Don't look for any info on Wednesday night's Red Sox-Angels game in our paper or any other paper on the East Coast for that matter. It took five hours to play and the Angels won it in 13 innings, 5-3 -- after enduring a 2-hour, 35-minute rain delay in the fifth inning. Bobby Abreu's game-winning single off Dice-K, who was pressed into relief, came at 2:36 a.m. and the last out was at 2:45 to finally wrap up the Angels' first win in seven tries against the Sox this season.
There were plenty more bizarre entries in this one. The Angels had a combined no-hitter going until Jed Lowrie's single in the seventh, which came just before midnight. Boston tied it with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, and Jacoby Ellsbury's down-to-his-last-strike RBI single forced extra innings.
In the 12th, Kevin Youkilis just missed a walkoff home run over the Green Monster. The ball hit the top of the wall and the Angels threw out Marco Scutaro at home. Bobby Jenks, who's been brutal all year, came up with a tight arm and Dice-K had to make his first relief outing in the 13th.
"When I showed up today, I didn't think I'd be talking to you guys at 3 in the morning," Boston manager Terry Francona told reporters afterward.
I feel for my media brethren in the press box. A long night, all the leads to their stories torn up by the Boston rally in the ninth, and then there's this point: The teams have a day game today at 1:30. The clubhouses open at 10 a.m.
When I saw the box score of Francisco Liriano's no-hitter last night, I had a suspicion it was an especially rare no-hitter. Lirano had six walks and only two strikeouts against the White Sox. It's rare for a pitcher to strike out as few as two batters in a no-no. But I couldn't recall seeing a pitcher with four more walks than K's in one of these gems.
I checked on BaseballReference.com and it confirmed my suspicion. Liriano was the first pitcher in history to finish with at least four more walks than strikeouts in a no-hitter. In fact, I couldn't find any no-hitters where the hurler had three more base on balls than K's.
A.J. Burnett had eight walks and six K's in his no-hitter for Florida in 2001. Dock Ellis had eight walks and 6 K's in his no-hitter (which he said was accomplished on LSD). Edwin Jackson had eight walks and 6 K's in his no-no last year for Arizona.
The opposing pitcher last night against Liriano? Edwin Jackson. Baseball trivia, you gotta love it!
--- Jerry Sullivan
Devastating news in from the New York Mets late Monday afternoon: Bisons pitcher Jenrry Mejia, the 21-year-old Dominican who is universally acclaimed as the big club's top prospect, has a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and appears headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Surgery was recommended but he will seek a second opinion before making his decision.
Mejia left his start with the Bisons Friday in Rochester after four innings with discomfort in the elbow and flew to New York for examination, where the tear was found. In five starts for the Bisons, Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.
Mejia appeared in 33 games for the Mets last year (30 in relief), and posted an 0-4 record with a 4.62 ERA. He finished the year in the minor leagues, including one start in Buffalo, and was set to be a seasonlong starter for the Herd.
If he has the surgery, Mejia will become the second Buffalo starter down for the season with the ligament transplant surgery. Veteran Boof Bonser suffered a similar injury in his lone start April 9 at Coca-Cola Field against Pawtucket and had surgery the following week. In addition, Opening Day starter Dillon Gee is in New York pitching out of the bullpen.
The Bisons play again tonight at Lehigh Valley.