Relive a Camden Yards slugfest
Orioles, Angels banged out record-tying 11 homers in July '94
Throughout Mike Mussina's distinguished career, in which he won 270 games and posted a 3.68 ERA through 18 Major League seasons, he didn't have many worse pitching performances than the one on July 1, 1994.
But on that particular Friday, Mussina merely fell victim to the bats being in full-force -- for both sides. And although Moose gave up five home runs in five innings against the California Angels, his Orioles came out victorious, 14-7, in Baltimore.
The reason: Both teams combined for a Major League-record-tying 11 home runs, with the Orioles supplying six.
Two teams had combined to hit 11 homers seven previous times. And at that time, the Orioles had hit at least one home run in a club-record 17 straight games.
Every day, MLB.com Live will air a classic game on Baseball's Best. The Orioles' and Angels' monstrous offensive output in '94 can be seen Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.
A little more than a month after this game, Major League Baseball went through the dreaded 1994 players' strike, which eventually canceled the World Series.
But baseball was more exciting than ever on this day.
The slugfest started in the top of the first, when Tim Salmon hit a solo homer to give the Angels an early 1-0 lead. Then, in the top of the second -- after Leo Gomez tied the game with an RBI single -- Chad Curtis went yard for California to make it a 2-1 game.
The Orioles would come back in the bottom half of the second, when they picked up four runs off Angels starter Joe Magrane on an RBI groundout, an error and, of course, a two-run homer -- this one off the bat of Rafael Palmeiro. The inning gave O's a 5-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
But that doesn't mean they were finished. In fact, neither team was.
The O's got two home runs from Gomez and Jeffrey Hammonds in the third. The Angels then answered with a solo homer by Chili Davis in the fourth and two more long balls in the fifth by Salmon and Jim Edmonds.
The Orioles answered back with a Cal Ripken homer in the sixth and dingers from Chris Hoiles and Hammonds in the seventh -- stretching their lead to 13-7.
Eleven homers, 21 runs, 25 hits and three errors later, the Orioles had themselves a much-deserved win, and the 47,342 fans at Camden Yards had just witnessed one of the most exciting games of the season.
The phrase, "Chicks dig the long ball," -- made famous by Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in a late-1990's commercial -- was never more true than in this game.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.