It’s hard to have a better introduction to a team (and a city) than Tim Beckham‘s had for the Baltimore Orioles this week. The Birds traded for him on Tuesday, and since arriving in town he’s gotten on base multiple times and smacked three home runs. One of those was the 2500th Oriole home run in the history of Camden Yards. And his homer last night was the epic 10,000th in franchise history.
The Orioles got a typical start out of Wade Miley last night. Miley’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Miley’s starts aren’t pretty, and he has to lead the century in getting into full counts. But on this night he got out of most of them. He gave up a two-run homer to Upton in the first inning – and that was it.
The Birds got on the board in the last of the third on a Schoop RBI-double to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Two innings later they tied it when Adam Jones smacked the 9,998th homer in franchise history to tie the game at two. It was also Jones’ 20th of the season, marking 7 straight years with 20 home runs or more for Jones.
The Birds took the lead in the last of the seventh on a solo homer by Welington Castillo, which put the franchise at 9,999 homers for their entire history. More importantly however, the O’s held the lead. And with their bullpen, that was a huge thing – especially seeing that this was a big swing game for the O’s.
And one inning later Beckham came to the plate, and exhaulted the Orioles into the history books with the franchise’s 10,000th home run. It’s a small feat for sure, but it sure meant something to the nearly 34K in attendance. Beckham was pushed by the fans and his teammates to take a curtain call, which was well deserved after that one homer as well as the week he’s had.
Rickard would add an RBI-double later in the inning to cap off the Orioles’ 5-2 victory. Some people might wonder if it wouldn’t have been more fitting for the Adam Jones’ of the world to have hit that historic homer. And while that’s a valid point, keep in mind that Baltimore’s a tough old blue collar town that’s been the home to many hard-working journeymen over the years. So perhaps it’s fitting for a guy like Tim Beckham to own that honor…
…the guy literally just showed up here – on Tuesday! He works hard, he hustles, and he does whatever he has to do to get on base. That’s kind of symbolic of the city of Baltimore itself. Some will say that 10,000 homers in franchise history just means your team’s been around awhile – since 1954, in this case. But it’s also a pretty cool moment for fans to think back on all of the great players over the years who have homered for this franchise – and that should bring a smile to people’s faces.
The O’s will attempt to split the series this afternoon. Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the mound for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.