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Brad Boxberger eats the Orioles alive

Probably because of all that seasoning he got in Durham.

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When your ace goes only five plus and leaves the bases loaded with no outs, you start to get a sinking feeling in your stomach. Maddon made the call to the recently-promoted Brad Boxberger in a very tight spot in the sixth.




Well day-um. Boxberger came in and pitched literally the best possible outcome that the Rays could have hoped for. You'd be forgiven if you thought the all of the gifs were identical. Boxberger worked in on everyone with his changeup, inducing some hard hit foul balls, and then struck out the first two with a well-placed fastball above the hands, and the third with what appears to be a fastball right down the middle. A perfect inning has been pitched 52 times in baseball history.

Maybe what Boxy was working on at Durham was stranding batters. Maybe Josh Lueke could be sent there to work on that as well?