BALTIMORE -- Regrettably, ESPN’s SportsNation did not conduct a poll beforehand, so we’ll never know who you, the American people, would have chosen as the more inspiring character: David Ortiz, Red Sox designated hitter, or Bobby Henry, Seminole Tribe medicine man.
We suspect Ortiz would have carried the Northeast, Henry the Native American vote and the rest of the country would have shrugged.
And no one would have been happy with the outcome.
Certainly not the Red Sox, who trampled the momentum created by Ortiz’s dramatic ninth-inning home run Sunday night in Detroit by rolling over to the Orioles here Monday night, 4-0, before a crowd of 19,729 in Oriole Park in Camden Yards.
And that numbing defeat came just hours after the Rays were shut out at home, 3-0, by Seattle, even though Rays manager Joe Maddon had promised to “turn loose” Henry on Tropicana Field.
The Orioles had as many home runs (three) as the Sox had hits. Adam Jones (No. 10 in the first), Nick Markakis (No. 6 with a man aboard in the fifth) and Ryan Flaherty (a first-pitch bomb in the seventh, his second of the year) all went deep on Jake Peavy.
Peavy hasn’t won since April 25. That was his only win of the season. He struck out seven in seven innings, and actually pitched better than in recent starts.
The Sox offense, however, reverted to its season-long ineptitude. Daniel Nava and Brock Holt each had a hit and a walk, and David Ross had a double. The rest of the team went 0-for-21 against starter Bud Norris and reliever Tommy Hunter.
The Sox had one runner advance as far as third base. That was Ross in the eighth, after Holt’s ground ball to the right side moved him up a base, but Xander Bogaerts whiffed to leave him there.
Ortiz didn’t even inspire himself. He went hitless in four at-bats, with second baseman Ryan Flaherty’s diving catch of a line drive in short right field in the fifth the back breaker.