Orioles clinch division title, probably cause Maryland-wide shortage of champagne, pie
The last time the Orioles won the division title, you were probably talking about it on your cordless phone and waiting for the pictures to load on your dial-up internet connection. Though the O's managed a Wild Card berth in 2012, the last time they won the AL East was in 1997.
Baltimore went into Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays the clear division leader, but the strength of Toronto's starter could have forced them to stretch out the race. Right-hander Drew Hutchison had never lost a game against the Orioles -- going 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA.
But first basemam Steve Pearce saw Hutchison and said, not today. In the first inning, he smacked a three-run shot to center field, giving his team a lead that they would maintain for the rest of the game:
Jimmy Paredes' solo shot extended the lead in the second, and in the seventh, Alejandro de Aza cleared the bases with a triple. O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez held the Jays to two runs, and retired the final ten batters he faced:
Righty Tommy Hunter threw the final inning, and hero of the night Steve Pearce recorded the last out:
Few know this, but Baltimore victories cause the skies over Maryland to precipitate champagne:
So. Much. Champagne:
And Adam Jones, who has spent the season with a bat in one hand and a pie in the other, made sure that Nick Markakis had some baked goods to soak up the bubbly:
But the pastries were not for players alone:
And even Jones himself got a share:
Watch the whole celebration below (now that your high-speed internet connection can finally handle it):