Before we talk about the game, let’s talk about some stuff that happened:
- Nolan Reimold went on the DL. Drat. At least Luis Exposito is going to get to make his major league debut at some point soon.
- The Orioles might be signing Miguel Tejada back. Oh, crap. I’m not sure what this will do unless he’s just coming here to retire. I really don’t think he has much left in the tank, and based on the Twitter reaction, the fanbase generally doesn’t think so, either.
I had to sit here and think about a relevant Top Gear clip to use for tonight’s game, and given that they’re in Massachusetts and people in Beacon Hill (a wealthy area of Boston) and Martha’s Vineyard are really rich and can afford nice cars, I went with this one.
Anyways, this game pretty much spent most of its time tied. The Orioles and the Red Sox stayed pretty level with each other, first keeping things 1-1, then 3-3, and eventually 4-4, which was the score when they took it into extra innings. Although Wei-Yin Chen didn’t record a quality start, he did manage to go five innings, which really isn’t bad considering that we know he’s tough and all that (remember his last start, when he took a shot to the crotch and kept pitching? Yeah).
This game was hell on me because I’m still recovering from a concussion. I was hoping my first real game back on the beat wouldn’t be so demanding, but it inevitably went into extras. In fact, it made it to the 13th. That was when the Orioles broke the tie – Matt Wieters singled, Wilson Betemit walked and Chris Davis squeaked a very lucky ball through the right side of the infield to bring Weets home. That was the first run in what felt like roughly five years. A sac fly put the team up 6-4.
Jim Johnson finally got a chance to pitch in the bottom of the 13th after getting up in the bullpen during various crucial points of the game. He shut the door very, very quickly. It was very nice after everything else was dragged out. At least somebody cares about my brain injury healing.
One more note before I close this post out: Luis Exposito made his Major League debut tonight! Congratulations, kid, you’ve made it! I’m very proud of you! (He looked pretty sharp on defense tonight, by the way.)
And now I will go rest my weary and sore head.