1965 The Twins' Jim Kaat pitched a four-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox.1991 Randy Milligan hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Orioles a 6-5 victory and end the Twins' team-record 15-game winning streak. Milligan's hit was set up when the Twins' chose to [...]
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Fantastic game tonight, if you’re a Dodgers fan. The Dodgers overcame a great performance by Athletic’s rookie Dallas Braden. who seemed to have our number early on. Until consecutive doubles by Blake and Loney got us ahead 2 - 0.
Clayton Kershaw struggled but battled his way through five and two-thirds of rough innings to give him a pitch count of 105, BUT no earned runs. Ramon Troncoso torched the joint giving up 4 earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
A rally in the 10th allowed Matt Kemp to come through with a clutch RBI single in the 10th to give the Dodgers a 5 - 4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Despite James Loney grounding into a double play right before that.
We just seem to keep coming through in so many clutch situations. We’ve seen it over and over again this season. I see some very good signs with this team. They have faced adversity in both batting (That Guy’s ‘Time Out’)) and pitching (Kuroda, Kuo), yet they have overcome these adversities and have risen to become the best team in baseball so far this season.
I wanted to show everyone why I think Twitter is so great. I keep commenting and telling everyone to follow us on Twitter. I just love it for all of the live, real-time, stream of communication that it has. But here is what I saw from all of the people that I follow on Twitter right after tonight’s game…
I love Ramona Shelburne’s comment above….
The Yankees swatted the pesky Nats. of Washington at the Stadium Tuesday night. Baseball's foil to[...]
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We are lucky enough to have a SWB report from BigGuy tonight.
He won't be doing these all the time by when he does I will
post them. Thanks BG for the great contributions.
(Triple-A) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (40-25) beat Toledo (28-37) 7-3: Box Score - Recap
PITCHING: Kei Igawa got the start for SWB, and picked up his 6th win against 1 loss. Toledo broke out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on a solo homer. Igawa shutout Toledo until the 7th when he loaded the bases after 1 out on 2 singles and a walk. He was relieved by Melancon. Igawa's line: 6.1 IP, 2 runs, 6 hits, 8 K--3 walks, 97 pitches--67 strikes, 4 groundout--7 flyouts.
BULLPEN: Mark Melancon relieved Igawa with the bases loaded and 1 out. He got a groundout but a run scored, charged to Igawa. He struck out the next batter to end the inning. SWB held a 7-2 lead. Melancon gave up an unearned run to make it 7-3 in the 8th on 2 singles and an error. He tossed a perfect 9th with 2 flyouts to center and a groundout to 3rd. 2.2 IP, 1 unearned run, 2 hits, 2 K's---0 BB, 37 pitches--24 strikes.
OFFENSE: The Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the 4th. Cody Ransom reached on an error. Juan Miranda singled, John Rodriguez blasted a 3-run homer (12). The Yanks scored 4 runs in the 5th. Kevin Russo, Austin Jackson and Ransom singled. Russo was thrown out at the plate. Shelley Duncan walked to load the bases. Miranda delivered a 2-run single. Rodriguez and Justin Leone followed with RBI singles to give the Yanks a 7-1 lead at that point.
NOTES: John Rodriquez rejoined the team after missing a few games and was the hitting star. Reliever Jose Valdez was sent to Trenton.
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More photos » by David Zalubowski - AP
about 3 hours ago: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa reacts after giving up a solo home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Gabe Kapler in the third inning of an interleague baseball game in Denver on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. De La Rosa was pulled from the game after the play. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Twelve runs, seventeen hits, and five home runs later, the streak is gone. Just like that. If it wasn't already well known that days off kill Rockies winning streaks, it's definitely well known now.
BJ Upton, Ben Zobrist, and Gabe Kapler each pounded out three hits, and Jason Bartlett and Dioner Navarro picked up two apiece as the Rays' high-powered offense dealt the previously red-hot Rockies pitching staff a heavy dose of reality. Jorge De La Rosa (bad Jorge!; 2-7) allowed the same amount of runs (7) as outs that he recorded as his severe troubles at home continued, and the normally strong bullpen duo of Randy Flores and Matt Daley each allowed two runs in an inning of work to the defending AL champs. A couple of defensive bung-ups - most notably Ian Stewart's blunder on a Gabe Kapler foul pop fly that was immediately followed by a two-run triple - certainly didn't help.
