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O’s set MLB June HR record

By: Andrew Johnson

Adam Jones hit 11 home runs in June to lead the Orioles to a new MLB record 56 home runs in the month.

Adam Jones hit 11 home runs in June to lead the Orioles to a new MLB record 56 home runs in the month.

It’s been all about the long ball for the Baltimore Orioles for the past few years and it’s worked. The Orioles are relevant again; they’re made trips to the playoffs and are no longer the laughing stock of the league.

At the end of June, the Orioles are in first place in the AL East with a 47-31, five games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. It was an 18-9 record in the month that put the Orioles well ahead of their competition, but at the same time they have been struggling with their pitching. The reason they have been successful has clearly been their ability to hit home runs and on June 30 against the Seattle Mariners, the Orioles smacked their 56th home run in the month, a new Major League baseball record.

The home run came from an unlikely hitter, Hyun Soo Kim, but that shows the power of the Orioles lineup. It was only Kim’s third home run of the year, but he’s hitting .344 on the season. The Orioles lineup is loaded. Their leadoff hitter Adam Jones led the team with 11 home runs in June. Pedro Alvarez batted eighth and had eight home runs in the month.

Chris David has nine and Mark Trumbo has eight in the middle of the lineup. Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters all have proven they can go yard one any at-bat.

Of course, it’s a long season filled with hot streaks and cold streaks, so anything can happen, but the Orioles won’t need to hit 56 home runs a month to win. They just proved that they have a bevy of guys who can produce at a high level.

This year five Orioles have double-digit home runs. Mark Trumbo leads the league with 23 home runs. He and Chris Davis are both in the top 10 in the league in home runs and Manny Machado is ranked 21st in the league in long balls.

It’s a powerful lineup that has given them a nice cushion at the top of the division approaching the All-Star break.

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