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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Actually, Jon Knott got his first major-league start on Sunday in a Padres win over Milwaukee, but I was distracted by the two Wichita State losses that day (and then by the draft stuff earlier this week). Knott struck out swinging in the 2nd inning, grounded to third in the 4th, and drew a walk in the 6th before being replaced by pinch-runner Kerry Robinson.
Knott hasn't played since. He's got a total of 5 at-bats all year. Meanwhile, the starting left fielder for San Diego tonight is Terrence Long, who's hitting a weak .292 (.342 OBP, .400 SLG, zero homers). Xavier Nady is DH'ing. Why on earth is Bruce Bochy blowing at-bats on Terrence Long, a replacement-level player, and treating Jon Knott, a potential standout, like his personal potted plant? I've rooted for Bochy since he managed the Wichita Wranglers, but he's starting to piss me off.
It looks like that might be my "record" today. 0-5. The Dodgers already lost and the Yankees won, which puts me at 0-2. The Red Sox are getting shut out 4-0 in the 6th inning (there's a rain delay), and to make matters worse, the team beating them is the Padres (who are battling the Dodgers for NL West supremacy). Barring a Red Sox comeback, that will put my record at 0-4 (LA and Boston lose, NYY and SD win). But wait, there's more! The Giants are tied 3-3 in the ninth against Tampa Bay, and a win for San Francisco would put them just a half-game behind the Dodgers. And it'd put my record for today at 0-5.
Sometimes loyalty hurts.
As I write this, it's 1 AM, meaning I should be asleep. Of course I'm not -- I'm up looking at box scores. And we had some good ones Tuesday.
20-year-old Royals phenom Zack Grienke had the best game of his young career, pitching seven 3-hit, shutout innings against Montreal to win his first MLB game. He struck out 5 and didn't walk a single batter, and now sports a 1.73 ERA and just 4 walks in 26 innings. Bret Saberhagen II? Looks like it so far.
In other news, Pedro Martinez had his best game of 2004 (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO), leading the Red Sox to a 1-0 win over San Diego. Fellow legend Roger Clemens won a 1-0 affair of his own against the Mariners, pitching 6.2 shutout innings. He struck out 7, but (strangely) walked 5. No matter; his record now stands at 9-0, and his ERA is a league-best 2.08.
There were a bunch of pitchers' duels Tuesday, actually. The Yankees and Javier Vazquez beat Colorado 2-1; Minnesota beat the Mets 2-1 despite a nice game by New York's Tom Glavine (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R -- he now has a 2.21 ERA). And as I type this, the Brewers are batting in the top of the 15th in Anaheim, and neither team has scored a run. In that game, Ben Sheets pitched 9 shutout innings (allowing just 1 hit) and was rewarded with a no-decision, while the Angels' Kelvim Escobar threw 8 scoreless frames (with 4 hits and 11 strikeouts).