Fascinating Facts from the Red Sox-Orioles 17 Inn. Game
The Red Sox lost to the Orioles in 17 innings today. On Friday they lost in 13, and on Saturday, just nine. So on top of the fact that the O’s swept the Sox, and Baltimore now has a 1/2 game lead in the AL East, these other odd moments occurred:
* Neither starting pitcher went five full innings. Clay Buchholz (Boston) went 3 2/3 giving up 5 runs. Tommy Hunter of the Orioles went 4 1/3 giving up 5 as well.
* Every member of the Red Sox had at least one strikeout. (Baltimore pitchers struck out 18. Boston struck out 15 O’s.)
* Adrian Gonzalez went 0 for 8 with two strikeouts leaving eight men on base.
* Not to be outdone, Baltimore DH Chris Davis went 0 for 8, with five strikeouts leaving 5 men on base. Oh, and he also grounded into a double play. So 8 at-bats, 9 outs.
* No runs were scored by either team from the 9th through the 16th.
* The Orioles grounded into five double plays in extra innings.
* Chris “Platinum Sombrero” Davis would then pitch the bottom of the 16th. He struck out one and then nearly lost the game but Marlon Byrd was thrown out at the plate by J.J. Hardy. Whew.
* Darnell McDonald, who pinch ran for Big Papi in the 8th and scored the tying run, would be sent in to pitch the 17th inning. McDonald (who is listed in the box score with the never seen position listing of “PH-DH-P”) walked two and then gave up a 3-run homer to Adam Jones.
* In the bottom of the 17th, Davis came back to the mound and put two Sox on. After striking out Adrian Gonzalez, Davis then induced a double play. Who hit into the DP? Darnell McDonald, of course.
So your final results:
WP - Chris Davis, first win in his major league career (Who are we kidding? First pitching appearance in his career.)
LP - Darnell McDonald, first appearance, first loss
Time of Game: 6:07, not a typo
So good. Chris Davis should be getting a congratulatory phone call from Felipe Lopez any minute now.
With their team in peril and their manager losing his authority, three Red Sox pitchers last month were uniquely positioned to prevent the greatest September collapse in major league history. All the Sox needed was Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey to apply the skills and commitment that previously made them World Series champions.
Instead, Boston’s three elite starters went soft, their pitching as anemic as their work ethic. The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.
From behind me, I heard a raspy, older, female voice ask me, ‘You guys gonna win today?’
I turned around. The voice belonged to Amy Madigan, the actress who played Kevin Costner’s wife in Field of Dreams.
‘Yes,’ I told her. ‘We are going to win today. But I don’t know about tomorrow.’
‘Who’s pitching?’ she asked.
‘Lester today. Tomorrow, I don’t know. Might be Kevin Costner.’
She thought this was funny.