SCOREBOARDMay 19: At Philadelphia: Red Sox 7, Phillies 5. Attendance: 45,656
May 20: At Gettysburg: Union beats Rebels. Attendance: About 165,000
May 21: At Pittsburgh: Pirates 5, Mets 4. Attendance: 14,386
May 22: At Cleveland: Indians 5, Tigers 3. Attendance: 15,049
May 23: At Cincinnati: Reds 2, Brave 1. Attendance: 20,411
May 24: At Salem VA (Carolina League A): Winston-Salem 1, Salem Red Sox 0. Attendance: 2,942
May 25: At Baltimore: Orioles 8, Royals 2. Attendance: 28,954
Best Ballpark Food: Cincinnati (Ole Smokehouse - Pulled Pork, Slaw, Mac & Cheese)
Runner-Up: Pittsburgh (burgers & dogs)
Best Between Innings Entertainment:
Runner-Up: Pittsburgh (Pirogi Race, much better than the Condiment Race in Cincinnati)
Best Vendor: Philadelphia (Phillies Yearbook Vendor - "No discounts, I just add value")
Best National Anthem: Baltimore (Holy Cross Academy Chorus)
Best Crowd: Baltimore (Largest walk up crowd in Oriole history)
Best Setting for Ballpark: Pittsburgh (View of downtown & bridges)
Most Convenient To Stuff Outside Ballpark: Cleveland (Walk out the park and you are at the restaurants & bars downtown)
Best Parts of the Drive Between Ballparks:
- US 60 between Chillicothe, Ohio and Hillsboro, Ohio
- US 460 between Princeton, WVA and Blacksburg VA (tip of the hat to Sen. Robert Byrd for easing the way)
- VA 20 between Charlottesville, VA and Orange, VA
Kelvin Herrera (KC Reliever) - 99 MPH
Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati Reliever) - 98 MPH - (yep - he didn't break 100 but was the most dominating pitcher we saw)
Funkiest Throwing Motion:
Pitcher: Kyle Bellamy who pitched the 8th and 9th innings for Winston Salem and had a sidearm/underarm thing going that almost had both his legs on the ground during various parts of his motion
Non-Pitcher: Hunter Pence (Phillies Outfielder) - is his arm injured?
Best Catch: Ryan Sweeney (Boston). With 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 7th and the Phillies trailing 7-4, Carlos Ruiz hit a line drive to the gap in right-center on which Sweeney made a diving catch at the warning track, right in front of our seats.
Funniest Fielding Play: Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati). With two out, and Atlanta runners on 1st and 2nd in the top of the 7th in a 1-1 game, Michael Bourn hit a grounder to Phillips on the first base side of second. Phillips made a sliding stop, rolled around for awhile, bobbled the ball and eventually shuffled it to the shortstop covering second to get the out. Seemed like the play took about 10 minutes. Phillips was laughing as he ran off the field. You can watch it at mlb.com
Worst Infield Play: The Phillies-Red Sox game which featured lousy infield play by both team for the entire game Philadelphia
Most Frustrating Game for a Hometown Fan: Phillies-Red Sox game in which the Phillies had 12 baserunners in the last five innings and only scored once, losing the game 7-5.
Clutch Relief Performance: Chris Perez (Cleveland) who with two men on base struck out Miguel Cabrera and got Prince Fielder on a grounder in the 9th to preserve the Indians victory over the Tigers.
Best Throw By Fielder: Brennan Boesch (Detroit). The Indians had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 8th when Asdrubal Carbera hitter a liner to right field which Boesch caught and then threw a bullet to cut down Casey Kotchman at the plate. You can watch it on mlb.com
Biggest Comeback: The Pirates down 4-0 to the Mets and Johan Santana came back to win 5-4.
Camden Yards, Baltimore