In case missed the game from 1:35 p.m. to 7:42 p.m. Sunday, let me tell you that you missed history. If you did watch, thank you for viewing one of the most exciting Orioles games that I have ever witnessed.
Keeping my attention most of Sunday, the game featured a five-run catch-up by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth and fifth innings and terrible outings by the Orioles starter and designated hitter, who looked a like National League pitcher trying to hit. Certainly one of the most bizarre games that I have ever seen, the box score and stats alone jumped off my screen.
The Orioles beat the Red Sox 9-6 in 17 innings. Boston had 16 hits and three errors; the Orioles had 15 hits and two errors. Each team utilized nine pitchers. Throughout this game, five home runs were hit. There were 32 strikeouts recorded, 569 pitches thrown and 38 players total made an appearance over six-plus hours. And, one ball was saved after the 17th inning for star of the game, Chris Davis.
In case you missed it, two position players pitched relief outings against each other for the first time since 1925 when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and George Sisler did so. Davis ended the day with a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA. Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald left with the loss and a 27.00 ERA.
Davis made jaws drop. The first American League position player to record a win since Rocky Colavito of the Yankees in 1968, Davis pitched two innings, recording two strikeouts.
In case you missed the irony, Davis began the game as the designated hitter and really looked like a pitcher - at least at the plate. He went 0-8 with five strikeouts. Regardless of his off-day with the bat, what he will be remembered for on May 6, 2012 was his clutch pitching.
After the game, Davis said with somewhat of a laugh, "I had no idea what I was doing out there."
Maybe not, but he played the part perfectly.
Now, much in part to Davis, the Orioles can boast of many accomplishments in 2012. Baltimore has won seven series. The Orioles swept Boston. They have won their last five games. But above all, their most important number is the record that makes them the best in Major League Baseball: 19-9.
In case you missed it, let me repeat it: The Orioles have the best record in the majors. And it feels so good.
Olivia Witherite blogs about the Orioles at Birds Watcher, and her opinions appear here as part of MASN's season-long initiative of welcoming guest bloggers to our pages. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by MASNsports.com but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.