Monday, April 28, 2008

Rain Finally Suspends Game after 11 Innings...

The O's played a wet and wild one in Chicago, and the game was finally called after 11 innings, with the score tied at 3.

The game was originally scheduled for 2 pm, but rain delayed the first pitch for just over two hours. Once the game finally started, both teams struggled to produce runs.

Aubrey Huff put the O's on the board first, slapping his fourth home run of the year (a solo shot)in the second inning.

Carlos Quentin evened the score in the sixth with a solo shot of his own off starter Daniel Cabrera. The Sox took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning.

The O's battled back in the ninth. Brian Roberts led-off with a double off closer Bobby Jenks, and stole third. Mora's RBI single tied the game at 2. Jenks had blown only one other save this season, and it was against the O's.

Both teams had a chance to win it in the tenth, but base-running blunders at third kept the game tied. Adam Jones overran third and was called out trying to get back to the bag to end the O's half of the inning. After a lead-off double, Carlos Quentin was on third base with one out. The Sox tried a squeeze play, and Quentin was tagged out attempting to steal home.

After a scoreless tenth, Ramon Hernandez led-off the eleventh with a solo home run, and the O's took back the lead, going up 3-2. Closer George Sherrill came in to close the game, and had been perfect thus far, converting nine of nine save opportunities. Juan Uribe put an end to Sherrill's perfection, smashing a solo homer to lead-off the inning. Sherrill settled down and was able to keep the score tied at three heading into the twelfth.

With the infield covered in puddles, the game was finally called. The O's don't play the Sox again until the end of August (at Camden Yards), though they will be in Chicago again in June to face the Cubs. No date has been set to finish the game.

Update: the game has been scheduled to resume on Monday, August 25 at 6:05 at Camden Yards. After the game, the O's and Sox will start a 3-game series.

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Matt R. Horon said...

Tough conditions out there today. Sox stranded 14 baserunners and should have won the game on numerous occasions. Uribe hitting the home run to save the day has to rate quite high on the silliest things to ever happen in a baseball game.

Carlos Quentin is a real sleeper for the White Sox, he should have a great year if he can stay healthy.

Good luck to the Orioles (except against the Sox) the rest of the way. Beat the Yankees and Sawx.

Jonathan Parr said...

Yeah...what a game! The fact that neither R. Hernandez or Uribe started the game made it even sillier...

The Sox certainly had their fair share of chances to take the lead; Cabrera just kept finding a way to keep them from scoring.

Quentin is a beast; snag him while you can if you play fantasy ball.