Adam Jones completes his trot after a grand slam at Yankee Stadium (AP photo by Bill Kostroun)
ORIOLES 13, YANKEES 4! What a beautiful Monday night in the Bronx.
As Roy Firestone wrote on the Orioles Hangout, “The sweetest sound in the baseball world is silence at Yankee Stadium.” It got me wondering, how many times have the Orioles spanked the Yankees so thoroughly in their own ballpark. What a joyous post this was to research.
For my fellow Baltimore fans, here’s a look at the Orioles nine biggest blowout victories in the House That Ruth Built. At least until tomorrow and the next day!
July 28, 2008: ORIOLES 13, YANKEES 4 – Five RBI for first-year Oriole Adam Jones, including the grand slam pictured above, and an 11-0 lead by the seventh-inning stretch. Much of the damage at the expense of Cooperstown-bound right-hander Mike Mussina, a great Oriole who turned to the dark side for Steinbrenner’s dollars and a promise ring. Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar & Ramon Hernandez also went deep to lead a 17-hit attack that was more than enough for Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie.
September 22, 1971: ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 1 – Boog Powell ripped a pair of two-run homers, and rookie Bobby Grich added a three-run shot for the first long ball of his major league career. Jim Palmer went the distance on a six-hitter for his 19th victory, as the Orioles showed why they’d already clinched their third straight AL East title by completing a series sweep. Elrod Hendricks went 4-5 for the O’s.
June 8, 1986: ORIOLES 18, YANKEES 9 – The Orioles completed another three-game sweep thanks to a career day from right-fielder Lee Lacy, who went 4-6 with three homers and six RBI. Larry Sheets also went deep, as Baltimore pounded out 22 hits to open up a game they led only 7-6 through six. A shaky Ken Dixon earned the win for the Birds, and Tippy Martinez got credit for a save by recording the last 10 outs.
May 20, 2008: ORIOLES 12, YANKEES 2 – Who could forget just over two months ago, when Baltimore knocked Mussina out of the box with a seven-run first, and used got eight unearned runs in the first couple of innings? Adam Jones led the offense with four hits and 4 RBI. Millar and Luke Scott added homers, but the real star was Daniel Cabrera’s smothering seven-inning, five-hit, zero-walk performance (OK, and the Yankees permissive defense).
August 17, 2006: ORIOLES 12, YANKEES 2 – Brian Roberts took Jaret Wright deep leading off the game, and Baltimore also got long balls from Fernando Tatis and rookie Nick Markakis (four RBI). Rodrigo Lopez pitched seven strong innings for the victory, as the Orioles managed only nine hits, but took full advantage of six walks and a pair of New York miscues.
August 14, 2007: ORIOLES 12, YANKEES 0 – Daniel Cabrera hurled the first 6 2/3 innings of a two-hit shutout, and the Orioles won a laugher courtesy of Aubrey Huff’s grand slam & five total RBI. Millar homered and scored four times, and Melvin Mora added three hits.
May 4, 1969: ORIOLES 14, YANKEES 2 – This was the second-game of a double-header, which Baltimore won to wrap up a four-game sweep. It was 13-0 by the seventh-inning stretch, and rehabbing right-hander Jim Hardin went the distance for his first victory of the season. The hitting stars were Andy Etchebarren (five RBI) & Paul Blair (four RBI), who each went deep. Hardin helped himself by going 2-5 with a RBI and two runs scored.
June 5, 1989: ORIOLES 16, YANKEES 3 – Baltimore got 12 unearned runs on six (count ’em) Yankees errors, Jeff Ballard ran his record to 9-1, rookie Steve Finley smacked a grand slam, and Jim Traber and Mickey Tettleton added a homer and three RBI apiece. Why not, indeed?!?!
May 12, 1967: ORIOLES 14, YANKEES 0 – Jim Palmer hurled a one-hit shutout, surrendering only a leadoff single to Horace Clarke in the bottom of the seventh. The next batter grounded into a double play, so Palmer faced the minimum 27 hitters in going the distance. The Orioles didn’t hit a single home run, but used 17 hits and nine walks to great advantage, led by Frank Robinson & Paul Blair (four RBI apiece). Hall of Famer Whitey Ford took the loss in the next-to-last appearance of his career, but Ball Four author Jim Bouton and the rest of the New York bullpen suffered most of the damage.
Wow, what fun! Hope to be updating this one soon before they stop playing ball at 161st Street & River Avenue.
by Malcolm Allen