Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Games, Games, Games
Braves 3, Angels 2Nothing to report here, other than no player got ejected for violating MLB's silly and clearly ill-considered zero-tolerance policy on hit batsmen. Byrd did a fair job versus his old team, but not enough given his run support level, and that was all.
Tigers 8, Dodgers 4
I've never been to heaven but at leastThe full depth of the Dodgers chronic inability to seal the deal gets daily more frustrating to watch. Two years ago, a two run lead was money in the bank. Now, it's like scattering a hundred grand in Franklins on the street: sure, you'll get some of it back, but....
I've read about love-- Richard Thompson, "Read About Love"
The best thing to happen through the whole game -- aside from yet another frustration-packed outing for Derek Thompson, who should have gotten another win -- was zero frames for rookie Franquelis Osoria and not-so-rookie Carrara. In one of those tragedies that seems to happen whenever somebody tries to be fair with earned runs, Osoria still got tagged with a blown save, though he wasn't in line to get one in the first place. (There ought to be a blown hold statistic for middle relievers, which would be better.) I'm sure FJT will have a field day with bullpen usage; you just don't bring in the worthless Erickson in a tie situation, and especially not against a future Hall-of-Famer. Erickson needs to be released so Tracy won't be tempted to use him. We now have an answer to "who could be better", and that guy is Osoria.
The Tigers also lost shortstop Carlos Guillen when he popped a hamstring; he's listed as day-to-day.
Cleveland 2, Padres 0Watch Trevor Hoffman for a frame or two, Dodger fans, and behold the future of Eric Gagné. The Pads and Indians held each other in scoreless deathlock through 10 frames; uncharacteristically, Cleveland broke through against previously stone cold closer Trevor Hoffman.
This was the INHD game tonight, and as Sean says, everything else looks like total crap in comparison. After Tracy made it clear he had no intention of winning the game, I flipped back to the Pads game, which they lost in a manner that doesn't bode well for any postseason hopes they might have.
The Fallen Brand Name: Brewers 2, Yankees 1Two years ago, the Cubs played and beat the Yankees in interleague play, fueling their fans' belief that they could go all the way, finally, finally, finally. The Brewers probably harbor no such illusions, but whipping the Yanks behind a 2-hit performance by Ben Sheets must make them feel awfully good. The Yankees as a measure of greatness ever recedes from the Bronx, and Steinbrenner claws at the dust just behind it.