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Saturday, July 5, 2014
Melvin Mora, 2005 Bowman Heritage #165
You win some, you lose some, and the Orioles did both today in splitting a doubleheader with the Red Sox. But there are good feelings in Birdland tonight thanks to the 7-4 win in the nightcap, fueled by Nelson Cruz's 5-for-5 evening with two doubles, a home run, a stolen base, and a pair of RBI. Cruz had an outside shot at the cycle, but was thrown out trying for the triple in the top of the eighth inning. It was Baltimore's first five-hit game since J. J. Hardy pulled it off in 17 innings against Boston in 2012. Keep digging, and the team's last five-hit game in nine innings came from Nick Markakis a year earlier. If you want to get really wonky with it, the last five-hit game by an O's left fielder took place on May 25, 2003, back when Melvin Mora was still roaming the outfield. I'd say that the Birds have gotten a pretty good return on the $8 million they spent on Nelson this year.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.