Weird Game

Some magic in the air for the Bal’more Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles bested the Boston Red Sox today in Fenway Park. How weird was this game? It took more than six hours to complete. Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis went 0 for 8. Then, he was summoned to pitch! By strangling the Red Sox over two innings, the DH became the winning pitcher, which must be a first. Bobby Valentine even had to throw his own position player (Darnell McDonald) on to the mound. This was the only time since 1925 anything like this had happened: Ty Cobb versus fellow-great George Sisler. The even weirder aspect of all this is personal: I (Evander) had recently and by chance been looking up Babe Ruth’s pitching record, both with the Red Sox and with the Yankees, for whom Ruth won five games (one in a relief role). I had to wonder what the Yanks could have been thinking by putting Ruth on the hill. For a hoot, I then located Ty Cobb’s pitching record, which I had known nothing about. Believing such was a bigger stunt engineered by Cobb, as player-manager, to steal Ruth’s thunder, I learn, in fact, the game in question that Cobb pitched was the second half of a doubleheader when the roster must have been depleted. The Orioles and Red Sox, at least time-wise, played their own double-dip this afternoon. Orioles manager Buck Showalter may no longer be Mr. Bad-sad-tough Luck after all. He even won his one-thousandth game just a week ago against the Yankees.

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