Friday night saw a game full of homeruns when the Baltimore Orioles took on the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. The Orioles got the 8-5 win thanks to three homeruns.
"It's huge to get the win tonight with two [upcoming] days back to back," Davis said, commenting on the team's three consecutive wins. "Especially coming off [the] series [against] Texas, we want to keep the momentum going into the All-Star break."
The Orioles will focus on keeping that momentum going today, Saturday July 13th, in the second game of the three game series against the Blue Jays. The game is set to start at 4:05 PM and will be shown on MASN and WJZ.
Friday night's game was rain delayed, but not for long. As the rain poured down over Camden Yards, the Orioles were in the locker room focusing for a big game. No doubt the All-Star break was on everyone's mind as well. What athlete doesn't mind a little time off? But for four of the Orioles starters, there would be no break.
Center fielder Adam Jones, short stop JJ Hardy, and first baseman Chris Davis were named starters in the All-Star game which is to take place on Tuesday, July 16th at 8 PM in New York. 21-year old, third baseman sensation Manny Machado will also be representing Baltimore at the All-Star game, but he will be a reserve.
General Manager Buck Showalter had words of praise for these four athletes: "They're a force of consistency for us. Not only as players, but as people. I think that's the thing you miss when you're not here. Not so much what they do statistically -- that's pretty special -- but the consistency they bring and the approach to the game."
These four players have proved that they belong in the All-Star game throughout the entire season. But their performance last night all but sealed the deal.
Each of the three All-Star starters hit a homerun in the ball game while Machado reached base on a single. He was batted home, along with Nick Markakis, by an Adam Jones homerun in the bottom of the sixth. The homer was Jones' fifth of the season and pumped the Orioles' overall homerun count up to 128 on the season, a number that leads the MLB. Hardy also hit a 3 run homer, bringing home Jones and Davis.
Of course no game would be complete without a homerun by Davis. He added to his league leading and career high in homers by hitting his 35th of the season. When asked if the season ended that day, would he be impressed with his stats, Davis answered, "I think so. It's a productive year. [But] did we go to the World Series? Did we win the World Series? I think that's the ultimate goal. How far did the team go?"
Tillman got the start on the mound for Baltimore and improved his record to 11-3. He gave up eight hits, but only allowed three runs, all of them coming off of two homeruns by the Blue Jays.
Despite all of the successes the team has had early in the season, the Orioles are keeping their sights on a much bigger prize. The All-Star break will be a great time to regroup and refocus on the prize ahead.