Today in Orioles History: O’s Beat Red Sox on a Balk

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Surely it wasn’t as much fun as a Chris Davis three-run homer into the center field batting eye, but on this day in Orioles history – April 12, 1966 – the O’s beat the Red Sox 5-4 on a bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning of the home opener at Fenway Park.

Boston pitcher Jim Lonborg’s two-out balk with Luis Aparicio at the plate scored Bob Johnson from third base to provide the difference in the game. Johnson entered the contest in the eighth inning as a pinch runner for O’s first baseman Boog Powell. Aparicio, who finished 0-for-7 on the day, subsequently grounded out to end the inning.

The Orioles tied the game in the top of the ninth inning on a Brooks Robinson RBI single that scored pinch runner Russ Snyder. Woodie Held was thrown out at the plate on the same play for the final out of the ninth inning.

Had the Orioles been playing at home, they would’ve won on a … balk off.



About Matthew Taylor

Roar from 34, a Baltimore Orioles Blog. Humor. History. Homerism. Since 2006.
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