Nine Run Comeback Marks Largest In Franchise History For O’s

Well, the Red Sox looked really bad yesterday after building up a 10-1 lead behind starter John Smoltz.  Now, I’m sure every Red Sox fan was hoping that Smoltz wouldn’t totally suck like he did in his previous start, which was his season debut.  Well, he was pretty good yesterday.  He pitched four solid innings giving up three hits, a walk, and one run.  He also struck out two in his outing.  This performance was clearly better than his last one.  So with Smoltz lined up for the victory, how do you think the bullpen did?  Well, they were dreadful.  They did terrible.  I’m not even going to explain it so just read the box score.

Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smoltz 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.00
Masterson 2.0 5 5 5 0 4 1 4.28
Delcarmen 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.03
Okajima 0.1 5 4 4 0 0 0 3.44
Saito (L, 2-1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.25
Papelbon (BS, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.85
 
Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hill, R 3.1 9 9 7 3 3 2 7.08
Albers 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.41
Hendrickson (W, 3-4) 3.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 5.08
Sherrill (S, 17) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.99

Masterson pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.
Okajima pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

Now, the Orioles came back from a 10-1 deficit to make their longest comeback in franchise history.  Their previous longest was eight runs.  Now, they posted a story about this on MLB.com which is where I got the idea for this post.  In the article, it mentions that this was their longest comeback and that their previous longest was eight.  The article went into telling us how much they have comeback from in the past and it says that the O’s have had to comeback a lot.  That says something to me.  My take on this is that they haven’t been a very good or successful franchise.  Now, I’m not saying they haven’t had their good games and their bad games, their good seasons and their bad seasons.  But they have had more bad seasons than good by far.  But the fact that they have had to comeback in a lot of games from this kind of deficit tells me that they have dug themselves in some pretty fricken big holes in the past.

The starter for the O’s yesterday was Rich Hill.  He got rocked.  No doubt about that.  He got pulled before the fourth inning ended.  Then the O’s bullpen took over and they didn’t do all that bad.  They only gave up one more run which made it the tenth run the Sox would get.  It was really the Sox bullpen that ruined everything.  The Red Sox ‘pen has been commented on as one of the best in the game.  They have some pretty dominating guys in their.  Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, and all leading up to Jonathon Papelbon.  They are all good pitchers that have had good seasons so far.  But everyone has their ups and downs.  Last night must have been a down game for everyone.

Now, I’m not complaining that the Red Sox lost, because the Yankees won and we gained a game on them in the East.  Every game we can get right now is good because we need to get back on top.  If the O’s have to come from behind every game to beat the Sox in this series, then do it.  Whatever it takes to take down the Sox.

Congrats to the O’s.  Until next time… Au revoir.

-Dillon

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4 comments

  1. redstatebluestate

    That was SOME comeback! I only caught the last few innings once I saw the score, thinking, “that can’t be right”. It was. Wow. Reminds me of the 8 run lead the Reds had on the Cards back in ’05 when they came back to win that one in a nail biting finish.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

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