Good morning, Orioles fans! It is a great morning waking up in first place, with no other team tied with you, isn’t it?
Today, I’ll begin a weekly segment called, Crazy Play Tuesday. I’ll be searching through the archives, trying to find some of the craziest plays in Orioles team history.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, O’s fans. Do you remember what happened on May 6, 2012? Yes the Orioles won the game that day, 9-6, but it took 17 innings to do so. But what else happened that day? How’s this for a reminder….
“The Orioles win it! Chris Davis is the winning pitcher!”
Those are words you’ll probably never hear in the same sentence ever again.
In a game started by Tommy Hunter, the O’s used 7 pitchers prior to Davis entering the ball game in the 16th inning. Davis had came on and retired the first two batters he faced before an error committed by then third baseman, Wilson Betemit allowed the first runner. This was followed by a double by Mike Aviles, but an incredible relay from Jones, to Hardy, to Wieters cut down base runner Marlon Byrd at the plate.
With Davis still on, and the Orioles now leading by 3 in the bottom of the 17th, a single, and a walk all but spelled troubled for Chris Davis. However, Davis was able to strike out Alex Gonzales, and get Darnell McDonald (the losing pitcher for the Red Sox) to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to seal the deal, and give Crush Davis his first win as a major league pitcher.
Sure, this article isn’t limited to one play, however, you can’t think of Chris Davis pitching without any sort of crazy play involved. How about you O’s fans, what do you think of when you hear crazy play? Go back in your memory banks, and drop me a comment, or tweet me to let me know a crazy play, or plays you remember!