It's August 17th and Camden Yards is a muggy, muggy place. It's the kind of humid where the slightest movement will have you sweating like Patrick Ewing or Tennessee basketball Bruce Pearl.
On this date in 1998, Bill Clinton admits on a video tape to having "relations" with Monica Lewinsky.
On this date in 2008, Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal in the same Olympics as the U.S. 4X100 medley relay team finished first.
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There are several famous birthdays today, including Robert Deniro (1943), cult leader David Koresh (1959) , Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (1983), who I am taller than, Jorge Posada (1971), Sean Penn (1960) . And former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell.
And there was also a guy named Kelvin Mercer, who went by the name Posdunous in the rap group De La Soul ...
On this day in baseball history ...
1920 -- At the Polo Grounds, Ray Chapman suffers a fracture skull and will die the next day as a result of being hit by a Yankee Carl Mays fastball. The Indian shortstop will be the only on-field player fatality in major league history.
The Mariners get runners on second and third as Russell Branyan draws a two-out walk off of O's starter Brad Bergeson. Jose Lopez follows with a double to right. But they are stranded when Bergeson strikes out Franklin Gutierrez.
Fister gets two quick outs but finds himself in trouble after giving up back-to-back Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott. Fister then uncorks a wild pitch that Adam Moore can't block to allow a run to score. Adam Jones reaches on a throwing error by Jose Lopez, but Fister gets Felix Pie to ground out to end the inning, O's lead 1-0.
The M's get a run in the second as Michael Saunders falls behind in the count but battles back and triples to right-center. Casey Kotchman came all the way around from first to score. M's tie the game at 1-1.
Well it didn't stay tied long. Matt Wieters and Cesar Izturis singled to start off the inning. They moved up on Fister's second wild pitch of the game (Moore should have caught it) and Wieters scored on Brian Roberts sac fly to left. Baltimore added another run on Nick Markakis' soft single up the middle. O's lead 3-1.
The Mariners tie the game up in the most improbable of ways as Branyan and Lopez hit back to back solo homers to tie the game at 3-3
Fister gives up a single to Adam Jones, but he's caught stealing by Adam Moore. A much needed easy inning for Fister.
The M's have some runners on, but don't do much with them as Figgins grounds out with runners first and second to end the inning.
Fister gives up a two-out single, but managed to get out of the inning
M's go down 1-2-3.
Back to back two-out singles from Jones and Pie put Fister in a bit of a bind, but he rallies to strike out Matt Wieters to end the inning.
The Mariners load the bases with one out for the top of the order. But Buck Showalter brings in former Washington State Cougar and Mount Vernon native Mark Hendrickson. He gets Ichiro to line out to Ty Wigginton and then strikes out Chone Figgins to end the rally. Still tied at 3-3.
Jamey Wright comes in for Fister and pitches a 1-2-3 inning
Both teams go 1-2-3 .
The M's continue to strand baserunners. Casey Kotchman leads off with a double to left-center and Adam Moore puts a bunt single out of fear past the pitcher and first baseman. With runners on first and third, Michael Saunders strikes out after battling Koji Uejhara and his sideburns. Koji strikes out Josh Wilson. Showalter then brings in lefty David Hernandez to face Ichiro and he strikes him out.
A lead-off error allows Figgins to reach, but he's stranded there as the M's fail to even more him to second.
O's get a lead-off "hit" (should have been an error on Figgins). But Adam Moore makes a brilliant play on Brian Roberts' bunt in front of the play to cut down pinch runner Julio Lugo at second. A few pitches later, the Mariners call a pitch out and guess right and Moore easily guns down Roberts trying to steal second. The M's get out of the inning and send it to the 10th.
Adam Moore rips a homer to left to give the M's a 4-3 lead. He has four hits tonight.
Well, there will be more baseball. Aardsma comes in and is clearly struggling to locate his fastball. He gives up a single and then a walk. Seattle gets a break when Adrian Johnson calls Felix Pie out at first on a nice bunt to Lopez. Replays show he was safe. That out proves big. The M's walk Matt Wieters intentionally to load the bases. Cesar Izturis grounds into a force play at home for the second out. But then Aardmsa suddenly can't find his command against Julio Lugo, who entered the game earlier as a pinch hitter and didn't have an at-bat. He threw him four straight balls and walked in the tying run.