What a hilarious ending to a fabulous road trip for the O’s. After taking two of three in New York from the Yanks, Chris Davis and Co. rallied for a 9-6 win in 17 innings, and a three-game sweep of the Red Sox that saw position players on both teams finish the game on the mound. In one for the ages, the O’s DH, Chris Davis hurled two shutout innings and got the win as he out-dueled Boston’s position player turned pitcher, Darnell McDonald . Davis, who hasn’t pitched since high school, struck out Adrian Gonzalez with a two-seam fastball with two men on and nobody out in the bottom of the 17th, and followed that up by getting McDonald to ground into a game ending double play. Davis actually looked like he knew what he was doing on the mound even though he admitted he didn’t in his post game comments. Hell, he even hit like a pitcher by striking out five times in eight plate appearances. So the guy goes from probably his worst day at the plate as a professional, into the history books as a hero. I have not looked this up, but would venture to say that nobody in major league history has every struck out five times in one game and been credited as the winning pitcher. Davis for Cy Young!
As satisfying as this game ended, it was equally infuriating watching the O’s drop foul ball pop-ups, make late inning errors, and fail to move the leadoff runner over from first in four straight innings. For a team that cannot play small ball, they won the only way they know how; pitching and power, as they belted another four home runs off a beleaguered Sox staff.
So it’s back to Charm City for a four-game set against the Rangers with a very tired bullpen. No rest for the weary in pursuit of greatness. LET’S GO O’S!