Nick Markakis hit his eighth homer of the year in the 6th tonight to break up the 0-0 tie.
He drove a Dan Haren pitch 416 feet to right field. It is good to see Markakis turn on the ball and drive the inside pitch to right. It seems he gets a lot of his doubles gap to gap, but he sure does have the punch to turn and drive the ball over that scoreboard in right field here at Camden Yards.
Some wonder why he doesn't do it more often.
Markakis may come up with a flurry of homers this month. August is statistically his best career month for the long ball. And he has hit a few more in his career after, rather than before the All-Star break.
Last season he hit eight before the All-Star game and 10 after. This year, he had six at the break and now has two in the second half.
He could still hit 15 to 18 before this is all over.