The Orioles suddenly have an offense that is clubbing the ball, a pitching staff that is consistently limiting the opposition and a fan base that is packing the stadium, hooting and hollering throughout the game.

After a 10-3 drilling of the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, these first-place Orioles are partying like it's 1979. Or at least their fans are.

“Nothing is given. Every day is another challenge,” Orioles manager and self-imposed reality-checker Buck Showalter said. “I know it's cliched about day-to-day; it's pitch-to-pitch. It's, ‘What challenge is going to be around the corner?'”

The Orioles had another stout challenge Saturday, they answered it resoundingly. Before a national TV audience and a rowdy, announced Camden Yards crowd of 40,894 — many wearing giveaway cowboy hats in honor of late superfan William “Wild Bill” Hagy — the Orioles again pounded the temporarily hapless Cardinals, capturing the series' first two games by a combined score of 22-5.

The tone for the Orioles' latest victory, their 15th in 22 games since the All-Star break, was paced by a 28-year-old rookie catcher who wasn't on the 40-man roster this winter and could have been grabbed by any team.

Caleb Joseph considered giving up baseball before he was offered an invitation to spring training this year. On Saturday, after a second-inning clout just over the left-field wall, he had homered in his fifth straight game, setting the franchise record for a catcher. As he touched home plate, Joseph clapped his hands. He fist-pumped the air and screamed as he headed into the dugout.