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The hotdogs were cheaper.


It seemed so logical at the time.


By the time Sox Blogette met me at the Lower Depths last night, Charlie Zink had already retired the side in the top of the first. I had half a beer left. Rather than book it on over to Yawkey Way and pay four bucks for a Fenway Frank, we figured we’d just stay put, order another quick round, watch the bottom of the inning on TV, and avail ourselves of the Depths’ dollar hotdog deal.


In retrospect, that was a mistake.


A walk, a single, a home run. 3-0.


A single, an error, a steal, a double. 5-0.


A walk, a single. 6-0.


A single. 7-0.


Another homer. 10-0.


“Man, I’d hate to have tickets and be late to this game,” said the guy next to me.


I couldn’t help but agree with him.


So we head to the park, anticipating more fireworks. Instead, then it all started falling apart.

 

We got a couple runs in the bottom of the third, and they got eight in the fifth. We got a couple more in the bottom of the inning, and they got five more in the top of the next one.


If the first inning was exhilarating, by the seventh, the game was getting excruciating.


The bullpens couldn’t get anyone out. The at-bats were long. Things were dragging.


(One of the few bright spots was the discovery that Jed Lowrie uses the Undertones classic “Teenage Kicks” as his at-bat music. Derry punk power pop forever! John Peel, RIP!)


It was past 10:30 now. Sox Blogette had to get up early the next day. And, truth be told, despite getting a run in the seventh, I was not especially confident that we could pull this one out. So we did something I’ve never done before in my long baseball watching career: we left early.


My reward? By the time we got home and scrolled back the TiVo a bit, Don Orsillo was losing his shit: “You kidding me?!?!”


Nope.


And yes. Yes, Pedroia had notched his fifth hit of the night, an RBI double. Yes, Youk, who’d struck out twice in the first inning, had blasted his second homer of the night, a three-run shot. Yes, the Sox were back on top. And yes, with a little difficulty, Papelbon finally closed it out.


Yes, I had tickets to the wildest win of the year and missed pretty much all the good stuff.


Oh well. On TV or in person, it sure was one for the books.


The Sox gave up 17 runs and still won. They scored 19 runs and still got out-hit. You don’t see games like that come around very often. More, from the official post-game notes:

 

* Boston and Texas combined to score 36 runs, tying the single-game A.L. record set on June 29, 1950 when the Red Sox beat the Athletics, 22-14


* The Sox set a season high with 19 runs, the club’s most since scoring 25 on June 27, 2003 vs. Florida. (And Boston’s 10 runs in the 1st inning tonight are the club’s most in a single frame since scoring 14 in the 1st inning of that game.)


* Boston blew a 10-0 1st-inning advantage, matching the largest lead lost in club history, done June 4, 1989 vs. Toronto


* It was the Red Sox’ 30th inning of 10 or more runs, a major league record.

 

* David Ortiz became the 4th player in Red Sox history with 2 home runs in an inning …he’s the first Sox player to accomplish that since Nomar in 2002.

 

* Ortiz’s is the 3rd Sox player with 6 RBI in a single frame, the 1st since Carlos Quintana in the 3rd on July 30, 1991.


* Ortiz now has 224 home runs in his Red Sox career, passing Jimmie Foxx (222) and Bobby Doerr (223) for sole possession of 7th place on the club’s all-time list.


* David Aardsma and Charlie Zink became the 1st pair of A-to-Z Red Sox teammates to appear in the same game since Harry Agganis and Norm Zauchin on June 2, 1955 at Chicago.

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