Five Games, Five Days, Five Parks - Day One Orioles Outslug Blue Jays

This is the only familiar park we will visit in our trek of minor and one major league park in Philadelphia. The next day we drove up to Philadelphia for a day game and our first visit to the Phillies park. We will write about that visit tomorrow. The Orioles peppered the Blue Jays pitching staff today for 19 hits in the 11-6 win. Matt Wieters did the most damage with a homerun, two doubles and a single to drive in four runs in the win.

Wieters got the engine running in the opening frame with a two run homerun, following Chris Davis, who grounded an RBI single just to the third base side of second base. Mark Trumbo had grounded into a double play earlier to thwart the potential for more runs.

The Blue Jays were not going to make it easy for the O’s. Troy Tulowitski rocked Chris Tillman with a line drive two run homerun in the bleachers in the top of the second and Devan Travis lifted one into the right centerfield bleachers for a two run shot to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead. After the second homerun Tillman retired 11 of the next 12 hitters.

Ryan Flaherty tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single. The Orioles chased Marcus Stroman in the fourth with two doubles and a single. Stroman would end the day giving up seven runs in less than four innings. The Orioles banged five hits off three pitchers to jump ahead 7-4.

Just when you thought the Blue Jays were bouncing back after they scored two in the seventh to pull to within two, 8-6 Jonathan Schoop erased any thoughts of a comeback with a mammoth shot that almost went into the second deck in left field, landing past the walk way into the odd numbered seats in the left field bleachers.

Game Notes: Hyun-Soo Kim finished the game 3 for 5 with all his hits singles. His .340 batting average is impressive but just seven of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases (seven doubles and one homerun). Most teams expect a little more power from their corner outfielders, especially if they are not superb defensive outfielders or players with superior speed. Kim does not have speed and is a below average outfielder…The home plate umpire was injured in the second inning. He had to be taken out of the game and it took one of the base umpires 30-40 minutes to put on his home plate umpire equipment. Once they got the game started the next out was subject to further review, which got a round of boos from the fans…Michael Saunders actually leaped over the fence to catch a ball hit by J.J. Hardy and rob him from a homerun…The Orioles were playing in teal colored uniforms for Father’s Day, the blue color the Yang for pink to encourage fathers to undergo prostrate screening…When myworld purchased peanuts from one of the vendors, she gave me one of those small sample liquor bottles they have on flights to wish me a Happy Father’s Day…Manny Machado did not start the game today, serving his first game of his four game suspension…Devon Travis had a good 3 for 3 day with a homerun and two doubles with one walk in four at bats…

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