Thursday, June 26, 2008

And That Happened

Rays 15, Marlins 3: ESPN.com's play-by-play account of games uses a green font for run-scoring plays, and a red font for pitching changes. After their ten-run explosion, the Rays' half of the fifth inning looks like a frog in a blender.

Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 0: Tim Wakefield on the mound brought double-dividends. For one thing, he dominated (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER). For another thing, his presence meant the absence of Jason Varitek and his .131/.185/.197 June bat. Well, actually Kevin Cash is worse than Varitek in June, but at least he hit a three run homer in this one.

Braves 4, Brewers 2: Where would the Braves be without Jorge Campillo? Tonight he goes seven, gives up only two runs on four hits and goes 2-3 with a couple of runs at the plate. Given how poorly they've played recently, it's hard to fathom that the Braves are only 4 games behind the Phillies right now. Not that it will last. Interleague play will be over soon, so I guess someone on the NL East will have to start winning games again.

Giants 4, Indians 1: Tomorrow night I'm going to see the Reds and Indians play. This looked like a much better matchup back when the schedule came out. I mean, when you only score one run off of Barry Zito, you need to take a long look in the mirror.

Yankees 10, Pirates 0: In two games, the Yankees have outscored the Pirates 15-12. If the Pirates win 2-0 or something tonight, this series truly will be a tribute to the 1960 World Series, at least as far as run differential goes. Joba (6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7K) seems to be growing into his big boy pants quite nicely.

Nationals 5, Angels 4: Jesus Flores singles in the game winner in the ninth giving Jon Rauch -- who coughed up a lead in the eighth -- a nice little vulture win.

Mets 8, Mariners 2: Miguel Batista walked five guys and gave up eight runs in less than three innings. Given his artistic gifts, however, he will no doubt turn the experience into an epic cycle of poems meditating on love, loss, and mortality.

Reds 6, Blue Jays 5: This game was bad for the Jays for two reasons. First, because they lost in extra innings. Second because, after the game, Adam Dunn called J.P. Ricciardi and asked him if his refrigerator was running.

Royals 4, Rockies 2: The Royals playing the NL are like the old people Scatman Crothers turned young in the "Kick the Can" segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. They're having so much fun right now, but soon they will realize that they have responsibilities in the real world. The old people had families and friends they would miss if they stayed young. The Royals have beatings to accept at the hands of the Red Sox and Angels and such.

Cubs 7, Orioles 4: Jim Edmonds in June: .346/.407/.712. I suppose I need to take back those cadaver jokes I was making a few weeks ago.

Rangers 3, Astros 2: There were more hits in the Astros clubhouse yesterday afternoon than there were during the game.

Twins 9, Padres 3: That little hint of a run San Diego teased us with a couple of weeks ago was clearly an illusion. Brendan Harris gets his second more or less game-winning home run in as many games.

Phillies 4, A's 0: Kyle Kendrick (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER) clearly doesn't have that ninth inning mindset. Maybe they should have started J.C. Romero instead.

Dodgers 5, White Sox 0: Eric Stults, on the other hand clearly does (CG, 4 H, 0 ER).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

APBA Guy-

Mark Ellis returns to the Position of Death (leadoff) for the beloved A's and goes 0-4, then announces that contract extension talks have begun, after slyly letting slip during the weekend's Arizona series that yes, he lives in Phoenix, and yes, O-Dog is probably on his way out of town.

Timing is everything.

Jason said...

Didn't the Tigers play last night? YES, and they WON. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

5 back.

Dre said...

@APBA

what type of contract is Ellis looking for? years/$?

My naive mind would think something along the lines of 3/$15M.

Jake said...

What, no Todd Jones/Magglio Ordonez references? Not even a MENTION of the STL-DET game? What, were you sleeping or something?!?

jsut kidding, bro...

Anonymous said...

APBA Guy-

Dre-he's at $ 5M per, and 31 yo. Rumor has it his agent wants $ 24M/3, which is Castillo NYC money. Anywhere else I think he'll be looking at $ 18M+/3.. Middle infielders tend to deteriorate past 30, but his legs have never been an issue. He's 11th at .770 OPS on ESPN 2b stats, so eevn that money might be a stretch with the 3rd year guaranteed.