Saturday, July 9, 2011
Things get a little hot Friday
We are only a few days away from the All-Star break and in the middle of summer, so it shouldn't be surprising that things got a little heated Friday.
In Boston, the Red Sox scored double-digits against the Orioles for the second straight game in a 10-3 win but the big story was the bench-clearing brawl featuring David Ortiz.
The Sox designated hitter charged Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg and both were ejected after throwing (and missing with) punches. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson were also tossed.
Earlier, Royals infielder Chris Getz was thrown out of his game with the Tigers. That increased the July ejection total to 21 in the month's first eight days.
In Philadelphia, two of the sport's hottest teams hooked up as the Phillies took on the Braves. In the 10th inning, Raul Ibanez's sixth career walk-off home run ended the Braves' four-game winning streak and gave the Phils their seventh win in the last 10 games.
The victory increased Philadelphia's NL East lead to 3 ½ games over Atlanta.
In the top of the 10th, Phillies reliever Juan Perez struck out the side on nine pitches. He is only the second pitcher in MLB history to accomplish that feat in an extra inning (Hollis Thurston, 1923) and he's the first Phillies pitcher to do it since Andy Ashby in 1991.
In Texas, the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 8-5, with a game-time temperature of 106 degrees. According to the Rangers, it was the highest temp ever recorded at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. C.J. Wilson stayed hot, too, improving his record to 5-0 in his last nine starts.