Do you remember what happened on Sept. 14, 1987?
Did you happen to catch the Orioles-Blue Jays game at the old Exhibition Stadium?
Toronto hit 10 home runs en route to an 18-3 victory over the Orioles. Ernie Witt mashed three of them and drove in five runs. Rance Mulliniks and George Bell each hit two. Fred McGriff, Rob Ducey and Lloyd Moseby also homered.
The game is significant for another reason. Cal Ripken’s consecutive-innings streak ended when his father inserted Ron Washington at shortstop.
Ken Dixon started the game and allowed five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Eric Bell replaced him and gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings. Mike Griffin, now the pitching coach at Triple-A Norfolk, allowed two runs in two innings.
Mike Kinnunen, and I’ll admit that I don’t remember him at all, allowed six runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. Tony Arnold surrendered three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Jack O’Connor finally restored order, if such a thing exists in an 18-3 game, by getting the last two outs.
Center fielder Mike Hart homered for the Orioles.
Why take my word for it? Here’s the box score if you want to take a trip down memory lane. Try not to trip over anything.