Number one was a no-brainer. What game was better than the Orioles’ 9-6 17 inning victory over the Boston Red Sox. Talk about perseverance, Chris Davis outpitched Darnell McDonald to get the win. This game not only showed the resilience we have seen all year for the Orioles, it also characterized all of the offensive flaws that this team has had in the first half of the season. Truth be told this game should have been won by the Orioles way before the 17th inning. The Birds raced out to an early 5-0 lead behind two J.J. Hardy home runs and a Robert Andino Three-run shot. It could have been more if Nick Johnson hadn’t made a base running error right before the Andino home run. The Red Sox battled back and tied it on a Will Middlebrooks grand slam in the fifth inning. The two teams traded runs in the eighth before the game went to extra innings. The Orioles put the leadoff man on base five of six innings from the 10th to the 15th(Including two leadoff walks) but failed to score any of those runners. The game almost ended in disaster for the Orioles in the bottom of the sixteenth inning. Mike Aviles doubled off the green monster and Marlon Byrd tried to score from first, but a perfect relay from J.J. Hardy nailed Byrd at the plate and allowed the Orioles to win it in the seventeenth inning. It was without a doubt the game that described what this team was all about in 2012. There is no doubt they have weaknesses and they need help, but this team is fun to watch. We will see how it plays out down the stretch.