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Yardwork: Greg Golson's Arm; Streaking Cole Hamels

Yankees 8, Rays 7 (10 innings): Blowing a 6-0 lead on the road is inexcusable but it’s difficult to keep that close to mind after the way the Yankees finished last night’s game. Curtis Granderson made an incredible catch to end the ninth, Jorge hit an absolute bomb to take the lead in the 10th, and Greg Golson somehow gunned down Carl Crawford as he tried to tag up from second to third, to end the game. Of course, video of Golson’s throw can only be found at MLB, but it’s worth the click. It brings back memories of a young Vlad Guerrero. Jesse Barfield, too.

Phillies 2, Marlins 1: After one bad start in the middle of August, Cole Hamels has won four consecutive starts and allowed just three runs in his last 35 2/3 innings. Last night he struck out 13 and threw an Al Lieter-inspired 127 pitches. He even singled! It’s official, everyone should be scared of the Phillies.

Dodgers 1, Giants 0: Sometimes one hit is all it takes. That’s all the Dodgers got and that’s all they needed. What must be doubly painful for Giants fans is to look at the box score and learn how that one run came across the plate. Reading “C. Blake safe at first on shortstop J. Uribe’s fielding error” would make me insane. It was easily Clayton Kershaw’s (9 IP, 4 H) best start of the season.

Padres 7, Rockies 6: A couple of big fat white guys in Heath Bell and Matt Stairs were key in the late innings. Stairs, who is somehow still in professional baseball, hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Bell (1.1 IP, 2 ER) got the shaky four-out save. Every time Heath Bell’s name is mentioned, another Omar Minaya voodoo doll dies. Actually, even when Heath Bell’s name isn’t mentioned, another Omar Minaya voodoo doll dies. That’s just how it is these days.

Twins 9, White Sox 3: Denard Span and his magic loogie went 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs but who knew he was such a mercenary? “Today’s over with. We did our job today and now we’ve got to come back tomorrow and try to do the same thing and hopefully kill their dreams.” I like it. Major bonus points will be in order if, while killing their dreams, Span stomps on Hawk Harrelson’s stupid cowboy hat.

Tom Green just wanted to play some ball with the boys:

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