Enter to win every day in CTNOW's 21 Days of Summer Giveaways. Click here to see today's prize.
CT Now

Six home-run barrage moves Baltimore into tie for first

The Orioles sent a powerful message – literally and figuratively – to the Yankeesin their thrilling 10-6 win at Camden Yardslast night.

Mixed in with the usual smells of sweat, sunflower seeds and bubble-gum in the Orioles’ dugout was the overpowering scent of testosterone.

A six-home-run barrage – the most homers by the O’s in a game in over five years – left Yankees pitchers muttering to themselves.

And three blasts in the eighth inning by Adam Jones, sizzling Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis – the last on a swing  so relaxed I thought he was falling asleep – sent the sellout crowd into a delirious celebration.

Anyone who’s ever played baseball knows how unnerving it can be to watch the other team go off on a home-run tear as the O’s did last night.

MASN cameras kept panning the Yankees dugout in the eighth inning. And the expressions on the faces of manager Joe Girardi and the players were grim. I didn’t see Dave Robertson and Boone Logan, the relievers who gave up the homers. They were probably still babbling to themselves.

Buck Showalter loves to talk about all the “big, hairy guys” in the American League who can launch mammoth homers seemingly at will.

But the Orioles manager always adds this: “You know, we have some big, hairy guys, too.”

It certainly appears that way. Last night, in regaining a share of first place in the American League East, the Orioles were practically Cro-Magnum.

It was a wondrous sight to see.

Copyright © 2015, CT Now
Related Content
  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...

  • Orioles Season Preview 2015

    Orioles Season Preview 2015

  • Orioles Insider

    Orioles Insider