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Two Out Thaumaturgy

Wally isn’t the most iconic or entertaining mascot, but he is a sight better than the B’more Luchador and The Oriole Bird. That is his actual name, folks. With this farcical pair leading the crowd at Camden Yards I can see why the local nine’s rally fell short. Brian Matusz was likely blinded by the pale luchador’s glow, causing him to walk Pablo Sandoval with two outs in the eighth. Manny Machado fell victim to the same radiance when he whiffed on Allen Craig’s bounding ball. With two men on base Brock Holt lofted the ball over the right field wall to put Boston ahead 7-4. All the runs the Red Sox scored in this game came with two outs. The offensive outburst was welcome after a drought in the Trop where they scored seven runs in three games. With so many games against AL East teams in April it is key to keep up with or outpace divisional rivals. Baltimore is at the bottom of the barrel after winning the pennant last year. Game 17: April 24, 2015 Boston Red Sox10-7 7 BS: Craig Breslow (2)W: Alexi Ogando (1-0)H: Junichi Tazawa (4)S: Koji Uehara (3) HR: David Ortiz (4),...

Lasting Impression

With this loss and the Rays’ victory over the Tigers the Red Sox fell to last place in the AL East. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was impressive over 5⅓ innings: 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, mid to high 90s heat, and a 10 MPH difference between his fastball and his change-up. He looks as if he has yet to get his learner’s permit but he’s 23 years old. Jackie Bradley, Jr.’s mission seemed to be to frustrate Manny Machado. In the seventh inning Bradley caught Caleb Joseph’s can of corn with momentum and fired to home plate. Machado tried to tag up from third base but was out. Your browser does not support iframes. The Red Sox looked like their 2013 selves in the bottom of the seventh. Perhaps they were motivated by Brian Butterfield’s ejection. He was trying to get Hunter Wendelstedt’s attention because Butterfield thought Ryan Webb was not coming to a set position prior to pitching. Instead of hearing Butterfield out the umpire ejected the third base coach. The local nine tied the game with a rare offensive onslaught. Koji Uehara surrendered an unusual walk in the ninth inning with two out, made...

Troubled Double

Even though Manny Machado didn’t need help with adding to his league-leading doubles total Jeff Nelson gave him an assist in the first inning. Machado’s liner didn’t cross over third base and it landed a few inches foul. Nelson was the home plate umpire in Saturday’s game, in which he ruled that Dustin Pedroia foul tipped a ball when the bat and ball didn’t actually make contact. This miscall didn’t result in runs on the board. Shane Victorino’s glove was specially embroidered to celebrate Father’s Day. He spent part of the day watching Chris Davis’s third-inning home run sail over him and wondering if it was ever going to land. This father and son duo boasted matching moss. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Game 71: June 15, 2013 Boston Red Sox42-29 3 L: Jon Lester (6-5) 2B: Mike Carp (10)HR: Will Middlebrooks (9) Baltimore Orioles40-30 6 W: Miguel Gonzalez (5-2)H: Brian Matusz (10), Tommy Hunter (8)S: Jim Johnson (25) 2B: Manny Machado (32), Adam Jones – 2 (21), Nick Markakis – 2 (15), Chris Davis (22)HR: Davis (23)...

A Photoessay of Futility

Ryan Dempster is hilarious. Scotland, where the men are men and the sheep are nervous. The rain delay came at the end of the sixth, pretty much perfectly setting up the bullpen. The ghost of Earl Weaver yelled at the Orioles, “Pitching, defense, and the three-run home run!” Jim Johnson and Manny Machado heard him. Nate McLouth, not so much. Joel Hanrahan blew his first save opportunity at Fenway. Fenway’s sellout streak officially ended. I could put a lot of airquotes around words in that preceding sentence. Game 8: April 10, 2013 Baltimore Orioles4-4 8 W: Darren O’Day (1-0)S: Jim Johnson (3) 2B: J.J. Hardy (3)HR: Nick Markakis (1), Chris Davis (5), Manny Machado (1) Boston Red Sox5-3 5 H: Junichi Tazawa (2), Andrew Bailey (4)BS, L: Joel Hanrahan (1, 0-1) 2B: Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2 (3)3B: Jacoby Ellsbury (2)HR: Daniel Nava (3), Saltalamacchia (1)...


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