There were four games postponed yesterday due to inclement weather. Now I can’t speak for all four locations, but does anyone know why the Mets-Marlins game in New York was postponed? Did someone crash the Madden Cruiser into Citi Field?
Because the weather here was fine in the sense that it was, you know, not raining. Mets manager Terry Collins and his reaction of “are you kidding?” pretty much sums it up. And Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez also wondered aloud why they played in rain the day before, but opted not to play in a non-rain setting. As usual, decisions made in the area of Flushing, Queens continue to make little if any sense.
Yankees 6, Rays 2 — A-Rod went deep twice, and Jorge Posada went 2-for-3. All is right with the Yankees now, but that’s usually what happens when stopper Ivan Nova takes the mound. James Shields took his first loss since opening day, though he didn’t pitch all that terribly: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
Braves 3, Astros 1, 11 innings — It was looking like an Astros win until Brian McCann decided to work on his off day. He came off the bench in the ninth to tie the game with a pinch-hit, two-out home run, then launched a two-run shot in the 11th to win it. Houston fans have former Yankee reliever Mark Melancon to thank for the blown save. What’s amazing is the Astros still have two more wins than the Twins.
Cards 2, Phils 1 — Lance Berkman hit a bases loaded single in the ninth for the walkoff win. Have you seen his numbers? Ridiculous. I’m patiently waiting for those digits to politely leap off a cliff. The Phillies have lost a season high four straight games.
Rockies 5, Giants 3 — Ubaldo Jimenez finally wasn’t awful. He went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out seven. The Rockies rallied for four runs in the eighth thanks in part to a Jonathan Sanchez throwing error and just plain bad relief pitching from Javier Lopez.
Indians 7, Royals 3 — “It’s been remarkable the amount of quality starts we have gotten out of these guys,” said Manny Acta. Yes, Manny, yes it has. Travis Hafner’s bat continues to be engulfed in flames.
Twins 2, Mariners 1 — The nine-game losing streak is over. The Twinkies managed to snap the streak with Frank Liriano (7 IP, 1 ER) outdueling King Felix (8 IP, 2 ER). Here are some thoughtful words from some legendary Twins on the passing of Harmon Killebrew.
A’s 14, Angels 0 — It was the Angels turn to be the Royals yesterday, but the beating was spread rather evenly as both Tyler Chatwood and Kevin Jepsen each gave up five earned runs. Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez was quite the opposite. He went seven splendid shutout innings of one-hit ball.
Dodgers 3, Brewers 0 — Matt Kemp hit a two-run shot in the first and that’s all starter Hiroki Kuroda would need. Kemp is having a delightful comeback season but no one seems to give a shit.
Reds 7, Cubs 5 — Hey, the Cubs blew another lead late in the game. This is almost as surprising as finding out that the hair on top of Uncle Lewis’s head was in a fact, a toupee. And we must give credit where credit is due, Kerry Wood’s hilarious throw into left field absolutely deserves a 9 out of 10 on the baseball comedy scale.
White Sox 4, Rangers 3 — The first thing I heard when I put on MLB Network’s Quick Pitch this morning was, “you can put it on the booooooooooard, yiiiii-eeeeeeeeeeeessss, yiiiii-eeeeeeeeeeeessss!!!” I will never escape the wrath of Hawk Harrelson.
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