On last night’s loss menu, we served up the gut-wrenching extra-innings blow. Or rather that’s what we were served.
In the first, Cook gave up a run thanks to a walk-steal-groundout-groundout combination. We tied it up that same inning when Pedroia doubled and scored on a single by Lavarnway. Neither team scored in the second or third. The O’s went ahead in the fourth when Cook’s third pitch of the inning was hit for a solo shot. We put ourselves back on top that same inning when Aviles singled to lead off the bottom half and Danny Valencia hit a two-run shot on his second pitch, a curveball. Not an easy pitch to homer on, so it was nice to see the kid have a keen eye. Neither team scored in the fifth. After securing the first out of the sixth on a strikeout, Cook gave up a single and a double and was then replaced by Hill. Hill gave up a bases-clearing triple before securing the inning’s second out, at which point he was replaced by Mortensen. Mortensen gave up a solo shot on his first pitch of the seventh. Fortunately, we mounted a comeback effort in the bottom of the inning. Podsednik doubled, Ciriaco walked, and Pedroia singled to load the bases with nobody out. Unfortunately, we did just about the most pathetic thing you can do with the bases loaded and still score runs. Ross and Lavarnway grounded out back-to-back, which brought in two runs. At that point, we were within one, Breslow had pitched the top of the eighth, and we tied it up at six the bottom of the inning; with two out, Nava doubled and scored on a double by Podsednik.
Tazawa pitched the ninth, and we went down in order. Bailey pitched the tenth, and we had men on first and second with two out but did nothing. Melancon pitched the eleventh, and we went down in order.
And then the twelfth inning arrived. Aceves came in. He gave up a double on his second pitch, a fine indication of things to come. He induced a flyout for the first out of the inning and then gave up another double, which put us down by one. Then he got a strikeout and gave up an RBI single, which put us down by two. Then Carpenter came in and gave up another RBI single, which put us down by three. In the bottom of the twelfth Gomez’s single was the extent of our offensive production.
We lost, 9-6. Of the eleven games we’ve played in extras this year, we’ve won only two. Neither of those have come at home.