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Orioles open game with three straight homers

May 10, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

Ryan Flaherty, Colby Lewis AP

Orioles left fielder Ryan Flaherty opened the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rangers with his first major league homer. And it was reason to celebrate. J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis immediately followed with homers of support, making the Orioles the first team in five years to start a game with three straight bombs.

The victim of the barrage was Colby Lewis, who led the AL by allowing 35 homers last season. He’s up to nine homers allowed so far in 2012.

Oddly enough, Hardy also hit the middle homer the last time a team started off with three straight homers. On Sept. 9, 2007, the Brewers opened up with Rickie Weeks, Hardy and Ryan Braun homering as part of a 10-5 win over the Reds.

It was the first time the Orioles had ever pulled off the feat.

  1. salvomania - May 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Eight of the first 9 batters Colby Lewis faced either struck out or homered… he has 10 Ks through 5 so far, and has retired 15 in a row since the homers

    • ptfu - May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      This is getting ridiculous. Lewis has given up 5 hits in 7 innings so far. All the hits were homers. 1 walk, 12 strikeouts. It’s almost a three true outcomes (TTO) performance–as a pitcher. Don’t see that every day.

      • lessick - May 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        You don’t see that ever–Lewis is the first ever to strike out 10+ and give up 5 HR.

  2. beefytrout - May 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Colby looks like he’s grooving along now… just needs the offense to help him out a little.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    It’s nice to hear good things out of the O’s.

  4. salvomania - May 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It was the first time the Orioles had ever pulled off the feat.

    According to a commenter at David Pinto’s “baseball musings” blog, it’s the first time ever in AL history that a team has opened with back-to-back-to-back home runs.

  5. salvomania - May 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    If the O’s hang on to win, they’ll join the Rangers (and the Rays, Dodgers and Cardinals) in a five-way tie for the Major Leagues’ best record….

  6. mybrunoblog - May 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Pretty cool feat. The 4000 people that were there will probably never forget it.

  7. lessick - May 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    As if the Orioles so not have enough oddities this week….

    1. As noted above, J.J. Hardy hit the second homer the last time this happened (in Milwaukee) and also hit the second homer today.

    2. Later in the game, Josh Hamilton hit another two-run homer. He has now hit five home runs in two games–every one of them was a two-run home run and every time Elvis Andrus was the guy on base.

    • rarson - May 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Seriously… don’t let Andrus get on base. Especially if you’re the Orioles.

  8. jlovenotjlo - May 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Is it too early to take the Orioles and their 20-12 record seriously?

  9. teamobijuan - May 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    When you said he led the AL in HRs given up last year, does that mean he gave up the lowest or highest?

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