Found May 07, 2012 on
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Let's forget just for a moment that the Boston Red Sox were swept by the Baltimore Orioles at HOME over the weekend just for a few moments. Why's that?
It's because how many times can you go to a MLB game and see two position players battling it out on the mound for their respective teams.
Well that's exactly what happened yesterday afternoon/evening at Fenway Park because both managers ran out of pitchers in the 17 inning affair, the second extra innings game of the series. They were put in this predicament because of the lackluster starting pitching by both Clay Buchholz and Tommy Hunter.
For Buchholz, it was just another day of struggling out there on the mound. The fact that he is 3-1 is quite deceiving and shows just how unimportant wins and losses are. After allowing five runs in just 3 2/3 innings yesterday, his ERA now stands at 9.09. And after that performance, he may find himself out of the rotation until he can figure things out.
Both bullpens were...
BEST OF MAXIM
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"Clay's performance was not what he wanted it to be, for sure," Valentine said. "Not what I wanted it to be. Left a lot of pitches in a real hittable zone. Gave up a lot of hard-hit balls...
You wouldn't know it based on the way he pitched Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles -- or for that matter, the way he has thrown the ball all season long -- but Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz used to be one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball.
He made an unforgettable splash when he came onto the scene as a 22-year-old rookie in 2007, tossing...
It took six hours and seven minutes to complete but the Baltimore Orioles finally defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-6 in 17 innings at Fenway Park this afternoon to earn a series sweep. Eighteen pitchers took the mound throwing a combined 570 pitches. Two of the men who toed the rubber aren’t pitchers [...]
Chris Davis had a lot of firsts on Sunday. Being mentioned in the same sentence as Cy Young had to be at the top of the list. Davis, who started the game as the designated hitter for the Orioles, ended up accomplishing something that no other player has done in more than a century. After going 0-for-8 at the plate during Baltimore's 17-inning 8-5 win in Boston on Sunday, Davis...
The Orioles bullpen has been a strength throughout 2012. Chris Davis wasn't supposed to be a factor. The Orioles first baseman picked up the win Sunday, striking out two on 23 pitches in
two innings of relief in the 9-6, 17-inning win. Davis featured a split-finger fastball, which he used to strike out both Adrian
Gonzalez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Davis, who said...
Chris Davis Bringing High Heat
Seriously, cast aside all pretenses and facades. If the commissioner wants more interesting baseball near the end of the season, then he should be just as interested in compelling baseball at the beginning of the season. Since Uncle Bud does not appear interested in returning my calls, I am left with no recourse but to write about my ideas...
BOSTON - That wasn't first baseman/DH Chris Davis who had ice packs on his right shoulder and elbow after Sunday's game. It was winning pitcher Chris Davis who had the ice on. Davis, who had a miserable day at the plate that almost got him into the record books for strikeouts, outpitched Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald to pick up the first win by an American League...
First baseman Chris Davis struck out five times, grounded into a double play and then tossed two scoreless innings of relief after Baltimore ran out of pitchers, picking up the win as the Orioles beat Boston 9-6 Sunday in 17 innings.
Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the top of the 17th off Darnell McDonald, an outfielder the Red Sox put on the mound once their bullpen was empty...
And, yeah, that's the first time that two position players have squared off against each other since (believe it or not) Ty Cobb and George Sisler went toe-to-toe out of position on the last day of the 1925 season.The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox ran out of pitchers- enter Davis who had gone 0-for-8 at the plate with five strike outs by the time the game was over. Davis...
Team StatsRuns:Best - 163 - Atlanta BravesWorst - 78 - Pittsburgh PiratesHomeruns:Best - 44 - New York YankeesWorst - 12 - San Diego PadresBatting Average:Best - .291 - Texas RangersWorst - .213 - Oakland AthleticsOPS:Best - .819 - St. Louis CardinalsWorst - .619 - Oakland AthleticsERA:Best - 2.59 - Washington NationalsWorst - 5.70 - Minnesota TwinsWins:Best - 19 - Baltimore Orioles...
The biggest surprise team of the 2012 MLB season thus far has been the Baltimore Orioles at 19-9. They're getting timely hitting and decent starting pitching, but it's the bullpen that has been the big story. Their relief pitchers are so effective that a position player, Chris Davis, was forced to the mound today and worked 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win...
The Orioles had the highlight of the weekend. No, not Chris Davis pitching, but this:
[Not sure where this originated, but I discovered it via Ryan Hudson]
The Orioles should be feeling really good. Prior to the season the usual trio of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays were considered the contenders for the American League East, with the Blue Jays perhaps as the upcoming outsider...
Last night, Daniel Bard was called for two balks in the same inning.How rare is this? Only one other Sox pitcher, Clay Buchholz, has one this year.The entire Yankee staff has one balk (Sabathia).The entire Tampa Bay team has one (Shields).Baltimore has none, and Toronto has none, as of last night. (All figures from Baseball Reference.)A while back, MLB made some sort of announcement...