Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rafael Palmeiro, 2004 Topps Hit Parade #HP21

The Orioles have had a rich, six-plus decade tradition of great power hitters. But from Jim Gentile to Boog Powell, Frank Robinson to Eddie Murray, and Rafael Palmeiro to Chris Davis, nobody had ever done what Mark Trumbo did last night, in just his tenth game in an O's uniform. In the seventh inning, he was the driving force behind an immense nine-run outburst that turned a 5-1 deficit into a 10-5 lead just like that. He blasted a two-run homer after Davis walked to lead off the inning, and then came up again with two outs and two men on and crushed a three-run shot. No other Oriole hitter had ever homered twice in the same inning, and in franchise history, it hadn't been done since Ken Williams went deep twice in an inning for the 1922 St. Louis Browns. Trumbo and Davis are now tied for the American League lead with five home runs, two weeks into the season. As a team, the Birds are leading the pack with 24 dingers. So far the Baltimore offense has been as advertised.

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