Friday, March 7, 2014
When the Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs last year, they did it by going 29-9 in one-run games, a major league record.
This year, the Orioles are 14-24 in one-run games, including their 4-3 loss to Boston on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox tied it with two in the 7th (2-out, 2-RBI single by Dustin Pedroia) and won it with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth by Mike Carp. It was the 20th time, the Red Sox scored the winning run in their last at-bat. Boston is 17-15 in one-run games.
Red Sox 79-55
Rays 75-56 (2.5 games back)
Orioles 70-61 (7.5)
Yankees 70-63 (8.5)
The Rays lead the wild card standings, a half-game ahead of the A's (who hold the second spot, four games ahead of Cleveland). The A's beat Detroit 14-4 Wednesday behind two home runs by former Sea Dogs outfield Brandon Moss (now with 24 HR's). Ex-Dog Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 (more on Lowrie later).
The list of ex-Dogs grew on Wednesday with the promotion of pitcher Matt Barnes to Pawtucket (see today's column).
Barnes' is the 10th Sea Dogs player to move on this year:
Pitchers: Brandon Workman, Drake Britton (both now in Boston), Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes, Brock Huntzinger, Chris Martin, Will Latimer. Infielders: Xander Bogaerts (now in Boston), Heiker Meneses. Outfielder: Tony Thomas.
The Sea Dogs lost Wednesday night and Trenton won in 12 innings, pushing Portland closer to elimination.
EL East Wild Card Race
New Hampshire 67-69 (4 games)
Portland 66-70 (5)
Garin Cecchini (.291/.418 OBP) had a 3-run triple and a walk. He extended his on-base streak to 37 games, fourth-best in Sea Dogs history, behind Kevin Millar (62), Kevin Youkiis (47) and Lowrie (38).
Juan Carlos Linares (.261) is making a late-season surge. He went 3-for-4 with his seventh HR ... Deven Marrero (.237) went 2-for-3.
Jon Lester (12-7, 3.97) goes for Boston tonight against Baltimore's Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.66).
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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