats Jim Thome got in on the fun as well.
That provides some perspective on how unusual last night was -- 61 years in Baltimore, and the club had never managed it. The milestone night comes in the midst of a 10-2 stretch, too, that has seen the Orioles creep from sub-.500 right back into AL East contention. So last night's win is a thing that Orioles fans can savor from many angles -- and hope that the team kept something in the tank for tonight's game. Can't have anyone suffering from "general fatigue" due to all that tater-mashing, after all.