Saturday, April 25, 2015
Taylor Teagarden, 2013 Orioles Postcards
July 14, 2012 was the most unlikely walkoff home run I've witnessed in person at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But tonight's 10th-inning, one-out, full-count, solo home run by David Lough against Koji Uehara sure gives Taylor a run for his money. Lough was only in the game because he'd pinch-run for Travis Snider in the eighth inning and stayed on as the left fielder. The O's seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the ninth inning, as the Red Sox scored the tying run off of Zach Britton without hitting a ball out of the infield. Brad Brach added to the misery in the top of the 10th by allowing a go-ahead solo homer to Xander Bogaerts on his first pitch. But Adam Jones greeted Koji with a leadoff triple in the home half of the inning. When Chris Davis followed with a sac fly to re-tie the score, Buck Showalter pulled back would-be pinch hitter Steve Pearce and allowed Lough to bat for himself. Good call, as he battled Boston's closer to a 3-2 count before depositing a 76-mph splitter onto the flag court for the win. Something magic happens.