This Day in Orioles History: Jim Palmer Earns His First Win, Homers

Jim Palmer, Baltimore OriolesHave yourself a day Jim Palmer. The Hall of Fame pitcher earned his first win for the Baltimore Orioles on May 16, 1965, against the New York Yankees at Memorial Stadium. Palmer also homered to help the O’s to a 7-5 victory.

Pitching in relief of Dave McNally, who struggled through 2.1 innings of work, the 19-year-old Palmer tossed 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run while walking four and striking out one. It would be the first of 268 wins for Palmer, who appeared in 558 career games and made 521 starts.

Palmer hit the first of his three career home runs, this one coming against Yankees righty Jim Bouton, in the fourth inning. The clout scored Davey Johnson and cut New York’s lead in half.

Bouton allowed nine career home runs at Memorial Stadium, which tied with Fenway Park for the most he surrendered at any visiting ballpark. Palmer’s Orioles teammates Curt Blefary and Norm Siebern each totaled three career home runs against Bouton, which tied for the second-largest total of home runs against the future author of Ball Four.

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What do Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Joey Rickard Have in Common With Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Belle, and Brady Anderson?

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Multi-homer games are like extended losing streaks for the 2018 Baltimore Orioles. Despite the seeming frequency of each event, there was still something unique about what happened over the weekend when three different Orioles players had multiple homers in a game on three consecutive days.

Manny Machado homered twice on May 11 (ho-hum), Jonathan Schoop followed suit during the front end of the May 12 doubleheader, and Joey Rickard (Joey Rickard!) round-trippered things out with his own two-homer game during a 17-1 drubbing of the Rays on May 13.

That’s three consecutive days of multi-homer games, but notably not three consecutive games thanks to the Saturday doubleheader. For that we need to get into the Wayback Machine (or WABAC) and travel to 1999.

Machado, Schoop, and Rickard, meet Ripken, Belle, and Anderson.

Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Belle, and Brady Anderson each had a multi-homer game for the Orioles in three consecutive games in 1999. Ripken got things started with a two-homer effort on July 24, 1999, Belle went deep three times on July 25, 1999,  and Anderson hit two out on July 27, 1999. The Orioles did not play on July 26.

For context, the 2016 Orioles had the most two-homer games in team history with 22, but it never happened three days in a row that season.

The 2018 Orioles currently have eight multi-homer games, which ranks 27th in team history. The O’s have had at least 18 multi-homer games for three consecutive seasons starting in 2015. Can the 2018 Orioles extend that streak to four?

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Five Facts About Manny Machado and Multi-Homer Games for the Orioles

Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, Spring Training

Photo Credit: Norm Schimmel

It used to mean something to say “I was there the time Manny Machado hit multiple home runs.” These days, not as much.

With his two home runs on Sunday versus the Cleveland Indians, Machado already has his third multi-homer game of the 2018 season. Prior to this year, he had only one multi-homer game in the month of April (April 23, 2015).

Here are five facts about Manny Machado and multi-homer games for the Baltimore Orioles.

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A Prior 5-11 Start in Baltimore Ended in “One of the Most Remarkable Scenes Maybe That You Will Ever See in Sport”

Baltimore Orioles dugout

Photo Credit: Norm Schimmel

Where will the 2018 Baltimore Orioles ultimately rank among all O’s teams to start a season 5-11?

A 5-11 start to a season has more often than not ended up on the positive side of the ledger for the Orioles with two such teams compiling 90 or more wins. However, there are also two teams with 90 or more losses in the bunch.

Here are the five other O’s teams to begin the season with a 5-11 record in rank order from best to worst.

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Tim Beckham Almost “Enjoys” a Record-Tying Effort for the Orioles in the Bronx

Baltimore Orioles Spring Training

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The Orioles and Yankees played a wild 14-inning affair starting on Friday night and extending into Saturday morning. The O’s ultimately enjoyed the spoils of a 7-3 victory thanks to a Pedro Alavarez grand slam in extras.

Alvarez, who’s been known to strike out a time or two in his career, did not contribute to the Orioles’ 16-strikeout total after entering as a pinch hitter for Danny Valencia in the 10th inning. Instead, Tim Beckham led that effort by striking out five times. He narrowly avoided tying a team record for batting futility.

Sam Horn holds the Baltimore Orioles team record for strikeouts in a game with six, a total he established in a 9-8 loss in 15 innings to the Kansas City Royals on July 17, 1991.  O’s pitcher Mike Flanagan created new naming conventions beyond the golden sombrero in honor of Horn’s efforts, as reported by Tim Kurkjian.

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Five Things to Know About Former Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt As He Turns 77

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie WattFormer Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt turned 77 on Wednesday. Watt pitched in the majors for 10 seasons with eight of them coming in an O’s uniform.

Here are five facts about the Orioles Hall of Famer (Class of 2000).

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This Day in Baltimore Orioles History: The Chris Tillman the O’s Need in 2018 Showed Up on April 2, 2011

Yesterday: The Orioles lost 7-0 to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, dropping their first season series after opening the 2018 campaign with a victory last Thursday. The O’s also found themselves embroiled in a mini-controversy over unwritten rules when Chance Sisco bunted against the shift in the ninth inning. Deadspin summed up the dispute thusly: “Twins Mad That Other Team Was Trying Too.”

Baltimore Orioles pitchers Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman

Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman serve as bat boys during Spring Training. (Photo Credit: Norm Schimmel)

Yesteryear: The Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on April 2, 2011 to push their record to 2-0.

Chris Tillman, who will make his first start of the 2018 season on Monday night in Houston, pitched six shutout innings in the 2011 game. Newly elected Orioles Hall of Famer Brian Roberts played the hero role in the eighth inning with a three-run homer off of Jake McGee.

The 2011 Orioles opened the season 4-0 and won six of their first seven games to provide fans with early hope that the team’s run of losing seasons would end at 13. Instead, the team finished 69-93 in its first full season with Buck Showalter at the helm. The O’s only winning month came in September when they went 15-13.

In other words, it’s early folks.

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