Nice Night for a Ballgame

Thursday, May 1st, 2003 @ 7:23 pm | Sports

I was at Fenway last night to see the Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals. I would have written about it last night, but I just wanted to crash when I got back to my place.

All in all, it was a pretty good game. The Sox won and Derek Lowe rebounded nicely after getting slammed by the Texas Rangers in his last start.

However, the last 4 innings might have been the strangest stretch of baseball I’ve ever seen in person. The Red Sox had the bases loaded with 1 out in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. In the first three innings of those innings, the Sox scored a not-so-grand total of 1 run. There weren’t any double plays turned during that period, either.

After the Sox fell behind by 2 in the top of the 9th, the excuse I had for staying hopeful was “Nomar and Manny are hitting 2nd and 3rd, so the Sox can still win it.” After watching Kansas City utterly implode, I think the Sox could have had two ball girls and a security guard hitting and it wouldn’t have mattered.

For those who missed it, here’s the Cliffs Notes version. Single. Wild pitch. Hit by pitch. Single, run scores. Sacrifice fly, run scores. Hit by pitch. Error. Hit by pitch. Error, run scores. Go home.

In case you were wondering, the 3 hit batsmen in the 9th tied the record for most hit batsmen in an inning. Furthermore, it was the first time since 1928 that it happened in the 9th inning. Guess I got to see my own little bit of history 🙂

If the flow of the game wasn’t strange enough, the home plate umpire felt he needed to issue a warning to both teams after the third hit batter. As if anybody the stadium thought that Mike MacDougal and D.J. Carrasco, the Royals’ pitchers, were intentionally hitting people in the 9th inning of a close game.

The umpires’ odd view of hit batters seems to have carried over to tonight’s game, as Casey Fossum and Grady Little were thrown out of the game after Fossum threw a pitch behind Raul Ibanez with 2 outs in the 1st inning. So much for letting the players determine the outcome of the game on the field.

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