Two walk-off wins, a couple of grand slams and consecutive stellar starts by the Orioles’ rookie starting pitcher … and the flag is nearly theirs. Baltimore wins six of eight and boosts its lead in the American League East to 7½ games.
It’s a storybook week for catcher John Stefero. Just recalled from the minors, the Mount Saint Joseph graduate drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single to defeat Milwaukee, 10-9, before an announced 35,804 at Memorial Stadium. The next night, Stefero does it again, with a two-out RBI single in the 11th inning to beat the Brewers, 8-7. It’s the Orioles’ 23rd win in 27 games.
“I’m pumped up,” Stefero says. “It’s kind of a one-in-a-million chance to do this.”
Eddie Murray and John Lowenstein hit grand slams, the latter in a 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Detroit. It’s the second grand slam in 11 days for “Brother Lo” and the Orioles’ sixth such blast in three weeks.
“We get the feeling we’re not supposed to lose,” Lowenstein says.
Meanwhile, rookie right-hander Mike Boddicker pitches two gems, defeating Milwaukee, 8-1, for his 14th victory, and Detroit, 6-0, for a league-leading fifth shutout. Fans are hyped; home attendance tops 1.8 million, a club record.