Jason Bay Goes Platinum Sombrero
The Orioles/Red Sox series was pretty noteworthy for several reasons. On Tuesday night, Boston blew a 10-1 lead and lost 11-10, giving Baltimore its biggest comeback ever. The very next day, the Red Sox responded by coming back from down 5-1 in the 9th with four runs to tie it and send it to extras where they won it in the 11th, 6-5. One significant aspect of the comeback win on Wednesday was that they essentially did it without Jason Bay. The Red Sox left fielder and AL RBI leader went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the 11-inning game.
Bay punched out his first two times looking and then he went down hacking his next three times. The bright side for the guy is that he wasn’t exactly a rally killer despite his ofer — he only left one man on base. Bay really struggled in the series against Baltimore going 0-for-15 with nine strikeouts. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get heckled after this one like the most recent Platinum Sombrero victim, Alex Rios. He should also be happy his teammates are there to pick him up when he’s not producing — taking two of three despite that crappy series by the clean up hitter is impressive.
UPDATE: LBS contributor Alan notifies us that Russell Branyan received the coveted but less-difficult Golden Sombrero on Wednesday evening against the Yankees