Thursday, September 20, 2012
Adam Jones, 2009 Upper Deck #33
Anyway, before I so rudely interrupted myself, I was going to tell you that Adam Jones hit another game-winning home run last night, this time a two-run shot in the top of the 11th to seal a 3-1 victory over the Mariners and a series sweep. That's a 15-2 mark in extra innings; a full 10% of the team's games played in 2012 have resulted in an extra-innings win. Dr. Jones himself has set a major league record with four home runs in the 11th inning or later. Last night's clout was also his team-leading 30th of the year, making him the sixth Oriole outfielder to reach that mark in a single season. The other five are familiar names: Boog Powell (39 in 1964), Frank Robinson (49 in 1966, 30 in 1967, and 32 in 1969), Ken Singleton (32 in 1979), Brady Anderson (50 in 1996), and Albert Belle (37 in 1999). While other key players like Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold, Mark Reynolds, and (sigh) Brian Roberts have missed significant time with injuries, Adam has also been 100% reliable, as he is currently the only American League player to participate in each and every one of his team's games. I hope he slept in when the Orioles arrived in Boston, because he's earned it.