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Saturday, May 09, 2009
Three CG's In One Day, And Hokie Joe Outpitches Grienke: Angels 1, Royals 0
Selected moments from a day featuring three complete games:
- Kendry Morales belts a double to right. He's the fifth batter Greinke's faced, and the fourth one to go to a full count. The Angels strand him at second, but you sense that Greinke's not entirely on his game tonight.
- Gary Matthews, Jr. hit a one-out double down the right field corner. It was the second extra-base hit of the game, but Erick Aybar nudged him to third on a successful sac bunt, and Figgy whacked him home on a sac fly to right. 1-0 Angels.
- Erick Aybar hits a leadoff double in the sixth — and Figgins bunt pops out to the catcher. Get that bunt down, and Aybar scores, because Izturis' groundout to first would have scored him.
- David DeJesus comes to bat in the sixth, a man on first. He bounces an 0-1 pitch to short to immediately abort the nascent rally, one of two the Royals would hit into in this game.
- Willie Bloomquist hits a high fly ball drifting slowly foul to lead off the eighth. Gary Matthews, Jr., in hot pursuit arrives just before the ball does — and lets it fall at his feet. Bloomquist then smashes the ball right at Erick Aybar, who nearly throws the ball away; it's all Kendry can do to hold on and keep it from going into the seats. E6, and another rally opens up. The weak-hitting Miguel Olivo turns up the pressure with a single that pushes Bloomquist to second, and Mike Aviles bunts both of them over to second and third with only one out. But Coco Crisp hit a smash to third; Figgy tagged out Olivo, who had alone decided to run to third. The delay cost him a 5-3 double play, as he threw but missed the first base end of the twin killing. No matter; Saunders got DeJesus on a grounder to third that required a magnificent play and a tremendous arm. Figgy had both, in the bag.
- Jose Guillen steps to the plate in the top of the ninth, one out. The crowd's still booing him, remembering his ill-mannered 2004 season. Joe quickly gets him to 1-2 but then Guillen works the count full. Guillen strikes out. Two down, and the team's cleanup batter is out of the picture with only 99 pitches on Joe's arm-odometer.
- Butler flies out. Ballgame. Shouting, hysteria, release. 1-0. Joe's outpitched the hottest starter in the league.