Brian Roberts‘ first home run of the 2010 season was of the walk-off variety as the Orioles defeated the American League Central leading Chicago White Sox by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings. Ty Wiggington, the O’s lone All-Star Game representative, also homered. The win was the Orioles’ sixth in seven games under new manager Buck Showalter.
Showalter led the O’s to a 34-23 record down the stretch to avoid what had appeared to be a certain 100-loss season in Baltimore. Prior to Showalter’s debut on Aug. 3 the team stood a season-worst 41 games below .500 with a 32-73 record. Six of the 34 victories to close out the 2010 campaign came by way of a walk-off hit.
Roberts will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame on Saturday. As noted by MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, “Roberts is the all-time leader in virtually every major offensive category among Orioles second basemen.”