Sunday, February 17, 2013

Extra Innings Anyone?

Paul "Motormouth" Blair hit a 378 ft. homer to
end game 3 in 11 innings.  The Reds Sox and
Orioles would split the series with all games
going into extra innings.
After playing 44 innings of baseball (in 4 games) the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox decided nothing.  Both teams punched their way through 4 games, all going into extra innings only to split the series 2-2.   Game 1 was a dagger for the Orioles as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first few innings.  Only to see the advantage bleed away to an eventual 7-6 loss in 11 innings.   Game 2 boasted a 12 inning struggle before the Orioles would even the series on a 2 out single by Larry Haney to drive in the run for 3-2 Oriole victory.  Then a grueling double header would see 21 innings of baseball (11 in game one and 10 in game 2) before both teams could part ways with a split.  Game 3 would only see 1 run in the 11 inning marathon; a 378 foot blast by Paul Blair to end it for Baltimore.  Game 4  saw Boston race out to 4-2 early lead before the "O"s would push it to extra frames.  Carl Yaztrezemski (.358 avg) went 3 for 4 and drove in the eventual winning run in the 10th.  The split saw the Orioles end the series with an 8-7 record and the Red Sox remained at .500 with a 7-7 frame.

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