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?