The Orioles scored ten or more runs for the fourth time in August in a 12-8 win Sunday afternoon. Three home runs were hit, by Nelson Cruz, Ryan Flaherty, and a grand slam by J.J. Hardy.
Every hitter in the lineup notched a base hit, with Caleb Joseph racking four, including two in the seven run sixth inning, and Nick Markakis recording three, seeming to break out of his slump.
All of Birdland knows how potent this offense can be, but how important is the home run hitting ability throughout the lineup? With one swing of the bat, the Orioles can bring themselves back into a game or break a game wide open, like J.J. did this afternoon with his salami.
In addition to the starting lineup, bench players such as Flaherty, Delmon Young, and David Lough, all contribute to the offense.