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Thursday, August 20, 2009
And That HappenedBraves 15, Mets 2: Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the second inning after five runs had already scored. And guess what: THE BRAVES DIDN'T SCORE ANOTHER RUN IN THAT INNING AFTER THE HOMER. They're rally-killers, dude. Avoid the home run at all costs. Bright side for Mets fans: Bobby Parnell didn't get near that 85 pitch count they're saying he's on: he was in the showers after 71 thrown in three innings.
White Sox 4, Royals 2: Jose Contreras allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked only one. Zack Greinke only allowed six hits himself -- and three of them were rally-killing home runs -- but Greinke lost anyway.
Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 1: Cliff Lee (CG 2 H, 0 ER, 11K) is like a one-man army, like Charlton Heston in "Omega Man." You ever see it? Beauty.
Pirates 3, Brewers 1: Paul Maholm is basically indestructible. In the fourth inning. Mike Cameron hit a liner off Maholm's pitching arm and it bounced off right to the second baseman, who threw Cameron out. In the eighth inning, Alcides Escobar hit one off of Maholm's shin, and he too was thrown out on the play. Maholm stayed in the game for another batter after that and was lifted, but it was for cause (he was tired; he gave up a single late) not injury. Final line: 7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, a couple of giant bruises when he wakes up this morning.
Rays 3, Orioles 1: Three solo homers and a solid start by Jeff Niemann. You know, I don't want to give any false hope here, but the Orioles are not out of the Bryce Harper race yet, sitting back of Washington a scant 4 games in the loss column as the bulldog goes to press.
Mariners 3, Tigers 1: Justin Verlander struck out ten and deserved a better fate, but Ian Snell + the Seattle bullpen pitched a little better. I've mentioned this before, but absolutely hate this kind of comment in a game story: "Verlander now has 204 strikeouts, making him the first Tigers pitcher to reach 200 since Jeremy Bonderman in 2006." Really? All the way back to 2006? Here's a suggestion: let's make all such callbacks be required to stretch back at least five years. Like "Verlander is the first Tigers pitcher whose last name starts with a V since Andy Van Hekken's September callup back in 2002.
Angels 3, Indians
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1: If, a month ago, I would have told you that would Buchholz beat Halladay in this game, you would have assumed that the Jays won, wouldn't you have?
Giants 1, Reds 0: Barry Zito and three relievers combine to shut out the Reds. The Giants' only run came when Wladimir Balentien tried to lay out for a diving catch on Nate Schierholtz's hit to the outfield -- missed it -- which allowed Edgar Renteria to score.
Rockies 5, Nationals 4: Carlos Gonzalez won't stop hitting home runs.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: Adam Wainwright was throwing a no-hitter into the sixth inning but ended up getting a no decision. The Dodgers lead in the west is now only 3.5 games over Colorado. Yikes.
Cubs 7, Padres 1: The Cubs, behind Rich Harden's seven innings of one-hit shutout ball, wake up to salvage one game of the series.
Yankees 3, Athletics 2: Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Derek Jeter stays hot. After a day off today, they're in Fenway for the weekend with a chance to bury the Red Sox for good, one would think.
Astros 6, Marlins 3: Facts that are neat but kinda mean nothin' department: The Marlins have had ten hits for fifteen straight games, which is the longest such streak in baseball since the St. Louis Browns did it in 1937. Ten hits combined with sixteen stranded runners and three errors gets you a loss, however.
Twins 5, Rangers 4: Pudge got a big ovation, then went 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored in his first game with the Rangers. He couldn't handle a throw in a play at the plate in the sixth, however, which allowed the winning run to score.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:52am
Maybe Felix Pie is the Chosen One, and we just haven’t figured it out yet.
Posted 08/20 at 12:53 PM
APBA Guy said...
Boy, I’m still on the Conspiracy of Evil thing from yesterday, with sightings of Angelos and Ted Lerner rushing to attend the monthly meeting, and you guys are off on a new tangent. News travels slowly out here to the West Coast.
Anyway, Geren was back at it yesterday, with a lineup featuring Mark Ellis batting 3rd (.746 OPS) and Kurt Suzuki cleanup (.725). Lower down he had Landon Powell, Jack Cust, and Tommy Everidge back-to-back, a group that might lose a relay race to the Molina Bros.
Amazing the Yanks only won by 1, except A-Rod was distracted by the presence of Kate Hudson, who spent the game at the Mausoleum without actually touching anything.
Posted 08/20 at 01:13 PM
Kahuna Tuna said...
Record of the ‘37 Browns in those 15 consecutive games where they had 10+ hits: Six wins, nine losses. As Vin Scully likes to say, that’s not where the payoff window is.
Posted 08/20 at 11:51 PM
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