For the First Time Since 1994(!)…
That’s right, it’s been 15 years since the O’s last swept the Blue Jays.
And man, was it a sweep. If you missed yesterday’s series finale, you missed one of the most exciting games in recent O’s memory.
Facing arguably the best pitcher in the Majors, Roy Halladay, players and fans alike would have probably been happy with just taking 2/3 from Toronto. By the time the eighth inning rolled around, and the Jays were up 8-3, most of us had pretty much resigned ourselves to that fate.
The O’s exploded for 5 in the bottom of the inning though, and were just inches (ok, feet…it wasn’t very close) from taking the lead when Adam Jones was thrown out at the plate for the third out.
Then, in the 11th, an Aaron Hill dinger off Danys Baez gave Toronto, already owners of an eight-game losing streak, another multi-run lead.
That lead wasn’t to last either though.
Nick Markakis led off the inning with a single off former Oriole B.J. Ryan, then Melvin Mora and Luke Scott followed with singles off of Brian Wolfe.
Enter rookie Nolan Reimold.
Reimold, who had struck out in his only two plate appearances on the day, picked up his first career game-winning RBI on a 3-run walk-off homer, a screamer that just snuck over the wall in left center.
The 12-10 victory was a great ending to a great series for the O’s.
Somehow, I have to suspect Matt Wieters is responsible for this…