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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
And That HappenedYankees 11, Tigers 0: The motto of the Yankees' bullpen after seeing the Tigers' bullpen in action: "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." Speaking of bullpens, Phil Hughes started and threw six shutout innings which, if I understand New York thinking, means that we should all now be agitating for him to be sent to the bullpen too, right?
White Sox 2, Mariners 1: This one was done in 1 hour, 52 minutes. It's almost as if these guys knew they had to play two last night and wanted to get the first one out of the way early. Makes you wonder what's in the mind of the players in those ugly four hour Yankees-Red Sox games.
Mariners 9, White Sox 1: This one wasn't terribly long either (2:32), though the game didn't end soon enough for White Sox batters who had to face King Felix (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9K) and White Sox pitchers who had to face Yuniesky Betancourt (4-5, HR, 5 RBI).
Phillies 7, Nationals 1: Cole Hamels must have gotten a hold of that taboo tiki from the Brady Bunch Hawaii episode, because nothing is going right for him. He was nailed with a line drive his last time out. Last night he was absolutely cruising, allowing four hits and two walks through 4 1/3 scoreless innings, when he tripped while trying to field a bunt in the fifth. Looks like a sprained ankle. As for the Nationals, hey, at least no one blew a save in this one.
Indians 9, Red Sox 8: And thus endeth the winning streak. After some seriously shaky pitching from both starters, things remained more or less quiet before Mark DeRosa's homer in the seventh tied it up and Javier Lopez's error in the ninth allowed DeRosa to score the winning run. Papelbon had pitched in three of the previous four games and thus wasn't available, or else you'd have to figure that he would have been in there over Lopez. Oh, and my Tony Sipp crush continues, as the Indians' rookie reliever strikes out three guys over the seventh and eighth innings.
Braves 2, Cardinals 1: I'm not sure what was more unlikely here: that the Braves staged a rally (such as it was) with two outs, or that the rally was sustained by a Jeff Francoeur walk.
Astros 8, Reds 3: Wandy Rodriguez continues to string some really nice starts together, this time giving up one run on five hits in seven innings. Nice support from Zombie-Rod, who hit a homer and an RBI double.
Angels 7, Orioles 5: Joe Saunders allowed ten hits but only two earned runs. Under union rules, I am therefore obligated to say that he "scattered" them. Adam Eaton, on the other hand, turned back into a pumpkin following his inexplicably good last start. Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games. I'd like to see him exceed 56, simply because I'd like to see someone write a song with multiple rhymes for "Markakis."
Marlins 7, Mets 4: In losing seven straight after winning seven straight, the Marlins reminded me of those streaky 1987 Brewers who opened the season with a 13-game winning streak that was quickly followed with a 12-game losing streak. Sue me. I'm old. Anyway, Jorge Cantu put an end to the losing by homering twice and driving in five, but if the Fish remain half as interesting as the 1987 Brewers were, it should be a fun season. At least as long as no one else pretends to be the 1987 Tigers or Blue Jays.
Rangers 5, A's 4: The A's lost Nomar, Mark Ellis, and Brett Anderson to injuries over the course of the game. Maybe Hamels gave the tiki to them.
Twins 4, Rays 3: For Minnesota the win was nice, but seeing Francisco Liriano pitch relatively well (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) was probably nicer.
Brewers 6, Pirates 5: For all of Ryan Braun's pregame bluster, no one got plunked, and Braun let his bat do the talking after things got underway (2-4, 2B 2 RBI).
Blue Jays 8, Royals 1: Worse than Gil Meche not being particularly effective was the reason why: lower back stiffness which caused him to leave the game in the fourth. To the extent the "Royals are frisky" talk still has any life to it is based on an assumption that Gil Meche will be a solid number two starter all year. If he's gone, forget it.
Padres 4, Rockies 3: Luis Rodriguez had a pinch hit single in the ninth to seal it.
Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 3: Carlos Zambrano was only a triple short of the cycle and, oh yeah, he pitched a little too (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER). Geovany Soto, who is hitting only .119 and who allowed five stolen bases on Monday, sat in favor of Koyie Hill.
Dodgers 5, Giants 3: The Giants played really poorly -- they walked nine guys and played bad defense, yet somehow still found themselves tied with L.A. entering the ninth inning. Then Manny hit a double and scored what would prove to be the winning run when Andre Ethier doubled two batters later. Matt Kemp added some whipped cream an RBI triple.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:43am
Levi Stahl said...
Aha—I’d forgotten that 13-0 start for the 1987 Brewers. That explains why Rob Deer was on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s April 27, 1987 issue, as I learned from Joe Posnanski this week.
And here I’d been thinking SI was just ahead of the pack in falling in love with the Three True Outcomes!
Posted 04/29 at 07:52 AM
Francoeur - 6 SO
Something is wrong. Something is terribly wrong.
Posted 04/29 at 08:25 AM
Alex K said...
Francoeur- 4 BB (.301 OBP)
Everything seems right about those numbers. I’m sure the K’s will come for Mr. Francoeur soon enough.
Posted 04/29 at 08:48 AM
Well, nobody got “plunked” in the Brewers game, Craig, but Dave Bush did hit the second batter of the game (and then later hit two batters in the 5th, immediately followed by a 2-run double that put the Pirates up 5-1). I wasn’t watching the game, though, so I have to rely on newspaper accounts. The Milwaukee papers say the first HBP “nipped Freddy Sanchez” and the other two “brushed the jerseys”. Hometown euphemisms or accurate descriptions? You decide.
Posted 04/29 at 09:36 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Craig, the crazy NY’ers will now clamor to toss Joba back into the ‘pen!!!! Not Hughes.
Nevermind the fact that Mo’s heir apparent (Mark Melancon) looked very good last night in a brief 1 inning outing…
Posted 04/29 at 09:55 AM
Soto has me worried. Really worried. As both a diehard Cub fan and as someone who has him in about 7 fantasy leagues.
Posted 04/29 at 11:01 AM
Who needs Joba in the pen when the Yanks could bring back the Fat Toad OR his fellow Armada teammate:
Posted 04/29 at 11:14 AM
APBA Guy said...
The Beloved A’s need to find the source of their afflictions, and soon. Three of the 4 injuries last night were calf strains, with Ellis and Garciaparra both headed for the DL. Garciaparra fought this same type of injury all last year, nearly retired, but gave it another go.
Beane no doubt understands that the team is a year, maybe two from being good again, based on the development of the young pitchers. Putting these aging, injury prone players on the field provides some name recognition and adds casual fans to attendance totals, something Oakland desperately needs.
But Ellis and Casilla battling calf strains may say something more about the conditioning program, as in too little stretching, except that both have been injury prone over the past few years.
Oakland is going to need some guys who can stay healthy and hit. Holliday was supposed to be one of those guys, at least as a 4 month rental, but right now he looks like he still has his bags packed waiting for Boras to call with news on his FA contract. Boras may be telling him that he can get Texeira kind of money, but another month of zero home runs and everybody will be saying “Coors hitter” out loud, not just in the whispers you hear now.
Posted 04/29 at 12:30 PM
I don’t what they’re doing letting the pitchers field the ball. Don’t they know that these guys are specialists and shouldn’t be forced to do things like this.
They’ll just get hurt. The next thing you know, someone will be expecting them to take a turn at bat.
Shouldn’t someone be designated to field the ball for them?
Posted 04/29 at 05:04 PM
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