17 innings. 8 Oriole pitchers. Plus Chris Davis.
I came home around 7pm, expecting the final game of the O’s-Sox series to be long over. It was still the top of the 17th though, which means I was lucky enough to be able to revel in some of the insanity. Some assorted (mostly real-time) thoughts:
- So Tommy Hunter sucked (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K) and the pen has been awesome (ended up with 12.2 IP, 1 run allowed)?
- Chris Davis! Struck out a batter! Kevin Gregg K’ed 4! I’m really sorry I missed most of this one – looks like it was insane.
- Wait, is that Darnell McDonald on the mound? Position players are pitching for both teams?
- Nick Markakis has now walked 4 times! And he’s 0-4!
- So Davis has actually hit like a pitcher in this game too (0-8, 5 K)? Amazing. First time since Rube Waddell in 1905 that a player has gone 0-8 and gotten a win (against Cy Young and… the Boston Red Sox).
- If Chris Davis hangs on, he’ll have more wins this year than Josh Johnson, Edinson Volquez, Ervin Santana, and Ryan Dempster (who has the lowest ERA in the Majors).
- Chris Davis strikes out Adrian Gonzalez. Legit good pitch there too; diving splitter on the outside corner.
- Chris Davis: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 double play, and the W. Just… wow.
- Davis actually looked solid on the mound too. Hit 90, and that sinker + splitter/change-up combo could be decent if he worked on his control.
- Chris Davis now has a better strike-out to walk ratio than Jon Lester, Jeremy Hellickson, John Danks, Ricky Romero, Yu Darvish, & Tim Lincecum.
- Davis actually outpitched Tommy Hunter, who started the game and came over with him from Texas in the Koji trade.
- Wieters catching 17 innings is nothing to sneeze at too.
- That’s just rubbing salt in the wound of the O’s sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway.
- No off day for a while sucks for the team now, but that was so damn awesome it doesn’t matter.
Beyond that, JJ Hardy homered twice, Mark Reynolds went 2-3 and matched Markakis’ 4 walk, and Adam Jones hit the game-winning three-run homer. Just an incredible game.
Nice recap of the game here. Scouting report on Davis the pitcher here. The clips of Davis getting a couple whiffs are the best. I expect him to get a huge round of applause today at Camden Yards. Deservedly so.