Three Years Ago Today
It was John Gibbon’s day. We beat the Astros 3-1. We only had 3 hits, but 2 were homers, Randal Grichuk had a 2-run home run, and Reese McGuire had a solo shot.
Gibbons used seven pitchers (everyone cheered every time he came out of the dugout, so why not milk it). Sean Reid-Foley started, he was only to go two innings, but he had a no-hitter going, so Gibby left him in until he gave up a hit. Ken Giles got the save. Between then, we saw Joe Biagini (who got the win), Jake Petricka, Tim Mayza (the only pitcher still with the team), Ryan Tepera, and Tyler Clippard.
On the offensive side, Billy McKinney hit leadoff. Grichuk was in the clean-up spot. Other names in the lineup include Kevin Pillar, Justin Smoak, Rowdy Tellez, Aledmys Diaz, Richard Urena, and Jon Berti.
Unsurprisingly, that batter order only managed 3 hits.
The whole game was a love-in for a guy who many had wanted fired for most of his time here.
I’m sure you remember this moment:
Seven Years Ago
Dalton Pompey hit two triples in a game. A Baseball Reference search shows that it has been done 13 times in team history. Dalton was the last to do it. Others were Alex Rios, Orlando Hudson, Shannon Stewart, Devon White (twice), Tony Fernandez, Dave Collins, Lloyd Moseby, Garth Iorg, Barry Bonnell, and Alfredo Griffin (twice).
Dalton also had a double in a game we won 4-2 over the Orioles. He had 2 RBI and 2 runs.
Drew Hutchison started the game, going 5 innings, and Marcus Stroman, who was just back a five-game suspension for throwing at then Orioles catcher, future Blue Jays cheerleader Caleb Joseph, got a four-inning save.