We’ve had our fair share of good outcomes after playing extra innings lately, even after some really long games. And every time we win in extras, the longer the game is, the more I think about how devastating and crushing it would have been to have lost after all that baseball.
Last night, I found out.
We finally got on the board in the fourth, and in a big way at that. Papi and Carp smacked back-to-back jacks. Papi’s count was 1-1, and he got a fastball and powered it to right center field. Carp’s count was 2-2, and he got a forkball, if you can believe it, and powered it to center field. It was an interesting pitch that was obviously not done correctly. Had it been done correctly, it obviously would have been more difficult to hit it out of the park. Then again, Carp has shown his keen eye at the plate on more than one occasion. Suffice it to say that the Orioles tried to close the deal and failed miserably.
Doubront turned in a decent effort that would have been stellar had it not been for his terrible third. He started it by giving up a solo shot. Then he gave up a double followed by a sac bunt that moved the runner to third. He gave up an RBI single, another single a force out, and another RBI single. Aside from that, he was solid. But he never presided over a lead. The Orioles had scored first, and they augmented their total in the fifth, when Doubront hit a batter who went on to score on a single. One walk later, Doubront’s night was over.
Morales was the first up. He ended the fifth and pitched through the sixth. Miller, who took the mound for the seventh, didn’t preside over a lead either, but he was our first pitcher since the second inning to at least preside over a tie. In the top of the frame, Nava, Salty, and Middlebrooks hit back-to-back-to-back singles. Drew’s sac fly scored one, and Ellsbury’s force out scored another. And then Ellsbury got caught stealing, because apparently he is human after all, and that ended that. Clearly it was not the best-case outcome after a bases-loaded situation. But it did tie the game at four.
Miller held that tie through the eighth. Tazawa held it through the ninth and the first out of the tenth. Breslow held it through the tenth. Wilson held it through the eleventh and twelfth.
But not the thirteenth. With two out, he issued a walk and gave up two consecutive singles, the latter of which scored the winning run. We didn’t score in the top of the inning, and we were in Baltimore, so that was pretty much it. After thirteen innings, we lost, 5-4.