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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
And That HappenedPirates 8, Marlins 0: "You see? You see?! He's not a machine, he's a man. He's a man!" The Pirates play Rocky to Florida's Ivan Drago after the Nats spent the weekend as Apollo Creed. Translation for those of you under 35: The Pirates throw their third shutout in four games and put a halt to the Marlins' seven game winning streak.
Red Sox 12, Orioles 1: Nothing like the Orioles pitching staff to cure what ails you -- the Sox scored 30 runs in four games against Baltimore. They scored 29 runs in the first eight games of the season. Good: David Ortiz broke out, going 2-4 with a triple (!) and a couple of RBIs. Not too surprising, though, considering that he's a career .522 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in Patriots Day games. More good: Justin Masterson allowed one run on four hits in five and a third innings. But some bad: Jed Lowrie is going to have surgery and will be out two or three months.
Reds 4, Astros 3: Joey Votto comes up with a big hit in the seventh after Cincy had surrendered an early lead, and then the bullpen comes through as it has a surprising number of times for the Reds in recent days, with Arthur Rhodes and Cordero closing things out. That palpable sense of confusion you're picking up is the whole of Reds' fandom trying to remember the last time they actually had a bullpen.
Nationals 3, Braves 2: A very Zimermanny day in Washington, as first the Nats sign Ryan to a five year extension, and then Jordan wins his debut in impression fashion. Bonus: the revamped bullpen held the Braves hitless for three innings. Of course because this is the Nationals even nice night like this was somewhat sullied: because of the bad weather and subsequent delays only about 1,000 folks were around to see it happen.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 3: After hitting a buzzsaw of good pitching in San Francisco, Arizona couldn't have been happier to see Jason Marquis, who was slapped around for six runs on nine hits in five innings. Great moments in scheduling: this is Colorado's second trip to Phoenix already against a single three-game homestand overall so far this year.
Yankees-Athletics: Postponed: I hate to see a rainout, but it could be worse. If this game were rained out on Titan, it would be because of methane showers. On Venus it would be sulfuric acid virga. In New York? Just water. Besides, it was a weeknight game against a non-marquee opponent, so it's not like anyone would be at the Stadium watching anyway. The people with tickets have housekeepers to torment and purse dogs to groom and stuff like that.
Phillies-Padres: Postponed: Did you know that Eddie Rabbitt -- the same dude who sang "I love a rainy night," also wrote the Elvis song "Kentucky Rain"? Now you do. You'll thank me later when your mind, after some moderate amount of time spent processing that tidbit, is officially blown.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:43am
I watched the very end of the Braves/Nats game, after a second, 30min rain delay. The announcers said at this point that the last Metro train had left the station, and by the last inning I would honestly guess there were barely more than 100 fans in the stands. It was very creepy. There was the effect of a game in an empty park, with echoes of every sound on the field and almost every seat unoccupied. But there was also the fact that you could hear every cheer and heckle from the stands, rather than static hum of a normal large crowd. It must have all been very unnerving for the players.
Posted 04/21 at 09:03 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
My housekeeper is reponsible for grooming my purse dog. I then torment them both with Eddie Rabbitt music.
Posted 04/21 at 09:11 AM
The Reds had the 3rd best bullpen in the NL last year, as far as ERA.
Posted 04/21 at 09:21 AM
Posted 04/21 at 10:47 AM
I know the Pads were rained out but I wanted to mention that Heath Bell is on pace for 87 saves! Take that, Trevor Hoffman. I love small sample sizes…
Posted 04/21 at 12:47 PM