July 12, 2012
April 19, 1984 - Dream Weaver
Earl Weaver wasn't the O's manager in 1984, but he would have been proud of the Baltimore offensive output. Weaver was a big fan of the three run homer, and the Orioles hit three(!) of them in this game. Those are the kind of efforts that must have given Earl sweet dreams...
Baltimore went through twelve hitters to start the game and had chased away Blue Jays pitcher Luis Leal after only recording one out. Cal Ripken smashed the first three run bomb in that inning and helped give the O's a 7-0 lead. But Toronto came roaring back. They scored two in the first inning and three more in the second to close the gap, 7-5. In the top of the third, though, Eddie Murray knocked his own three run homer to extend the Baltimore lead for good.
Every Baltimore batter scored at least one run in the game except catcher Rick Dempsey. Wayne Gross hit the third and final three run jack but Mike Young, who has been insanely hot to start this Statis Pro season, added a solo job too. John Lowenstein made six trips to the plate and never recorded an out, including three walks. The Blue Jays didn't allow Mike Flanagan to escape the second but Tippy Martinez gutted out three and third innings to earn the win.
On the Toronto side of the diamond Dave Collins played first base in this game to rest Willie Upshaw, and went 4 for 5 and scored four runs. Lloyd Moseby hit another triple to extend his AL lead in that category and Kelly Gruber, on the active roster to replace injured Alfredo Griffin, made his MLB debut and actually hit a solo homer.
Winning Pitcher - Tippy Martinez
Losing Pitcher - Luis Leal
Player of the Game - Eddie Murray, 2-3, 2b, HR, 3R's, 3RBI's, 2BB's, 1 sac fly
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray