Found May 06, 2012 on Ted's Army:
(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) To sum this one up, Darnell McDonald was the losing pitcher. Both teams exhausted their bullpens and the Orioles' first baseman, Chris Davis came up with the winning pitcher in the 9-6 Orioles 17 inning victory to complete the sweep. After 6+ hours of baseball, the Sox are tired and will have no rest for the next 2 weeks. The Red Sox looked doomed after falling 5-0 in the 4th, but came back with 1 in the bottom of the 4th. Mike Aviles doubled to center and way brought home by way of a Ryan Sweeney single. Will Middlebrooks gave the fans a taste of what we have been seeing in Pawtucket. Middlebrooks hit one of those 4-run home runs that is called nothing else in the bottom of the 5th to tie things up at 5. The Orioles scored 1 in the 8th and was quickly answered by 1 in the bottom of the 8th when Salty drove in McDonald (who pinch ran for Ortiz) by way of a sac fly. It stayed that way until the 17th when Adam Jones hit a 3-run homer off of Darnell McDonald. The Sox had a chance against Orioles first baseman, Chris Davis, but could not capitalize.  Aside from Middlebrooks, there were very few positives to take away from this game. Let's take a look at some of them before we look at the negatives.
  • The bullpen looked pretty good in this one. Miller, Albers, Padilla, Aceves, Morales, Hill, and Atchison, combined for 12 1/3 innings giving up 6 hits and 1 run. I'll take that any day.
  • Ryan Sweeney went 4-for-8, bringing his average up to .368.
  • Middlebrooks only went 2-for-7, but did have the huge grand slam in the 5th.
The negatives
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-7 with 2 K's, One of those K's was against Chris Davis. Awful.
  • Clay Buchholz only went 3 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs (all earned), 4 walks, 3 homers, but did strike out 4. His ERA is now 9.09.
  • The team committed 3 errors, 2 by Salty, 1 by Middlebrooks.
I'll stop picking through the negatives, I can't take much more. The Red Sox are now 7.5 games behind Baltimore (could be worse), and will hopefully redeem themselves against the Royals. Box Score

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