Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis celebrates with catcher Matt Wieters after defeating the Boston Red Sox 9-6 in 17th innings at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
So yesterday was a pretty insane day of baseball, eh?
- Baltimore Orioles infielder/DH Chris Davis had a day to remember, and a day to forget, yesterday against the Red Sox. He went 0-8 with five strikeouts, but he also pitched two scoreless innings, struck out Adrian Gonzalez, and picked up a win. The O's/Red Sox tilt went 17 innings, and, by the end, each team was using a position player to pitch. Davis got the better of Darnell McDonald, who gave up a game-winning homer to Adam Jones. CBS's Danny Knobler has the rundown on some of the more amazing facts from the game, including the total number of pitches thrown (569) and the fact that, in the last 50 years, there hasn't been a game where both the winning and losing pitchers were position players. Knobler also reminds us that the win gave the Orioles a sweep of the Red Sox, and five straight wins over the Yankees and Red Sox, all on the road.
- Albert Pujols finally hit a home run for the Angels, so we can stop obsessing about every at bat he takes (he made sure to stare it down). He's still got an atrocious line on the season, and he was actually booed in Anaheim on Friday night. The Angels, as a whole, remain an extreme disappointment. Here's a fun fact: Ervin Santana has started six games for the Angels this year, and he's getting just three runs of support ... not per game, total. And those were all in his first start. That's right: the Angels have been shut out in five straight Ervin Santana starts.
- Cole Hamels admits that, when he hit Bryce Harper in the first inning of the Nationals/Phillies game last night, he was trying to do it. "I was trying to hit him. I'm not going to deny it," Hamels said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's something I grew up watching. That's what happened. I'm just trying to continue the old baseball. Some people get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie, the strike zone was really, really small and you didn't say anything. That's the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players. It's that old-school prestigious way of baseball." Um, ok. I guess Hamels didn't feel like pitching over the next six or so games.
- Harper returned the favor by eventually reaching third, and then stealing home on a throw to first. No word on whether Harper blew Hamels a kiss as he walked to the dugout.
- It wasn't all good for the Nationals, though: they lost the game, and they lost outfielder Jayson Werth, who broke his wrist. The Nationals are hoping for good news, and that Werth will miss only about six weeks, but as we've seen with guys like Derrek Lee and Ian Stewart, a broken wrist can affect you for months, and even years, after you're healthy enough to play.
- Earlier in the weekend, Heath Bell was bounced as the Marlins' closer. Bell, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal before the season, has allowed runs in five of his ten outings this year. The Marlins hope the move clears Bell's head so he can return to the role soon.
- FanGraphs offers a humorous scouting report on pitcher Chris Davis.
- Mark Grace is creative when it comes to helping out viewers.