Trending: Big night for Orioles, Cal Ripken
Pennant fever has returned to epidemic levels in Baltimore. The Orioles hammered six home runs in beating the Yankees 10-6 Thursday night at a sold-out wild and raucous Camden Yards -- all of it coming on Cal Ripken Statue Night.
The players certainly enjoyed it:
Wow...The Yard was rockin tonight! Hope to see y'all back at the ballpark tomorrow!— Zach Britton (@zbritton) September 7, 2012
The loudest I've ever heard Camden Yards. I did get them goosebumps tonight— Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) September 7, 2012
They aren't the only ones who could be cashing in:
The Orioles -- who got home runs by Matt Wieters, Robert Andino, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and two from Mark Reynolds -- took a big lead thanks to a four-run first:
REYNOLDS! Yes, he did it again! That's 7 homeruns in the last 7 games! 3 straight games with a HR. Orioles 6, Yankees 1 in the 6th #BUCKleUP— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 7, 2012
But that didn't last -- the Yankees scored five in the top of the eighth:
Ichiro's #Yankees moment? YES! And this game is tied.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 7, 2012
Baltimore finally put things away as Jones led off a four-run inning with a solo shot:
Ironic that the O's waited until the 8th inning for great drama on a night paying tribute to the best #8 in team history? What a game! #o's— Father John Enzler (@FrJohnEnzler) September 7, 2012
It was big night for the Orioles long before the first pitch -- thrown by No. 8 himself -- as they honored Ripken on the 17th anniversary of his 2,131st consecutive game, which broke Lou Gehrig's all-time "Ironman" record. A bronze, bigger-than-life Ripken statue was unveiled before the game as part of the team's year-long series of honoring past Orioles greats, including Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson (scheduled for Sept. 29.)
Fans were given Ripken mini-statues, as well, to mark the occasion.
By the way, the Nationals have a 7.5-game lead in the NL East. #BeltwaySeries anyone?
Nats-Orioles World Series would be incredible.— Cody Elliott (@VTCody) September 7, 2012
Someone had to say it. We'll close with this word of caution from Jones:
Allllloooonng waaaaay to goooo. #StayHungry— Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) September 7, 2012
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