Offensively, Brad Hawpe (who is now hitting .342) and Clint Barmes each had two hits, and that was about it for the Rockies. As a team, they only had eight hits despite chasing Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann after five innings. Todd Helton was arguably the biggest offender as far as offensive struggles are concerned, as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and saw 14 pitches - total. Helton has seen 14 pitches in numerous individual at bats over the course of his career, so that says something about how the Rays' pitchers were able to handle him.
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Tomorrow: Tampa Bay's rookie phenom David Price will face Aaron Cook. Same time, same place...different result? Let's hope so. I still have a good feeling that the Rockies end this series with a .500 record, and end the home stand as a team with a winning record.
If you want to hear some good news, Franklin Morales held one of the PCL's best offenses completely at bay - in a hitter's park - for the Sky Sox tonight (though, the offense didn't help him and the Springs eventually lost 1-0). Plus, according to the stadium gun, he was back into the low-to-mid 90's on his fastball. More in tomorrow's Pebble Report...
Don't panic, and GO ROCKIES!
I'm sure royhobbs, shown above rocking his awesome Failcouer shirt, will have a writeup of his own, and I in no way mean to steal any of his thunder with my post. Personally, I love reading his writeups and have no doubt his take on thing will be completely different from my own.
So, this past Saturday night, the Braves played the O's in Baltimore, Kenshin Kawakami vs. Rich Hill, but, more importantly, it was Talking Chop Meetup Day. As you've probably already seen from royhobb's fanshot, those in attendance included myself, the infamous bigjoe, the incourrigable Smoltz's Beard, the indefensible royhobbs, and the iglooish mvandonsel.
The night got off to a fun start as bigjoe, Smoltz's Beard, and I did a little pregaming at the hotel before heading over to O'Shea's Irish Pub and drinking more. The boys gave me a hard time for the fact that I dont' drink, but gave it to me a little worse after I got into an involved conversation with the bartender about books. "Are you talking about Twilight?" a happily buzzed Beard shouted at me. Whatever, if Baltimore wasn't such a pisshole I'd move there and marry that bartender. She was super cute, reheaded, and appreciated Chuck Palahniuk.
During our mile long walk to Camden Yards, an incredibly well educated Orioles fan noticed Smoltz's Beard's Chipper Jones shirt and said, quite intelligently, "Chipper Jones? What, is he playing from a retirement home? How old is he?" I have, of course, cleared up his stuttering and stammering to make his remarks easier to read. The Beard quickly replied that Chipper only won the batting title last season and was 2nd in OPS in all of baseball to the Almight Pujols. I went a step further and added that Chipper is already better than Cal Ripken Jr. ever was. I know, it's sacriligious to suggest that in Baltimore, but screw 'em, check the numbers.
Cal Ripken Jr.: 20+ seasons, .276 AVG, .340 OBP, .447 SLG, .787 OPS, 431 HR, 1695 RBI, 1647 R, 3001 games played.
Chipper Jones: 14+ seasons, .310 AVG, .408 OPB, .547 SLG, .955 OPS, 416 HR, 1405 RBI, 1406 R, 2076 games played.
Sorry Cal, Chipper's not going to play as long, but his counting stats will probably be better and his percentage stats are so much better it's ridiculous. Of course, the big dummy countered that Cal was The Iron Man, causing me to reply, "It's easy to play every day when you're on steroids." Even Chipper asked me to pump the brakes on that one:
I also added that it was easy to look good when you were playing next to guy like Chris Hoiles. So, ironically enough, after about five minutes inside the park, this guy walked by:
What the hell? Members of Chris Hoiles' family don't have a jersey with his name on it!
The game was going great; we met up with royhobbs and his friends and hung out behind the right field wall, even though I was really the only one tall enough to see over it. The boys took great joy in yelling obsenities and scathing commentaries over the wall at #7, the barbs ranging from the hilarious to the inappropriate. But trust me, you don't really know the proper way to say "Fuck You Francoeur" until you hear Smotlz's Beard yell it.
Of course, Monseiur Franz ended up getting the better of us, finishing with three hits, including a two run double off the base of the centerfield wall. Nobody really minded though; in fact, we all agreed that if it takes harrassing FYF to get him to play well, then so be it.
Through the first three innings an increasingly happy bigjoe kept screaming "Where's my Eskimo?" in anticipation of mvandonsel's arrival. I told him to be patient; it takes a while to hook the dogs up to the sled and it's hard to navigate the streets of Baltimore on skis. mvandonsel did finally show up, wearing a pullover jacket off all things. He quickly discovered that he was overdressed, asking, "Is it always this humid on the East Coast?" as he took off the pullover.
