Orioles vs. Blue Jays: Matt Wieters throws out three Toronto runners in Baltimore’s win


Kevin Gregg, right, and catcher Matt Wieters shake hands after the Orioles’ win. (Greg Fiume/GETTY IMAGES)
August 25, 2012

A night after designated hitter Chris Davis became the 19th Baltimore Oriole in franchise history to hit three homers in a game, catcher Matt Wieters accomplished something a lot less explosive but even more rare on Saturday.

In the Orioles’ 8-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, which guaranteed them another series victory, Wieters turned in an impressive defensive hat trick: He threw out three Blue Jays trying to steal.

It has happened just 14 times in Orioles history — with the last one coming on August 10, 1988 when Mickey Tettleton caught three Kansas City Royals. Current MASN broadcaster Rick Dempsey holds the franchise record for caught stealing in one game in 1977 with four.

It was just another night at Camden Yards, where a bit of club history is seemingly made every night. And this year, it’s of the positive variety.

With the victory, the Orioles (69-57) have matched their win total from all of last season with more than a month to play.

They’ve also moved just four games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East and a half-game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for second place.

The Orioles are tied with the Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot, just behind the Rays.

— Baltimore Sun

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