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Orioles allow 259th homer of season, setting dubious major league record — if Thursday's game stands

Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE -- Nobody can say they didn't see this coming.

The Orioles have been on pace for months to shatter the major league record for home runs allowed in a single season, so the third-inning homer that Asher Wojciechowski gave up to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows -- the 259th surrendered by the O's pitching staff -- was largely a formality.

Or was it? The Rays would add to the unhappy homer total when Willy Adames delivered No. 260 in the top of the fifth inning, but the whole game and both homers were thrown into doubt when a severe thunderstorm struck two outs before the game could become official or officially suspended with the score tied at 2.

If the fifth inning had been completed, the stats would count even if the game were not resumed. If the lightning and heavy rain make resumption impossible, the two homers would be wiped out of the record book and the O's would remain tied with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for another day or two.

The Orioles had tied the record about 24 hours earlier Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield hit No. 258 off right-hander Aaron Brooks in the third inning Wednesday night.

Manager Brandon Hyde took that one in stride, and why not. The Orioles won their second game in a row and the nightly meteor shower that has hovered over them this year has long since ceased to surprise anyone. The record has not been in doubt for quite some time and the Orioles still have 34 games left to play.

 

At the rate they are giving up homers, they would end up with a season-ending total of 326.

"We're all tired of seeing them," Hyde said Wednesday night, "and hopefully we can get better going forward."

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