This day in Orioles history, Aug. 24, involves lots of misery inflicted on or by the Blue Jays. Fortunately, more of the misery belongs to Toronto rather than Baltimore.
On Aug. 24, 1983, Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays runners in the top of the 10th inning as the Blue Jays were too eager to try and steal once Lenn Sakata was forced into service as the catcher. Sakata then won the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with a three-run homer.
This one ranks an all-time great O’s regular season moment. What is often forgotten is that Toronto homered to start the 10th inning, and Cal Ripken Jr. immediately tied things up with a homer of his own to start the the bottom of the inning.
On Aug. 24, 2012, Chris Davis homered three times to power the O’s to a 6-4 victory against Toronto. Adrian Beltre had homered three times against the Orioles in the team’s previous game, on Aug. 22, versus Texas. The Orioles were the first team to be involved in consecutive three-homer games.
There was at least one Aug. 24 when the Blue Jays inflicted the misery on the Orioles. It came on Aug. 24, 2002. The O’s entered the day playing .500 baseball but dropped a double-header to the Jays that began a 10-game losing streak that contributed to a 4-31 finish down the stretch.
When I think of collapses during the down years, the 2005 season comes to mind most readily. I must have erased 2002 from my memory bank. A team that was 63-63 at the start of action on Aug. 24 finished 67-95.
On the upside, the Aug. 24 games saw Mike Bordick pass Cal Ripken Jr. for most consecutive chances without an error at shortstop. With four such chances on the day, Bordick’s streak reached 428. He ultimately fielded 544 balls without an error from April 10, 2002 to April 2, 2003.
Bordick’s streak ended in his first game of the 2003 season for … the Toronto Blue Jays.