Marathon Sunday

The fans at Fenway Park certainly got their money’s worth Sunday afternoon — those who stuck around to the bitter end, anyway.

Almost 6 hours after the first pitch, the Red Sox and the Orioles finally wrapped up a 17-inning marathon, using all of the pitchers in their bullpens in a game that was ultimately decided by their designated hitters… who were pitching. It’s a tough way to lose a game, but given the bullpen woes of the Red Sox this season, such a strong showing by the relief corps had to have been at least somewhat encouraging.

In what was surely an up-and-down affair, I’ll try to let my pictures tell the story.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox left fielder Cody Ross can't come up with the catch on a double from Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in the first inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Cody Ross can't come up with the catch on a double from Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in the first inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz walks off the mound after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz walks off the mound after being relieved in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks bumps chests with designated hitter David Ortiz after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks bumps chests with designated hitter David Ortiz after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz screams into the ground after striking out in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz screams into the ground after striking out in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Jarod Saltalmacchia has a chat with reliever Vincente Padilla in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarod Saltalmacchia has a chat with reliever Vincente Padilla in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones can't get to a double from Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones can't get to a double from Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox designated hitter Darnell McDonald argues a called third strike with home plate umpire James Hoye in the 10th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter Darnell McDonald argues a called third strike with home plate umpire James Hoye in the 10th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a foul ball call with home plate umpire James Hoye in the 13th inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a foul ball call with home plate umpire James Hoye in the 13th inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play ahead of Orioles third baseman Wilson Betemit in the 14th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia turns a double play ahead of Orioles third baseman Wilson Betemit in the 14th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slams his bat on the ground after striking out against the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia slams his bat on the ground after striking out against the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd is tagged out at the plate by Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the 16th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd is tagged out at the plate by Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the 16th inning at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd laughs after misplaying a ball off the wall in the 15th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Marlon Byrd laughs after misplaying a ball off the wall in the 15th inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox reliever Darnell McDonald walks back to the mound as Orioles center fielder Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run home run at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

5/6/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Darnell McDonald walks back to the mound as Orioles center fielder Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run home run at Fenway Park on May 6, 2012.

So, yeah, I moved a lot of frames across these 17 innings — that’s almost 2 complete games of baseball, if you were counting. If you want to see more, by all means, check out the full gallery here.

There may or may not have been some Instagramming between innings, as well.

 (Kelvin Ma)

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