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All good streaks must come to an end. Like other great 2013 streaks like the Miami Heat’s 27 game winning streak, and the Chicago Blackhawks’ 24 game non-losing streak, now the Baltimore Orioles regular season winning streak in extra inning games ends at 17 games. Given that extra innings is sudden death, you can’t pad this one with easy wins. Each one was back and forth and the Orioles came out on top. And it ended with a whimper on a bases loaded walk by arguably their best pitcher, closer Jim Johnson.
The streak went longer than a calendar year, their last extra inning loss (ironically for the second day in a row at the time) was to the New York Yankees on April 11, 2012. Interesting to note in that Yankees lineup, only two players are active this year at the moment (Cano and Gardner). Also to put it in perspective, we were just getting through the Presidential primaries at the time.
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina, manager Buck Showalter noted before the game that he didn’t think the team was paying too close attention to the streak:
“I don’t think they had a thing up there where they were X’ing out [and saying] ‘There’s one more, our guys, they don’t get too bogged down.”
The ballclub apparently fell 4 games short of the MLB record held by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1959-60. And it’s worth noting the “regular season” part, as they fell to the New York Yankees twice in extra innings last postseason (October 10-11). Interesting how those lined up six months exactly from their April 10-11, 2012 regular season extra inning losses to the Yankees.
Good factoid that the number of extra innings played by the Orioles without a loss was 56 innings, matching the count for Joe Dimaggio’s for a hitting streak.
If I were a betting man, I would wager that the Orioles will probably lose their next extra inning game, usually works out as such.
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