The Orioles' quest to erase the ignominy of striking out 52 times against the Houston Astros in a three-game series in May appears to know no limits. A night after smacking six home runs, the Orioles hit four in the first inning at Camden Yards on Friday before even recording their first out.
Center fielder Adam Jones matched his leadoff counterpart, Astros right fielder George Springer, by homering to left field to open the bottom of the first.
After a single by Hyun Soo Kim, third baseman Manny Machado snuck one over the 410-foot sign in center field to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead on his 28th home run of the season. One pitch later, first baseman Chris Davis swatted his 28th of the year, his third in as many at-bats dating to Thursday, and fourth in three games to extend that lead.
Major league home run leader Mark Trumbo got in on the fun with his 36th to make it 5-1. Each of Trumbo's past five hits have been home runs.
Wade Miley proceeded to give it all back and then some, but that only adds to the mystique of the night. Ubaldo Jimenez is now pitching for the Orioles.
-- First, the Statcast data: Jones' home run was 107 mph off the bat, and went 369 feet. Machado's had an exit velocity of 104 mph, and went 416 feet. Davis' was 446 feet and would have been his third Eutaw Street home run in as many days if it hadn't bounced off the top of Boog's BBQ, and left the bat at 110 mph. Trumbo's traveled 401 feet, with an exit velocity of 102 mph.
For Davis, three of his four longest home runs of the season have come in the past two days.
-- Per STATS LLC, the Orioles are the first team in major league history to hit four home runs before recording their first out. That data goes back to 1900, STATS said.
-- The four Orioles in question — Jones, Machado, Davis and Trumbo — have 116 home runs between them. Five major league teams have fewer than that accounted for on their entire roster.
-- It was the first time the Orioles hit back-to-back-to-back home runs since Aug. 25, 2014, when Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Davis did.
-- Before this year, the Orioles had hit four home runs in an inning just twice, with the most recent being Sept. 5, 1995 against the Los Angeles Angels. They also did it April 15 at Texas, when Trumbo homered twice in the seventh inning, and Nolan Reimold and Jonathan Schoop also homered. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Orioles are the only team with two innings with four home runs this season.