The Orioles sent a half-dozen baseballs flying out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday to defeat the Oakland A’s 11-3. Manny Machado homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and Pedro Alvarez became the first batter to reach Eutaw Street this season.
The O’s fell two shy of the team record for homers in a game. You have to think they’ll make another run at the mark this season.
Here’s a look at the historical context for six-homer games in Baltimore:
-The Orioles have hit six or more home runs in a game on 17 different occasions.
-The team record for homers in a game is eight. The O’s established the mark on June 16, 2015, in a 19-3 victory versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Manny Machado homered twice in that game as well. So did Chris Parmelee. Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty, and David Lough also went deep in that game.
-The first time the Orioles surpassed six home runs in a game was May 17, 1967, when they hit seven long balls versus the Red Sox. No one homered more than once. The seven players to touch ’em all were Paul Blair, Franks Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Davey Johnson, Andy Etchebarren, and Sam Bowens.
-There have been four seasons when the Orioles have had multiple games with six or more homers: 1985 (Aug. 26 & Sept. 16), 1987 (May 9 & May 28), 1996 (April 11 & May 28), and 2012 (Sept. 6 & Sept. 26).
-This is the third consecutive season that the Orioles have had a game with six or more home runs. That has happened only once before in team history, from 1994 through 1996.