So many good games last night and I have to be at work at 0730! Let’s not waste any time with first names and introductions and jump right in, shall we?
Padres manager did some sinnin’ last night as he popped his manager cherry last night: he was ejected for the first time during his career in his team’s 5 – 4 win over the Cubs. He was rung up arguing balk reversals and I’m guessing he called the umpire the one thing you never call an umpire.
I do not blame Green for arguing. A balk was called on GI disorder and pitcher Colin Rea. One, it didn’t look like a balk. Two, the call was then reversed, only then to be reversed AGAIN, allowing McCutchen to score. Balks are a bit subjective and the whole thing was kinda bullshit.
Derek Norris, Wil Myers, and Adam Rosales supported their team’s effort with the long ball.
I literally laughed out loud when I read this: Frenchy and Tyler Flowers combined for five RBIs against former Braves pitcher Alex Wood… 2005 called. It wants its sentence back. And 2005 called again. It wants this joke back. And stop calling me, 2005. I don’t pick up the phone or listen to voice mail. Text me, you dumb ass year.
After losing 9 straight to start the season, Atlanta is hot, winning four straight, and shaking the Dodgers all night long in a 8 – 1 win over the much better on paper Dodgers thanks to the firepower of the mighty Jeff Francouer. I like him personally… I am still laughing.
Silver Boot ’16 is a thing? It’s a thing. Apparently, there is a rivalry in Texas between Houston and the Rangers. I didn’t even think Texas was aware they had baseball teams. Prince Fielder says it is a friendly rivalry and no one has taken anyone heads off yet. That’s a good thing, I guess. I liked heated rivalries though. They are fun. We’ll get to a couple of those in a bit. The Ranger took the first game of the series, 7 – 5, on the strength of one of Fielder’s homers. Derek Holland with the win, Tolleson with the save.
Here’s one of them heated rivalries. The Cubs and Cardinals played the second game of their series, with the Cubs putting the business to the Cardinals again, 2 – 1. Hear that, Cardinals?
Jason Hammel pitched wonderfully for ursus, allowing only one run to the Red Birds. Oh, and Heyward did this against the Cardinals to show them what they’re missing. You miss him, much? You should.
The Cubs are more than lucky. They are good. But usually, you need to be both lucky and good to win.
Speaking of being both lucky and good, my baby boy Kevin Kiermaier hit the go ahead homer run in another rivalry in Boston.
He jogged so fast around the bases, he almost lost his helmet reaching home. Every day he’s hustlin’. It’s all the scoring the Rays would need as the Rays would win the game 3 – 0 in 10 innings in this rivalry game. It’s not a storied rivalry like the Yankees – Red Sox, but there is definitely a passionate distaste between the two teams, dating back to the early Devil Rays days, when the the D-Rays were nothing but the Red Sox’s (and pretty much everyone’s) bitch, but only the Red Sox were true assholes about it because Boston. Hello. It’s in their deoxyribonucleic acid. I didn’t even have to look that up to spell it. Oh yeah! Me ftw! Really, you’re not going to high five me? Just leave me hanging, huh. It’s 0530 and I spelled that! You totally suck.
Drew Smyly pitched an absolute gem of a game. He loves pitching against this team: in his last 24 IP against Boston, he has given up 3 ER and 31 K. Joe Kelly was pulled after 4 batters early in the game. I was watching and it looked immediately like it had something to do with his shoulder or back the way he was shaking his arm. His velocity was off and he had no control. Seven of his first 20 pitches went for balls. The Red Sox are calling it a right shoulder impingement. I was really disappointed. One because I never want to see a player hurt. Also, because Kelly kinda sucks. I wanted my team to hit against him. The Red Sox bullpen matched Smyly so his wicked cutter was wasted with no run support. What a wicked game.
How good was the Rays pitching last night? Amost as good as this video. The Rays held the Sox to 1-hit in extra innings. The last time this was done was 1934.
There is no love lost between the Blue Jays and Orioles as the ornery birds faced off last night. The Blue Jays took the game, 4 – 3. Scout, I love you, man, so you may just want to skip the next paragraph. Neither one of your teams innocent, but I love it because it makes for fun watching for the rest of us. We should do a face-off position by position. Manager. Showalter is an ornery sonofabitch, but he cracks me up. Gibbons is a complete asshole. Showalter, winner. Third base. Manuel Machado is a complete player, but he’s a bit of an asshole. Josh Donaldson is amazing and the reigning MVP. Josh gets 3B. 1B. Edwin Encarnacion vs. Chris Davis. Oooooh, this is a tough one. Draw. Crap, I have to get this done, and I have so many teams left to do. Discuss this in the comments!
Pitcher last night. I am taking Stroman: Height doesn’t measure heart. HDHM. Stroman has trademarked that phrase. Do I need to pay him for that? I like it. He’s only 5’8″, practically a little person in pitching terms. I’m only 5’2″ myself. Vertically challenged. Like him, I understand what it is like to be told I can’t do something my whole life. Statistically speaking, I should have been a failure. I will show you. I’ll do it, and I’ll do it better than you too, or die trying. Stroman seems to live by that coda too. Short colored people, getting it done. He got some help from his friends, Bautista and Tulo with homers. Manny being Manny for the O’s blasted his own.
The Yankees were downed in 11 innings, as the A’s Mark Canha (awesome baseball name alert) singled in two runs. Tonight, that lonely single gets it done.
Crap, crap, crap. I am never going to finish this, and I need to get ready to work. Don’t be picky, just be happy with this quickie, ’cause I get around. 2pacalypse now don’t stop.
Brewers 6 – Twins 5 Win streak ends for the Twins.
Cleveland 3 – Mariners 2 Carrasco walks-off.
Mets 11 – Phillies 1 Everyone hit a home run for the Mets.
Reds 4 – Rockies 3 The Reds run wild on the Rockies, with 5 stolen bases in the 2nd, the most since 2010.
Royals 8 – Tigers 6 It was all Sally Perez last night, with a career high 5 RBIs.
White Sox 5 – Angels 0 All About Latos
D’backs 3 – Giants 0 San Fran has lost six of last seven. So much for even numbered years. 😉