A much needed update to this post:
Seems I screwed this one up. It is not Melvin Mora playing, it is another one. Melvin is still in Orioles camp, and ready to break with the team. I think I got him confused with Manny Alexander, the former SS for the Orioles, who is in Italy. My apologies to both of them for the confusion.
Additionally, it seems that this was not an Italian League game, but a Spanish League game. Again, my apologies to the Spanish League.
Looks the fact checker for this site will be getting a talking to shortly. However, one thing to remember, this is a free site. And as every girlfriend I've ever had has told me, you get what you pay for.
No matter what league you play in, be it Youth Leagues to the Majors, good pitching performances are always hard to come by. Don't dismiss this because it's the Italian League. It's still impressive. Here's the line score from the game I'm talking about.
F.C. BARCELONA 1,
SAN INAZIO 0 (Mar 21, 2009 at Bilbao)
F.C. BARCELONA...... 000 000 000 01 - 1 8 2 (3-0)
SAN INAZIO.............. 000 000 000 00 - 0 3 2 (0-3)
Pitchers: F.C. BARCELONA - BAEZ Homer.
SAN INAZIO - MANE F; GUEDEZ Willy Javier(8).
Win-BAEZ Homer(2-0) Loss-GUEDEZ Willy Javier(0-2)
T-3h 10m A-60Game notes:
ANOTADOR: AGUEDA Juan Carlos
DATA ENTRY: ESTEBAN Raul CT: RODRIGUEZ Javier
I'll be the first to admit that an 11-inning, 1-0 game, is nice, but nothing spectacular. But here is the box score for it.
I don't care what you league you pitch in. An 11-inning, 3-hit shutout, with 15 strike outs is always noteworthy. Check out the box score here.
Yes, that is former Oriole Melvin Mora playing LF, batting 9th, and going 0-4, with 1 SB.
No word on how many pitches Baez threw. It's a good thing they didn't list it, because it's a good bet that it wasn't a good amount.
Remember the days when major league pitchers weren't a bunch of over-paid, crybababy, wusses who would do this on occassion? I do. I'm not advocating pitchers start going 11 innings, but every once in awhile, it is possibile.
On the bright side, Dusty Baker will always have a job.