The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays combined for eight home runs in the 61st Hall of Fame Game, with the Orioles winning the game 13-7 on May 21, 2007.
Miguel Tejada had a hit and a run scored in the game for Baltimore, but it was Class A player Brian Bock who shined for the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored en route to Most Valuable Player honors.
Baltimore struck early with a three-run first inning that was highlighted by Aubrey Huff’s three-run shot to right field off of Blue Jays starter Tomo Ohka.
In the fourth inning, the Orioles picked up two more runs on Jonathan Tucker’s RBI ground out and Jake Duncan’s run-scoring single to take a 5-0 lead.
A three-run home run from Toronto’s designated hitter John-Ford Griffin cut the Orioles’ lead to two runs, but Bock responded with his first of two home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, a solo shot that extended Baltimore’s lead to 6-3.
Álex Ríos of the Toronto Blue Jays swings away in the pregame Home Run Derby at the 2007 Hall of Fame Game. (Milo Stewart Jr./ National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)
Howie Clark’s two-run homer made the score 6-5, but Bock once again lifted Baltimore, hitting a grand slam in the seventh. In the same inning, teammate Blake Davis blasted a two-run shot to add insurance runs and give the Orioles a seven-run lead.
Balbino Fuenmayor hit a two-run shot for Toronto in the top of the eighth, and Pete Maestrales homered for the Orioles in the bottom of the frame. Baltimore reliever Bob McCrory shut down the Blue Jays in the ninth to seal the Orioles' victory.
Brandon Erbe earned the win, pitching four innings of scoreless, four-hit ball after relieving starter Scott Williamson in the second inning. Erbe and Jason Berken combined for 12 of the 13 Baltimore strikeouts.
When rain canceled the final scheduled Hall of Fame Game in 2008, the 2007 matchup entered the history books as the final Hall of Fame Game ever played.
Frank Thomas of the Blue Jays chats with future Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson at the Hall of Fame Game on May 21, 2007. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)