May 23, 2011

Foul Ball: Interleague!

San Francisco 5, Oakland 4, 11 Innings: If you told me at the beginning of the year Nate Schierholtz, Darren Ford, and Emmanuel Burriss would play a part in a Giants victory at the beginning of the season, I would have thought you were crazy. But that's exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon. Nate Schierholtz tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-run home run. Then in the eleventh inning, light hitting Darren Ford singled and stole a base to set up the game-winning run. Emmanuel Burriss singled to right field which set up an incredible finish to the game with Ford barely sliding under Kurt Suzuki's tag to score the winning run of the game.

Cleveland 12, Cincinnati 4: So much for Cleveland fading away after their great start. The Indians have the majors best record and have an incredible 18-4 record at home. I still think they'll fade a little once they start playing more games away from home. I believe the hitting will be there all season, but I think their pitching might fall off. Won't matter right now though since they have a seven game lead over the Tigers for first place.

Milwaukee 3, Colorado 1: I'm happy anytime the Rockies lose and are swept. I'm really happy that Ubaldo Jimenez still doesn't have a victory on the year. I'm ecstatic that the Giants are now 3.5 games ahead of the Rockies in the NL West. So much for the Rockies "wrapping" up the division in April.

Yankees 9, Mets 3: The Mets actually led this game by two runs and then the seventh inning happened. The Yankees scored eight runs in the seventh on four singles and a double. Crushing. If the Yankees beat them on home runs, I wouldn't be upset. But to get beat by singles and one double, that would make me outright depressed. 

Toronto 3, Houston 3: The Astros bullpen didn't blow a save! That should be a cause of celebration in Houston tonight. The Astros bullpen has only blown 11 saves this year so far.

Florida 0, Tampa Bay 4: Get ready to start reading/hearing James Shields AL Cy Young stories. Shields pitched his second complete game of the year on Sunday limiting the Marlins to only three hits and one walk on the afternoon while striking out thirteen batters. Matt Joyce continues to make fantasy owners happy by driving in his 24th run of the season.

Philadelphia 0, Texas 2: Amazing that the Phillies and Giants are basically in the same boat. Great pitching, piss poor offense. Matt Harrison out of all people shut down the Phillies offense. Philly was able to get guys on base (they had 8 people reach base) but stranded all the runners. The Rangers have their own problems on offense but thankfully for them Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz return this week.

Kansas City 8, St. Louis 9, 10 Innings: The Royals gave up 13 walks to the Cardinals on Sunday, including five to Colby Rasmus alone. Rasmus fifth walk would be the deciding run as he took four straight balls with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals the lead and eventually the victory.

Chicago 8, Los Angeles 3: The White Sox are finally on the right track. The good guys have now won 11 out of 15 and are now nine games out of first. There's still a lot of season left for the White Sox to catch up to the Indians. Alexei Ramirez had the big day with a home run, two doubles, and five RBIs. 

Alexei Ramirez Quote: From the AP: “It feels just like it’s in Cuba. So it’s just like down there, you just come out and play,” Ramirez said through a translator. I guess you could compare the south side of Chicago to Cuba..........

Boston 5, Chicago 1: You have to hand it to old timer Tim Wakefield. He's in his mid-40's and continues to pitch. Wakefield making his third start of the season because of injuries to Boston Starters, shut down the Cubs in 6 2/3 innings giving up only four hits and one run. Boston needs to sign Jamie Moyer now and have a pitching staff that features two pitchers who are a combined 92 years old.

San Diego 1, Seattle 6: I appreciate the fact the Padres like to honor the nearby military bases by wearing cammo jersey's. But these jersey's are awful and brought them no luck against King Felix Hernandez. King Felix went eight innings giving up just one run and six hits, but also struck out 13 batters. Carlos Peguero and Brenden Ryan drove in two runs for the Mariners.

Create a Caption: Three deep thinkers. 
Video of the Day: You have to love spring training brawls. 

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