Sunday, June 29, 2008
A look ahead, a look back
Another weekend has come and gone, leaving plenty of Bad Baseball in it's wake. Lets recap...
Friday: The Mets jumped all over the cross town Yankees in the first of their three game in the interleague Subway Series. Dan Giese started for the Yanks and allowed six runs on five hits in four innings of work. Not to be outdone, Ross Ohlendorf managed to give up six runs on five hits in just an inning and a third of relief. . . In the second Yanks-Mets game of the day, Yankees starter Sidney Ponson embarrassed the Mets, throwing six shut out innings of ball. Kei Igawa also made a scoreless appearance. The Mets must've been tired . . .Cubs starter Ryan Dempster struggled against the White Sox; he allowed eight runs on seven hits in just two and a third innings pitched.
Saturday: It was a slugfest in Houston for the Red Sox - Astros game. The two teams combined for 21 runs and 27 hits. The Astros came away on top 11-10, if you're wondering . . . There were blown saves from both sides in the Rockies - Tigers game. First up was Detroit closer Todd Jones; he allowed four runs on five hits while recording just two outs. Didn't matter, because he was bailed out by his offense as the Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Rockies closer Brian Fuentes; Fuentes allowed the two runs on two hits, picking up both his fourth blown save of the year and his third loss.
Sunday: Brandon Lyon blew his third save of the year for the Diamondbacks against the Marlins. He allowed two runs on three hits in the 9th . . . A's starter Joe Blanton lost his 11th game of 2008 in his start against the Giants. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Lots of Bad Baseball in the bay area, apparently; Blanton and Barry Zito both have 11 losses on the year . . . The 32-51 Padres were swept by the 31-50 Mariners. Sunday's losing pitcher Jake Peavy surrendered 10 hits before handing the ball over to reliever Bryan Corey, who allowed four runs on four hits without recording an out. I have a feeling their race for the worst record in '08 will come down to the wire.
I feel like I need to wash my hands after recapping that mess . . . ok, all clean. Lets look ahead to this week's Bad Baseball game of the week: Wednesday night, Padres at Rockies in a battle for last place in the NL West. What, you expected me to point out Zito's start Monday night against the Cubs? Let's just say it's an honorable mention. But Randy Wolf (Padres; 5-7, 4.13 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies; 2-8, 4.71 ERA) is too ugly to pass up.