Miguel Olivo was horrible today. 0-for-3 with two strikeouts to bring his season K:BB to 53:2. I didn't think I'd see anyone eclipse Todd Greene's 2003 in that regard. And yet, here we are. Do people still think that Buck's adequacy is worse than Olivo's brand of hopelessness?
We let Tug Hulett into the game today. We'll probably demote him tomorrow. Not that it's incrediby relevant to this particular game, but baseball isn't much of a meritocracy when it comes to the 25th man types. Willie Bloomquist is a millionaire and Hulett is probably thrilled to be receiving a major league paycheck for once. Please let me know if you can find a difference between the two players that's worth a two-year, multimillion deal.
Luis Hernandez pinch hit. Which is just amazing. Just go back and read up on the Camden Chat threads when Hernandez was the starting SS for the O's last year. Fun stuff.
Luis Hernandez had a hit and an RBI. He probably DOES work the count better than Olivo!
We're now 8-6 in games that the Cy Young frontrunner has pitched.
Aaron Cook out-dueled 2007 #1 overall pick David Price for seven innings. Cook allowed two of the three runs on back-to-back solo shots by Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria in the fifth. But that ended the scoring for the night. Manny Corpas and Huston Street sealed the deal, with Street recording his 14th save.
The real thing to take from this game is really to ask this simple question: How do you allow Pay Burrell to steal a base?
Francisco Cordero walked a batter with one out in the 9th, but then got McLouth to ground out and Escobar to fly out to close out his 16th save of the season.
Bruce now has a modest 4-game hitting streak. It's not much, but it's there.
Rhodes had his first plate appearance since June 12, 2001 when he struck out on 3 pitches. He had the same result tonight.
Reds 1-5 hitters were 0-for-17 tonight. The offense managed just 4 hits on the night, and 3 of them were by the 8th and 9th hitters. It was the 5th time in the last 6 games that the offense has managed 6 or fewer hits.
Despite Masset's struggles tonight, the bullpen continues to be outstanding. Rhodes, David Weathers, and Cordero have been virtually automatic this season.
Garrett Olson gave up two home runs and never was in any real danger of losing. That's because his Seattle Mariners were playing the struggling San Diego Padres, who are having trouble simply scraping together hits, let alone winning interleague games. Olson and three relievers held San Diego to four hits in a 4-3 win [...]
Trevor Hoffman hasn't blown many four-run leads, especially in games his team wins. Slumping J.J. Hardy homered early and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.
Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer and the decisive run scored on an error as the Seattle Mariners beat San Diego 4-3 on Wednesday night, extending the Padres' major league-record interleague losing streak to 13. Garrett Olson and three relievers held San Diego to four hits. The Padres have lost 10 straight games to the [...]
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