The Orioles brought their brooms to Boston this weekend, and left the Sox lying in a pile of dirt. As a result, Bobby V. and the boys have now lost six of their last seven games, are 4-10 at Fenway for the season and possess the fourth-record in all of baseball.
But on the bright side: Position players pitching!
Honestly, if there was one positive aspect of the Sox lost weekend save for Will Middlebrooks' grand slam it was the novelty of watching Sunday's game whittle down to a pitcher's "duel" between utility infielder and a fifth-string outfielder.
Is there anything quirkier in sports? Is there any better way to instantly inject a sense of energy and excitement into a lifeless baseball stadium? Short of a record-setting grape juice toast, I say no. And when I think about position player's pitching at Fenway, there's only one game that come to mind:
So, let's set the Box Score Bank for . . . May 29, 1993
Indecent Proposal was tops at the box office. Janet Jackson's "That's The Way Love Goes" was the No. 1 song in America. We were seven days removed from the last episode of Saved by the Bell ("the high school years"), nine days removed from the final episode of Cheers and two weeks removed from Josh Beckett's 13th birthday. (But when was his Bar Mitzvah?)
And over at Fenway Park, Jose Canseco was on the mound.
Final Score: Red Sox 15, Rangers 1
Todd Burns got the start for the Rangers, and gave up six runs in 3.2 innings before giving way to 23-year-old rookie Robb Nen and Brian Bohanan. Those three pitchers put Texas in a 12-1 hole heading into the bottom of the eighth, and inspired manager Kevin Kennedy to make a legendary call the bullpen.
Canseco opened the inning by walking Ivan Calderon. He then walked Bob Zupcic, before retiring John Valentin and walking Tony Pea to load the bases.
Next, Luis Rivera singled to score a run, Billy Hatcher hit a sac fly to knock in another and Mo Vaughn followed with a single to drive in the third run of the inning.
The Hawk flew out to end the inning, but the damage was done, and the lone pitching appearance of Jose Canseco's 17-year-career was in the books.
One inning, 33 pitches, three runs, two hits, three walks.
And oh yeah, one Tommy John surgery.