Exciting Sunday With Pujols Hitting 1st Home Run, Position Player Winning 17 Inning Game

Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the 2012 season yesterday in a 4-3 win by the Angels over the Blue Jays.

Albert Pujols hit his first regular season home run, since homering against the Mets on September 22, 2011. It remains to be seen if he is back on track or if it was just one good game, before reverting to his lack of power, before yesterday’s home run.

Chris Davis Orioles DH congratulated after pitching scoreless 16th and 17th innings in 9-6 win over the Red Sox.

Chris Davis DH for the Orioles had an 0-8 game at the plate, but made up for it with a sterling relief effort, pitching scoreless 16th and 17th innings to record a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.

It was a game full of milestones as Davis was the first player to go 0-8, then win a baseball game. The only other time it had happened when pitcher Rube Waddell went 0-8 and won on July 4, 1905.

The Orioles who are leading the AL East with a 19-9 record, which is best record in the majors, swept a series in Boston for the first time since 1994. The game last 6 hours and 7 minutes and a total of 570 pitches were thrown during the contest.

Darnell McDonald who entered the game for the Red Sox as a pinch-runner, then took over the DH spot for David Ortiz, then took the mound in the 17th inning. McDonald didn’t fare as well as Davis, giving up a three run homer to Adam Jones to give the Orioles the win.

It is almost unheard of to have the winning and losing pitchers both be position players, with Davis and McDonald finishing the game.

Adrian Gonzalez also was 0-8 in the contest. Gonzalez had been 6-10 combined in his previous two games.  Red Sox pitchers threw 43 pitches to Nick Markakis and 41 to Mark Reynolds, for a total of 84 pitches to the two batters. J.J. Hardy of the Orioles was 5-8 in the game.

The two teams combined to score 15 runs, hit safely 31 times and commit 5 errors. Red Sox batters struck out 18 times while the Orioles struck out 15 times for a total of 33 strikeouts. Orioles batters walked 10 times, while Red Sox batters only walked 4 times.

Significant Stats During the Game

18 pitchers took the mound during the game.

8 doubles were hit in the game.

5 home runs were hit.

9 double plays combined in the game.

The Orioles win was their eighth in their last 10 games and extended their winning streak to five.

Around the Bases

Andy Pettitte did not pitch well in his start yesterday for Scranton. He took the loss as Pawtucket defeated Scranton 7-5. Pettitte allowed 5 runs (3 of them earned) and threw 92 pitches in five innings. The Yankees desperately need Pettitte in the rotation, but looks like he is not ready yet to help anytime soon. C.C. Sabathia and Ivan Nova are a combined 7-1 this season. However, the other starters this season are a combined 4-11. The Yankees are 11th in the AL in ERA with a 4.33 mark.

Cole Hamels is likely to be suspended, after saying he hit Nationals rookie Bryce Harper intentionally. It was not a smart move by Hamels to say he hit Harper intentionally. If his aim had been off Harper could have been hit in the hand or wrist and miss several weeks of the season. Harper did get a measure of revenge, stealing home later in the inning.

Derek Jeter needs ohly 19 hits to pass Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner and George Brett on the all-time hits list. That would move him to 15th on the list with 3.155 hits behind No. 14 Cal Ripken who has 3,184 lifetime hits.

Alex Rodriguez has hit 634 lifetime homers and needs to hit 27 more to pass Willie Mays who is No.4 on the list with 660 homers. He would need another 55 after hitting his 660th, before passing No.3 Babe Ruth with 714 home runs. Rodriguez used to hit 40 or 50 home runs a season is now slowing down and may never hit the 763rd to become the all-time home run king.

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