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3½ hours Sep 19, 1980Sep 19, 1980
Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles - Radio Broadcast / On Friday, September 19, 1980, the Baltimore Orioles faced the Toronto Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles sent their ace, Jim Palmer, to the mound, while the Blue Jays countered with their own starter, Gary Todd. At this point in the season, the Orioles were in a tight race for the American League East title, while the Blue Jays were struggling to stay out of the division basement. The 1980 season was also notable for the rise of young stars in the league, with players like Rickey Henderson making waves with their performances. The game was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to hold onto a lead for long. The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead, but the Orioles fought back, with a key home run from Al Bumbry in the 3rd inning. The Blue Jays, however, were able to respond with a home run of their own from Dave Hodgson in the 6th inning. The Orioles' bullpen, led by Dennis Martinez, was able to keep the game close, despite the Blue Jays' offense showing signs of life. The game turned into a seesaw battle, with the lead changing hands multiple times. In the late innings, the Orioles' offense came alive, with key hits from Ken Singleton and Doug DeCinces. The Orioles' bullpen was able to hold off a late rally from the Blue Jays, with Tippy Martinez picking up the win in relief. The Orioles' 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays was a key win in their push for the postseason. However, despite this victory, the Orioles would ultimately fall short of the playoffs, finishing second in the American League East. The 1980 season was a memorable one for the Orioles, with Eddie Murray having a standout year and finishing second in the MVP voting. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays continued their struggles, finishing last in the division. Despite their struggles, the Blue Jays had some bright spots, with Lloyd Moseby establishing himself as a future star.