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Friday, April 10, 2009
And That HappenedBlue Jays 6, Tigers 2: The Rick Porcello era gets off to a somewhat rocky start (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). But don't worry: the Tim Lincecum Era began with five runs on five hits in four and a third. Wait, maybe you should worry, because before I found Lincecum's bad first performance I searched through about six or seven other elite pitchers' first outings, and couldn't find another one as bad as Porcello's. Heck, just look across the diamond for a better debut: Rickey Romero (W, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5K).
Reds 8, Mets 6: Wait, I thought I read over the offseason that Oliver Perez was the greatest lefthander since Koufax or something. How then did he give up eight runs in four innings? I do hope that the author of that report wasn't engaging in puffery and ballyhoo!
Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where does Kyle Davies get off throwing seven shutout innings? I mean, yeah, it was against what is shaping up to be a pretty anemic White Sox offense, but this is Kyle Davies we're talking about here, and he hasn't been able to get anyone out for a good long while. Another reason why I love Ozzie Guillen so much: in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times he was quoted as saying that he doesn't care what anyone thinks, DeWayne Wise was his leadoff hitter. A few hours later, Wise in penciled in eighth in the order. You can't buy that kind of crazy on the open market.
Yankees 11, Orioles 2: Nick Swisher provides a constructive F.U. to whoever it was decided that he wasn't a starter for this team, by going 3-5 with a double, a homer and 5 RBI. A.J. Burnett was effective enough for five innings and picked up the win, and Mark Teixeira hit a homer, so New York can probably stop freaking out now. At least until tomorrow.
Rangers 12, Indians 8: Your washed-update for today: Andruw Jones rising (3-5, 2B RBI, inexplicably batting cleanup for the scariest offensive team in baseball) and Carl Pavano falling (1 IP, 6 H, 9 ER, leading the charge for a rotation that probably wishes it didn't start the year in Texas).
Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Fun stats: "In all, the Rays have won 13 of their last 19 games against the Red Sox . . ." and "Tampa Bay heads to Baltimore to play the Orioles, a team the Rays have beaten 12 straight times." It hadn't occurred to me to even imagine that the Rays could just dominate this division, but it could happen. If, say, they jump out to a comfortable lead while the older teams take a while to get going? I think that would probably be the story of 2009 if they did that, and the only way to top 2008 in terms of WTF factor.
Padres 4, Dodgers 3: Lots of "we're not going anywhere, we're young, we're hungry" talk coming from the Padres after this one. It's so heart warming to see that kind of thing every year. The Nats were like that a couple of years ago. Indeed lots of teams have played this role in Aprils past. Such optimism! Such pluck! Such confidence despite the fact that everyone who knows anything about this game knows that the long grind of the Major League season leaves nowhere for a thin, under-talented team to hide. It's noble, even, like a brave stand of an outgunned opponent against superior forces. The valiant bearing of an army that, while ultimately doomed, holds strong, with its face turned into the sun, awaiting its doom but confident that it will be remembered with honor.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1: Rob Neyer, on Wednesday: "I can't see the Cards making much noise without an ace, and I don't see any aces except for maybe [Carpenter]." It's just the Pirates, but maybe Carpenter (7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 7K) is the ace they're looking for.
Mariners 2, Twins 0: Jarrod Washburn was fantastic (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER). Washburn only went eight innings in two starts all last year, neither of which were as good as this start.
Giants 7, Brewers 1: Joe Martinez was nailed in the head by a Mike Cameron line drive in the ninth. Martinez seems OK, but according to the game story, Cameron was beside himself after the incident:
He grimaced, looked away and slowed while running to first base.
Not to be insensitive, but it appears he wasn't so distraught that he didn't take second base on the play, right? Or is that an automatic double or something? I'm really not sure.
Angels-A's, postponed: Godspeed, Nick Adenhart.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:30am
I wondered that same thing while watching the Cameron play last night. It was a bit strange. Of course, I don’t think I ever even saw where the ball went after it hit Martinez. For all I know, the fleet footed Pablo Sandoval could have dove and kept the ball in the infield and Cameron at 1st base. Here’s hoping that Martinez isn’t too shaken up next time he gets out there.
Posted 04/10 at 07:33 AM
Re: Kyle Davies: sure, he might have done not so well for your Braves a couple of years ago, but fella is A) good in the minors, at all levels, and B) 24 years old. A “good long while” for Davies is not the same as one for, say, Randy Johnson.
Posted 04/10 at 07:43 AM
Cameron ran, and the adrenaline likely kept him from understanding what was going on. Remember, he had a pretty horrific injury himself a few years back (Beltran/Cameron collision with the Mets). I could see why he’d be distraught about it.
Posted 04/10 at 08:47 AM
Apparently after the ball hit Martinez it went out of play, which would explain how Cameron ended up on second despite being so distraught.
Posted 04/10 at 09:27 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Thanks Tom. That wasn’t clear from any of the game stories I read.
Posted 04/10 at 09:31 AM
I had MLB Network on last night and they were showing the end of the game. About as flush a hit to the head as you could get. The ball either ricocheted into the dugout or the stands on the fly, it hit him that squarely, which put Cameron on second with a double. Martinez’ reaction was kind of shocking—he kind of stumbled around the mound for a bit not exactly sure what to do, whether to fall to the ground or go to the dugout or what. It was really, really scary to watch.
Posted 04/10 at 10:02 AM
Wow - how hard does a ball have to hit your head to ricochet out of play? Ouch.
Posted 04/10 at 10:37 AM
Beanster - Hard, for sure, but it doesn’t have to be life threatening, necessarily. Vincente Padilla, I believe, was clobbered by a line drive a couple of years ago. The ball ricocheted over the dugout, and Padilla continued pitching the game. Of course, Padilla isn’t your average pitcher, having no small amount of crazy in him, but, still.
Posted 04/10 at 11:04 AM
I’m glad to hear that Martinez seems to be OK. I’m no doctor, but I was concerned that he was hit on the side of the head and wound up bleeding from the nose. That strikes me as scary.
Posted 04/10 at 12:20 PM
Franklyn Gutierrez was amazing in center field last night for the Mariners. I’m thinking he is going to be a really good pickup for them this year and beyond.
Posted 04/10 at 01:30 PM
APBA Guy said...
A guy in the office was at the Giants game sitting behind home plate. He said he could not tell where the ball went after it struck the pitcher.
He also said that Cain was dominating. Lot’s movement on high velocity pitches.
Manny Parra, not so much.
The Gigantes scored 19 runs against Brewers’ pitching in the 3 game set, igniting anyone not named Gallardo. Good news for the Giants, they can hit worse than league average pitching. Bad news for the Brewers, they did not compensate for the loss of Sabathia and Sheets.
Posted 04/10 at 01:33 PM
So when is Kansas City going to petition the league to rename themselves the Braves jr. It seems like they’ve snapped up all the Braves castoffs these lady couple years
Posted 04/10 at 06:02 PM
according to his Wikipedia page, Mike Cameron has had more than his fair share of head injuries.
In the minor leagues, he was in danger of losing his sight when his eye socket was almost fractured by a flying ball.
Posted 04/12 at 09:19 PM