Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Baseball fans hold a Boston Strong flag during the fifth inning of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles Deter Valiant Red Sox Rally


The Boston Marathon was run and the Boston Red Sox played a baseball game at 11:05  a.m. EST, meaning Patriots’ day returned to some semblance of normality earlier today.

Unfortunately, the visiting Baltimore Orioles scored six runs in the third inning, taking the early lead at Fenway park and not giving it back even with the Red Sox applying pressure in late innings.

Boston starter Clay Buchholz had another poor start, giving up six earned runs in just 2.1 innings of work. Again the bullpen, mainly Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow, kept the Sox in the game long enough for them to make one of their trademark comeback efforts.

The Sox cut the lead to two going into the final frame, but Orioles closer Tommy Hunter got last night’s hero Mike Carp to groundout with runners on second and third to end the game.

Sure, losing on such an emotional day never makes things easier, but there were other aspects of today’s ceremony that will really touch those impacted by the events of last year’s Boston Marathon.

The Red Sox wore unique jerseys, ones that had the word “BOSTON” on the front instead of the usual “RED SOX” writing. 

And if you really want to get emotional, Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg last year at the marathon and was married at Fenway Park last week, threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch to one of the loudest ovations I have ever heard at Fenway.

 

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