Jones hit his 30th home run, a line drive to left field off White Sox starter Jose Quintana. It also produced his 100th RBI, a career high for the Orioles’ center fielder.
Jones and Chris Davis are the first pair of Orioles to drive in 100 runs in the same season since Aubrey Huff (108) and Melvin Mora (104) in 2008.
This is the 10th time in club history that the Orioles have two or more players with 100-plus RBIs in the
same season. It also happened in 1966, 1969, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2008.
Jones got his 100th RBI two nights before the 141st game, making it the third-fewest games needed by a pair of Orioles to reach that milestone in the same year behind Frank Robinson and Boog Powell (134 games in 1966) and Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla (138 games in 1996). Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, Jr. did it in 142 games in 1985.
Jones has played in 304 consecutive games dating back to Sept, 26, 2011, the seventh-longest streak in club history. The second through seventh longest stretches combined (2,576) don’t equal Ripken’s
record of 2,632.
On this date in 1995, Ripken tied Lou Gehrig’s consecutive-games record.
Miguel Gonzalez has retired the first six White Sox batters on two strikeouts and four ground balls.
Matt Wieters led off the second inning with a double to right-center field.
With his start behind the plate last night, Wieters became the sixth player in American League history with three straight seasons of 20-plus home runs and 120-plus games caught. He joins Mike Figga...
OK, I’m kidding. Here’s the actual list:
Yogi Berra (eight from 1950-1957), Jorge Posada (five from 2000-2004), Lance Parrish (four from 1982-1985),
Bill Dickey (three from 1937-1939) and Ivan Rodriguez (three from 1997-1999).
Not bad company.
Update: The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the third and settled for one run on Alejandro De Aza’s double play grounder to short. We’re tied 1-1.
Here’s a nugget from ESPN Stats & Info: The Orioles have two players with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in the same season for the first time since 1996 (Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro).