Sorry for the lack of blogging yesterday. It’s probably been two or three years since I’d had a day in court as contentious as yesterday. There were something like seven lawyers involved. People arguing back and forth. Objections on top of objections and, to top it off, a judge who isn’t the biggest fan of my case. One of the lawyers opposite me was a former boss, so that was fun too. All of that is the sort of thing that makes for a long, long day, so by the time I got back from court the part of my brain that produces wit, snark, and opinion was working off of a backup generator. Punting the rest of the day was probably the best move under such circumstances.
When I got home I pitched a wiffle ball to ShysterBoy, drank wine, and watched a pretty bitchin’ Star Trek episode. As of 10:30 or so I was back to full speed, so I was able to get down to business. This kind of business:
Yankees 5, Indians 2: In going so deep into the game, Joba Chamberlain finally becomes the eighth inning pitcher everyone seems to want him to be. If he wants to keep the critics happy after Mariano finally retires, he is going to have to go to complete games. And this one makes eighteen straight games without an error for the Yankees. So who’s gonna be the first guy to draw everyone’s fire by identifying all of the balls where Jeter didn’t get close enough to even risk an error, let alone threaten a competent play? Rob Neyer? Tom Tango? John Dewan? James Click? Mike Emeigh? Onion?
Pirates 8, Mets 5: New York’s bullpen flashes back to 2008 and blows a 5-0 lead. Andy LaRoche continues his good hitting — his line for May was .330/411/.457 — going 2-4 with a triple and three RBI.
Astros 4, Rockies 1: Why didn’t anyone inform me that Miguel Tejada was batting .353? Don’t we have a communications protocol around here? I can’t be expected to make sound command decisions if my crew is hiding things from me. Look, I trust you all as officers. You’re all fine men and women. But if I continue having to find this sort of thing out myself we’re just going to go a “report everything” regime in which I take all discretion out of your hands. I hope it doesn’t come to that. Now carry on.
Marlins 7, Brewers 4: Jorge Julio came in in the sixth inning with a can of kerosene in one hand and a match in the other, and then Ken Macha sprayed the conflagration with hairspray when he brought Todd Coffey in.
White Sox 6, A’s 2: That’s four in a row for Chicago, and 10 of 13 overall. Gavin Floyd pitched well enough to win (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8K) but his teammates scored too late to allow him to claim the W. I imagine that it is exactly that sort of disrespect that is causing all of these pitchers to refuse trades to the White Sox. I could go into brutal detail regarding how bad the A’s are playing these days, but commenter APBA Guy does such a better job of it than I do, that I suppose I should leave it to him.
Reds 5, Cardinals 3: A win is nice, but losing Edinson Volquez in the second inning due to numbness in his right hand and/or a reaggravation of his back injury (unclear from early reports) is not good at all.
The Orioles Game: Paul Blair goes 3-4 and both Frank Robinson and Merv Rettemund drive in two as Baltimore wins Game 5 and thus take the 1970 World Series from the Cincinnati Reds. The real hero of this game was probably Mike Cuellar, though, who gutted out a complete game, giving up three runs and atoning for his short, ineffective outing in Game 2. Still, the story of the series had to be Brooks Robinson’s play at the hot corner. He’s a once in a lifetime talent down there, folks, and this is coming from a guy who watches Clete Boyer play whenever he gets the chance. Wait, what’s the problem? In yesterday’s comments, you guys said you wanted good stories about the Orioles irrespective of whether anything good happened in the previous night’s game. Isn’t this what you were talking about?
Orioles 1, Mariners 0: Fine. Rich Hill shut out the Mariners for 7, giving up only two hits and Jim Johnson and George Sherrill handled the other two innings to seal the deal. The Orioles would probably like to play the Mariners all the time, as they have won nine of eleven against them.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2: Hiroki Kuroda is back after missing almost two months with an oblique strain. I hate those. I much prefer my strains to be perpendicular nor parallel. Anyway, he gave up two runs and three hits in five innings, but got nothing from his offense by way of support. The L.A. bullpen threw five wild pitches, which is always fun.
Phillies 5, Padres 3: Adrian Gonzalez (hey, I can spell it right!) hit his 21st, but it wasn’t enough as Joe Blanton was in rare, effective form. OK, he’s won three in a row, and his last start was really impressive, but I’m not prepared to take him out of the liability column just yet.