Not long after our erstwhile Eskimo's arrival, we were joined by another, less welcome fan, a man who we either referred to as Lt. Dan, or, my personal preference, Sgt. Leopard. Think of Shipwreck from G.I. Joe mashed with the gay sailor from The Village People, mixed with a leopard. And he says "cocksucker" a lot. The guy was brutal; he's the dude at the party who doesn't get the hint that you don't want to talk to him, even though you walk away every time he comes near you.
So with all our TCers, and even a straggling weirdo, we settled in to watch some Braves baseball, and, in true TC fashion, we were rowdy enough that several completely ineffective ushers were forced to ask us to settle down. But, all was not well in the TC nation, as the Braves managed to work together as a team to blow the lead and get drubbed by the third worst team in baseball. One Talking Chop member was so disgusted with this turn of events that he decided to vomit in several sections of Camden Yards as a form of passive protest:
The game on Sunday was certainly bad enough to make us want to vomit, as only Cody Ross seemed to have shown up to play that day. Fortunately for royhobbs (driving back home) and Smoltz's Beard (beer coma), they didn't have to witness it, but bigjoe, mavandonsel, and I did. Since the game was a stinker, I just tried to focus on getting some nice pictures of the players, and I think I got some decent ones:
Since we were just hanging out and having some fun (and since Major League games are the suck for autographs) I didn't really make a point of trying to get any autographs or talk to any of the guys, but I did get to catch up with Tommy Hanson for a minute:
When I turned back to bigjoe, he was just kind of staring at me. Finally, he asked, "Did you just have a conversation with Tommy Hanson?" Sure, why not? Remember, we might love them for what they can do on a ballfield, but they're just folks. The first time I met Tommy, he was just another player on the Danville team, and still a couple of years from really even being thought of as a prospect. Always take a chance to go see one of our Minor League affiliates play, and if you do, make sure to talk with some of the guys. They're all good dudes, and it's an amazing feeling to see them in a Big League stadium.
Another guy I met for the first time that same day in Danville was Kris Medlen. He didn't pitch that great on Sunday, but nobody did, and it was still awesome to see him pitching in the bigs:
One of our hopes for the weekend was to see Barbaro Canizares hit his first ML homer. It didn't happen, but I did get this sweet picture of him rosining up his bat:
Another picture I really loved was this one of Diory Hernandez:
Not only is it cool cause he pretty much put himself in a perfect position for me to take the picture while he was running in to the dugout, but check out the name on the glove: Eric Campbell! I guess he did make it to the majors.
I had a blast this weekend and if you can ever make it to a Talking Chip Meetup, I'd suggest you do. What's not to love about Braves baseball and good people? And sure, we lost both games, but it's not about how you perform, it's about how professional you are doing it:
Gwinnett @ Indianapolis - Postponed
Mississippi - Off
Lynchburg 0, Myrtle Beach 1 - Game 1 - 7 Innings
All but two guys in the Pelicans lineup had a hit, but no one had more than one, but Eric Cordier didn't need much help tonight. Is Cordier still a prospect? Well he has a good arm, but he still hasn't gotten his control back since coming back from Tommy John surgery. At 23 years old he needs to prove this year that he can pitch above A ball for me to really consider him part of the future. But at this point he is in the same boat that Jeff Locke was, seemingly blocked in front and pushed from behind.
Lynchburg 10, Myrtle Beach 3 - Game 2 - 7 Innings
The pitching in this game was attrocious but good ol' Frederick Freeman got back on his power horse. Freddie hasn't been at all bad this season but it was going on over a month and a half since he last went yard and I was starting to wonder what was up. Also one of his homers came against a left hander which is significant because Freddie struggles a little against LHP. This excites me when not much going on in the minors excites me right now. Still no Heyward.
Savannah 6, Rome 3
This was really Brett DeVall's first bad start of the season. He just made a couple of bad mistakes by giving up two 2 Run homers in the 4th and 5th innings. They are the first two he has given up this seaosn so I will let it slide. But next time there will be hell to pay.
1985 Topps Traded Vince ColemanIt’s very rare that a single baseball card can capture the essence of a player in the same way that this 1985 Topps Traded Vince Coleman rookie card has done. Vince was a runner – pure and simple. This card’s picture captures that perfectly and is by far the greatest card [...]
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