Baltimore Orioles Break MLB Home Run Record (A Good One)
By Nick Stevens
The Baltimore Orioles are piling up new MLB records as they take care of business against the Los Angeles Angels.
The 2019 season hasn’t given fans of the Baltimore Orioles much to talk to about, but it has been much more entertaining than the disaster that was 2018. Currently on a nine-game west coast trip, the Birds are in Los Angeles for four games against the Angels. When they pack up and head to San Diego on Sunday evening, they will take with them a new Major League Baseball record.
On Thursday night, around 4:30 am Friday if we’re being accurate, utility man Stevie Wilkerson became the first position player to record a save since the stat became official in 1969. Utilizing his mid-50 mph floater, “Dr. Poo Poo” shut the door on a win that doesn’t mean anything as far as the standings are concerned (for the Orioles), but is a win this young team can look back at and be proud of. Two nights later, Baltimore was back to setting another MLB milestone.
With home runs from Pedro Severino (10th) and Jonathan Villar (13th), the Baltimore Orioles became the new record holder for most consecutive games with two or more home runs. Saturday night was their 10th-straight game achieving such a feat. In a season where Hanser Alberto is one of the top hitters in the lineup, the pitching staff is on track to set a few MLB records of their own (of the depressing variety), and 50 team wins may not happen, the Orioles are giving fans plenty to talk about.
The streak started back on July 17th in a 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Trey Mancini started the party by himself, sending two into the bleachers. Below is the full list of Orioles who played a part in the record-breaking performance.
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- July 17th (@ Washington)- Trey Mancini (2)
- July 19th (vs Boston)- Anthony Santander and Keon Broxton
- July 20th (vs Boston)- Renato Nunez and Anthony Santander
- July 21st (vs Boston)- Trey Mancini (2), Jonathan Villar
- July 22nd (@ Arizona)- Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez
- July 23rd (@Arizona)- Renato Nunez, Anthony Santander, Dwight Smith Jr.
- July 24th (@Arizona)- Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander
- July 25th (@LAA)- Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar
- July 26th (@LAA)- Trey Mancini and Renato Nunez
- July 27th (@LAA)- Pedro Severino and Jonathan Villar
Despite hitting .198 in July, his seven home runs this month, all during the record-setting stretch, give Mancini 24 home runs on the year, tying his career-high (has hit 24 in each of his first two seasons).
The Orioles will look to extend their streak on Sunday as they go for a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels will send Felix Pena to the bump to begin the game (used mainly out of the bullpen or as an opener). He is prone to giving up the long ball, surrendering 16 of them this season.
During their current three-game winning streak, the Baltimore Orioles have racked up 27 runs on 44 hits and will try and make the Angels path to the playoffs even more difficult. Entering this series, the Angels were two games out of an American League Wild Card spot. They now find themselves five games out.