The Boston Red Sox almost succeeded in defeating the Baltimore Orioles last night. Saturday, both teams faced off in a day-night doubleheader. The Red Sox fought hard to stay alive but ultimately lost in extra innings Sunday evening . After coming back from down five runs the Boston Red Sox’s rally fell short at Fenway Park, as they were defeated 7-6 by the Orioles.
The loss dropped the team to 10 games under the .500 mark. The Red Sox currently sit in the basement of the AL East, and have lost five of their last six outings . In contrast, the Orioles still hold the top spot in the American League East. At 48-40, the team improved to 7-6 in the season series vs the struggling Red Sox. Shortstop, JJ Hardy had the what turned out to be the game winning RBI single in the top of the 12 inning . His hit brought home David Lough. Lough made matters easy for his team as he tripled to lead off the inning before being driven home.
Jake Peavy pitched well, but again left without a victory. He held the O’s to just one earned run and two total runs in six innings of work. The former ace has registered just one win during the season.
After splitting Saturday’s games, the two rivals played for over five hours Sunday. The taxed “bullpen” of manager Buck Showalter’s squad was worked by the Sox. His bullpen surrendered five runs in the seventh inning. Despite the shaky bullpen and tired arms, Showalter commended his team for not using fatigues as an excuse to fold. “That’s the kind of game, that the good teams win,” said the two-time MLB manager of the year. The teams played 30 innings in the last 30 hours.
David Ortiz, was a bright spot for the Red Sox. The slugger went 4-5 with two RBI. However, he made a crucial base running blunder when he was thrown out at second base. The DH tried to be aggressive by attempting to “stretch a single” into a double in the bottom of the 12. The mental error killed a grand opportunity to cap off a rally but instead, the Red Sox fell just short with the Fenway faithful on hand, in another loss to the Orioles. The 2013 World Series MVP had a milestone of a day. Ortiz notched his 1,078 hit with the Red Sox. He moved into seventh place all time in franchise history. Ortiz also learned that he will not be playing in the All-Star game this season.
The nine-time all-star was quoted as saying that the all-star game selection requires “a lot of choices and there are a lot of guys doing really well.” Red Sox center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr made a leaping grab to in the bottom of the ninth inning and assisted on throwing out a runner at home plate. Bradley also managed two hits.
Edward Mujica picked up the loss for the Red Sox. After going through the 11th inning unscathed. The next inning was not nearly as easy for Mujica. Brad Brach improved to 4-0 and picked up the win for the Orioles. Despite an incredible late game rally at Fenway the Boston Red Sox found themselves in the familiar position of falling short ,after being within an inch of a comeback win versus the Orioles.
Commentary by Brandon Wright