Written by Michael Williams
Tonight's game got under way at 7:05 ET 23 Members of the Orioles Hall of Fame were in attendence. So were the Orioles bats and their Ace, Chris Tillman
Chris Tillman was ace of the staff this evening, keeping the Cardinals at bay with an assortment of fastballs thrown as hard as 94 MPH and off-speed pitches. He had his full complement this eveing. Tillman had command of the zone and kept the Cardinals scorless until a seventh inning walk and cheap home run to the flag court railing by new Cardinal "A. J." Pierzynski.
Final Line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K, Win
Brian Matusz pitched an inning and a third scorelessly.
Brad Brach pitched an uneventful ninth inning
Neither reliever allowed a base runner.
The Orioles loaded the bases twice with no outs and came away scoreless. They left a total of 10 runners stranded on base. That was in adddition to the 12 runs that the Orioles did score, mostly on home runs. Some of the Earl Weaver variety. At total of six home runs - Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy (twice), Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty. It was a massive offensive explosion, worthy of the post game event and fireworks. The Orioles collected 15 hits, three walks, and three HBP. Holy OBP!
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Steve Pearce made a miraculous diving catch to end the amazing game.
Key Moments In The Game
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, Nick Hubdley broke the seal in the second and with Manny Machado's bomb two batters later, The Baltimore Summer of Love Block Party with the Legends was on.
Other Notes/ Musings
The Blue Jays lost late to fall off the pace in the AL East chase. The NY Yankees, who come to Baltimore next week, moved into second place five games back of the first place Baltimore Orioles.
The 60th Anniversary Post Game Ceremonies was one of the most technologically astounding, emotionally moving, and apprpriately celebratory events that has ever been held in a baseball stadium. Well done Orioles Production.
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