Before the Orioles took on the Seattle Mariners tonight, former Oriole Roberto Alomar was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Alomar played second base for the Orioles in three seasons from 1996-1998. In 412 regular season games for the ball club he batted .312, a franchise record for players with 1,200 or more at bats, hit 50 homers, and recorded 210 RBIs. He is also ninth all time for the Orioles with a .480 slugging percentage.
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The Orioles also presented the Herb Armstrong Award to Don Pries, a longtime scout for the team, before the game.
Both players received green jackets upon being honored. This reminded me of the Masters and I found it odd that the jackets weren't orange. That's the way I would've designed the jackets anyway.
Orioles Defeat Mariners 11-8
Chris Tillman got the start for the game and recorded his 14th win of the season. The 25-year old pitcher didn't have his best outing though, allowing eight hits and giving up six runs in five innings. But those numbers didn't seem to matter because his teammates stepped up to the plate; literally.
It seemed that everyone overcame their batting struggles in the win. Only two of the Orioles starters did not get a hit in the game. Chris Davis hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third, giving him a total of 40 on the season and boosting his RBI count to 101. The homer was also the fourth Eutaw Street homer in his career. Ryan Flaherty also hit a solo homer, his coming in the fourth. The ball hit off of the top of the out-of-town scoreboard in right field and was initially ruled a double. But after a review, and a bit of arguing from Buck Showalter, the play was overturned and Flaherty was accredited with the home run he deserved.
Not wanting to feel left out of the home run party, Nate McLouth hit his first career grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning. The slam was the third by the Orioles this season.
The birds will look to keep up the momentum and get another win over the Mariners tomorrow night. The game begins at 7:05pm ET.