Baltimore's homer-catching fan does it again
Student Anderson snags home runs from Davis, Wieters
BALTIMORE -- This time, he didn't have to worry about throwing either home run ball back.
Lifelong Orioles fan Tim Anderson, who made national and local headlines when he caught home runs in three consecutive contests at Camden Yards earlier this season, was at it again Wednesday night. A Calvert Hall senior, Anderson snagged home run balls by Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in Baltimore's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay.
With the Orioles down by one in the fourth inning, Davis sent Rays starter Wade Davis' 0-2 offering over the left-center-field fence for a pivotal three-run homer. Meanwhile, Wieters set a new career high by going deep for the third consecutive game when he connected on Tampa Bay rookie Matt Moore's first pitch in the eighth. Wieters' ball sailed an estimated 382 feet and landed close enough to Davis' blast for Anderson to come away with another multi-catch night.
Over a four-day span Aug. 8-11, during which Baltimore hosted the White Sox, Anderson ended up with J.J. Hardy's 20th homer in the seventh inning of the first game. He nabbed Carlos Quentin's homer in the second inning of the series' second game, and he corralled Alexei Ramirez's home run in the finale.
With an announced crowd of 14,669 Wednesday at Camden Yards, it makes it easier to chase down foul balls along the outskirts of the sections. But as Anderson said last month, he wouldn't mind having a little more congestion.
"I would like it a lot more if [the Orioles] won," he said. "I'd trade a win for catching a home run ball any game. Like I said, if we start winning, the crowds are going to come, which will cut down on my chances. But I'm OK with that."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.