By Dan Connolly
Saturday, August 15, 2009
BALTIMORE, Aug. 14 -- On a night when the club's prized rookie right-hander picked up his first career win, it was another young Baltimore Oriole who made history and received a curtain call in a 16-6 thumping of the Los Angeles Angels.
With a triple to center field in the seventh inning, left fielder Félix Pie became the fourth player in team history to hit for a cycle, joining Aubrey Huff, Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson.
It was a career high in hits for Pie, 24, who doubled in the first, homered in the third and singled to lead off the seven-run seventh before his triple.
"I didn't know I hit for the cycle," Pie told the Associated Press. Third base coach "Juan Samuel tells me and I say: 'Wow. Really?' It's exciting, you know."
When the scoreboard flashed news of Pie's cycle, the announced crowd of 25,836 rose to its feet and gave him a standing ovation. After the inning, with the crowd still cheering, the shy Pie stepped out of the dugout and waved to the fans.
Also, rookie pitcher Chris Tillman received an ovation when he left in the seventh inning with the Orioles leading 9-3.
It was the first big league win for the 21-year-old Tillman in his fourth start.
He started out shakily but cruised after the Orioles put up six runs in the first inning.
They had a season high in hits (19) and runs, and a franchise-tying high in doubles (nine) and extra-base hits (12).
It was such a tremendous offensive night that after the Orioles' No. 8 hitter picked up his cycle, the club's ninth batter, César Izturis, went for one as well.
Izturis needed a homer, but grounded out instead. He had to settle for three hits and three RBI.
The Orioles did their early damage against Jered Weaver, who entered the night tied for third in the American League with 12 wins.