9-6, 17, 6:07

The Red Sox dropped another today, falling to 11-16 on the season.  Not a good start.  Why then, would I want to write about yet another loss?  Look at the title of this entry.  9-6 was the score.  17 is the number of innings played.  6:07 was the time of the game.

The last two figures, the innings and time of game, are why I just love baseball.  It is not up against a clock.  There is no “icing” anybody (although many Sox fans may believe that Bobby Valentine has been “iced” and is over-matched).  There are no drawn out final seconds with useless timeouts and idiotic fouls.  In baseball, the teams keep going until there is a winner.  And a few times a year, there is a game like today’s Red Sox-Orioles game.

The winning pitcher for Baltimore was Chris Davis.  It was his first career win.  Probably because he plays first base and is the DH for them.  Darnell MacDonald took the loss for the Sox.  He is a reserve outfielder.

After Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz put up another dud (he has allowed at least 5 runs in each of his starts this year), the bullpen tossed 13.1 innings, allowing only 3 earned runs (4 total runs).  On the season, Buchholz is sporting an ERA of 9.09.  Stellar.  I saw a tweet from someone during the game that, in order to match his ERA from 2010 (2.33), he now needs to throw 95 consecutive scoreless innings.  Or almost 11 straight shutouts.  Not going to happen.

The Sox fell down 5-0 early, thanks to Buchholz’s stinker, but they rallied back.  They tied the game on a grand slam by rookie prospect Will Middlebrooks (it was only his first career homer).  That was in the 5th inning.  The Orioles took the lead in the 8th, only to have the Sox tie it in the bottom of the inning.

Now for some fascinating statistics from the game:

*JJ Hardy (Baltimore) went 5-8 with 2 homers.  He raised his average to .217.
*In addition to earning the win, Chris Davis went 0-8.  With 5 strikeouts, and he hit into a double play (Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com dubbed his 5 strikeout performance a “platinum sombrero” since 3 is a “hat trick” and 4 is a “golden sombrero.”)
*Losing pitcher Darnell MacDonald entered the game as a pinch-runner for David Ortiz in the 8th inning, scored the tying run, and was 1-4 at the dish.
*The hustling Adrian Gonzalez went 0-8, and left a small village on base (8 men left on base by him.  Wonderful.).
*Cody Ross joined Chris Davis in the “platinum sombrero” club with 5 strikeouts.  He went 1-7.
*There were 9 double plays turned in the game.  6 by Boston, 3 by Baltimore.
*33 batters struck out, with Baltimore pitchers recording 18, Boston 15.

This is the type of game I would have absolutely loved to have been in attendance for.  With my dad.  We would have stayed for the entire game, and the thought of leaving would have never even entered our minds.


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