SEATTLE – As Tuesday’s game against the
The Orioles won their 14th consecutive extra-inning game on Wednesday morning, 4-2, in the 18th inning – the second longest contest in
“The whole dugout was alive the whole game,” said Orioles manager
It lasted a tidy five hours and 44 minutes, fourth longest, time-wise, in Mariners' history and fifth in Orioles' history.
The Orioles (84-64) have won 14 straight extra-inning games – after losing their first two of the season. That’s the most in baseball since the 1949
Perhaps more important, they are again tied for first in the
“I’m just so proud,” Showalter said. “Just when I think they can’t top something they’ve done. They do.”
It was the fourth time the Orioles have played 18 innings in their history, and the first since consecutive 18-inning games on Aug. 24 and 25, 1969. The club’s longest game, innings-wise, was a 19-inning victory over the Washington
"We had already taken Chris Davis out of the game, so we were in a bind there," Showalter joked.
Six Orioles played the entire game, including catcher
"Matt, I kept looking for a spot to pinch run for him," Showalter said. "It's like catching a doubleheader. The fortunate thing is it's not 95, 100 degrees like it is when he is catching in the summer. So hopefully we'll see what tomorrow brings. I've got to sit down and consider some things. We're obviously a little short in the pitching department."
The Orioles chased Ramirez in the ninth, when they matched their offensive output from the first eight innings with two hits and then plated both runners against Seattle closer
It took them nine more to score again, but the Orioles finally did.
"A few of us had the best 0-for-7s we've ever had," Jones said. "It's a long game, that's evident, but everybody hung in there, everybody kept playing. Everybody kept giving their all. That's all you can ask."
Davis' two-run single against Wilhelmsen wiped out a potential win for Ramirez, who was superb, allowing just two McLouth hits through eight. He left in the ninth to a standing ovation – complete with the Mariner Moose mascot dancing on the home dugout – from the announced 12,608.
When it was over, a few hundred people remained in the stands – ones that watched the Mariners score two runs in the fourth on a
Hunter got the win – and an unexpected present in what was perhaps fitting for such a crazy night.
As he was about to enter the game in the 16th, one of many seagulls flying overhead at Safeco Field deposited droppings on Hunter's Orioles cap.
“I was minding my own business, not doing anything. I thought it was [reliever
At one point, pitching coach Rick Adair brought the cap over to Showalter to show him what had happened.
"Tommy just wanted you to see this," Adair told Showalter. "I said, 'I know how he feels.' It broke up the whole dugout. Everybody was laughing about it. You've got to take it that way."
In a not-so funny reality, the Orioles have to go for the sweep Wednesday against Seattle’s
It's going to be an exceptionally tough assignment with a depleted bullpen and tired hitters having to face one of the baseball's most challenging hurlers. Showalter said he would have to try and figure out a plan.
Early Wednesday morning, though, he was just glad the win was finally secured.
"I feel it. Believe me," he said. "Take a look at me. And I don't have to play. It is nothing compared to what these guys have to go through."