BOSTON -- In the first major league game since 1925 in which both teams put a position player on the mound, Baltimore designated hitter Chris Davisovercame an awful day at the plate by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win as the Orioles outlasted Boston 9-6 Sunday in 17 innings.
The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season, STATS LLC said.
So a manager bringing in a position player AFTER the opposing manager did so, hasn't happened IN 87 YEARS. And the last time it did, it was a meaningless end of the season game. So who knows when it was before that.
Regardless, in nearly a century, every single manager has realized that the other team bringing in position player to pitch (blow out or not) is a white flag, that you take advantage of by keeping in your real pitchers, not matching the move.
This team needs wins, if nothing else just to stop losing at home. Instead of putting in a starter and figuring it out later, he kept the starters on the bench not wanting to disrupt whatever starter rhythm he thought was appropriate to increase their chances for a good performance in a future game. Yet this was a real game, that the other team was handing over, the opportunity for a real win, right now. And he didn't take it. He is clueless.