Matt Wieters tried to jog his memory bank going back to Little League to remember if he’d ever hit a walk-off grand slam before.
“I don’t think a grand slam. So, anytime you get a walk-off and get to celebrate with your teammates it’s a good day,” Wieters said after his slam gave the Orioles a 10-6, 10-inning win over Tampa.
It was the Orioles first walk-off slam since May 4, 1999 when Harold Baines hit one against the Chicago White Sox.
Wieters was up at the plate, in a good spot with the bases loaded and no outs.
“Look for something you can hit in the air,” Wieters said of that situation. “Getting something up was premium when you have five in the infield, you have a lot of room in the outfield. Whether they have four or one infielders there then, your job is to get the ball in the outfield to get a sac fly or a ball to fall in.
“It’s a big game. There all big games, but any time after a loss when you can win the next day just to sort of try to get the momentum back on your side, you feel like that’s a big game.”
Wieters, whose 13 homers against Tampa are his most against any club, said it was important to win this series, taking a second game this season when the starter they faced was the Rays’ David Price.
“It’s a good team, no matter who they have out there as the starter. It’s nice to win series and it’s always a goal going in.”
So now he’ll take at least a few minutes to enjoy his second career grand slam and the Orioles first walk-off win since last Sept. 13 in the 14th inning against this same club.
“You can enjoy it because the game is over and you’ve got a win. You can enjoy it for about the time to run around the bases and the interviews in here and now we have to worry about the Dodgers coming in,” Wieters said.