I like Jim Thome a lot, and in the abstract I am happy to have had the chance to see him hit a 450 foot home run, but in practice I’d prefer it not to have been against the Orioles with the bases loaded.
In keeping with the general tenor of the season, this was a game where the Orioles played badly but in which there was much to like. Adam Jones hit a home run that was both timely and authoritative (albeit less so than Thome’s, in both respects.) Brian Roberts set down the finest bunt single I’ve seen in person. Maybe best of all was Kam Mickolio, who pitched an inning and two thirds of scoreless relief, making some good hitters look bad and getting out of a jam when he needed to. Big storky guy who kind of flails the ball over to the plate, but somehow it snaps right in smartly. He has a future on this team.