Jays hang ten

No two baseball games are ever the same. Perhaps it’s the unpredictable nature of the game that makes it so appealing to so many worldwide. One thing is for sure — those who were in attendance at Exhibition Stadium on September 14, 1987, could never have predicted what would occur during that regular season contest between the Blue Jays and Orioles.

Toronto welcomed Baltimore in Game 1 of a three-game set by clubbing a major-Ducey league record 10 home runs during an 18-3 shellacking in front of 27,446. Before the night was over, six different Blue Jay hitters had gone yard, including Ernie Whitt who became the first Jay since Otto Velez to hit three in one game. Rance Mulliniks and George Bell — who was named AL MVP at the conclusion of that ’87 season — each went deep twice, while Toronto also received home runs from Lloyd Moseby, Fred McGriff and Rob Ducey. For Ducey, it was his first as a major-leaguer.

Leading 14-2 in the seventh, Whitt found himself with a 3-and-1 count and two runners on. The resulting homer capped a seven-run seventh inning, and put the Blue Jays in the record books — a mark that still stands today.

In what is becoming a disturbing trend, the Blue Jays blow another late-inning lead, this time falling 5-4 to the Orioles at Camden Yards … A.J. Burnett — like Roy Halladay one day before him — pitches well enough to get a win, but the bullpen fails to get the job done once again … Having lost three straight, the Blue Jays will send Josh Towers to the hill to face his former club tomorrow, while Canadian Adam Loewen will counter for the Orioles …

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