Linked: Clearing Up

Though it tried, the weather was not able to prevent Major League Baseball from getting a full slate of games in last night.  Teams must have thought they had to make up a bit for the previous night’s rainouts, as four games went a combined 11 extra innings.

The big players Wednesday night were the pitchers, but we’ll get to them a little later.  First let’s take a look at some of last night’s highlights.

Last night in Baltimore fans were treated to the major’s longest game of the season, a 15 inning affair against the New York Yankees.

Both teams received solid starting pitching, the Yanks Bartolo Colon being just a little better than O’s rookie Zach Britton.  Colon had held the O’s scoreless over 8 innings, but with a 1-0 lead manager Joe Girardi decided to bring in closer Mariano Rivera to shut the door.  The O’s were able to get to Rivera and ultimately tie the game on this Vladimir Guerrero sac fly.

The game entered extras and both teams squandered several opportunities to finish off their opponents.  The O’s got to the end of their pen and had to go with the so far ineffective Michael Gonzalez who gave up this go-ahead double to Robinson Cano.

Though four stadiums saw free baseball, only one home crowd left happy with a walk off win. 

The Braves traveled to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks.  The teams were deadlocked at the end of regulation and the game found its way into the 11th before the bats came alive.  The Braves scored once in the top of the inning off of reliever Aaron Heilman to go ahead.  Atlanta threatened more on a Nate McClouth liner, but Stephen Drew saved the day with this diving grab.

The defensive gem proved important as Arizona was able to come back to tie and ultimately win the game in the bottom of the 11th on this bouncer off the bat of Justin Upton.

Tags: Aaron Heilman Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Justin Upton Mariano Rivera Michael Gonzalez New York Yankees Robinson Cano Stephen Drew Vladimir Guerrero Zach Britton

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