Sunday, July 13, 2008

Weekend recap; A look ahead


Another weekend has come and gone, so let's take a look back on all of the Bad Baseball left in its wake.

Friday: The Astros and Nationals met in a game that both wished ended the whole season, not just the first half. For Houston, Dave Borkowski was particularly bad; he allowed seven runs on five hits over two innings. It was effectively just mop up work, as Chad Poronto had already secured the loss. He allowed three runs over two and a third innings of work . . . Jon Garland was hit hard by the A's in his losing effort for the Angels. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Saturday: The Red Sox jumped all over Orioles starter Radhames Liz; he allowed eight runs on six hits in two and a third innings pitched . . . Phillies starter Adam Eaton struggled against the Diamondbacks. He was pounded for eight runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched . . . I knew Eric Gagne had made an appearance in the Reds - Brewers matchup when I noticed Cincinnati scored four runs in the ninth inning. I was right; he allowed four runs on four hits . . . The Royals scored two runs in the ninth to beat the Mariners. Seattle closer Brandon Morrow allowed two runs on one hit.

Sunday: The Sunday before the All-Star break must be like the Wednesday before a four day Thanksgiving holiday weekend for ball players. Players want a break or to get settled in the All-Star game host city; anything but another long, hot afternoon of baseball. But I digress. Around the league: The Phillies scored four runs in the eighth inning in their comeback win against the Diamondbacks. Chad Qualls was the loser for Arizona; he allowed four runs on four hits in a third of an inning . . . Pittsburgh reliever Franquelis Ororia had a bit of a meltdown against the Cardinals. He allowed four runs on four hits in a third of an inning. Very Chad Qualls-esque, I know . . . In Milwaukee, C.C. Sabathia kept the game out of the bullpen's hands against the Reds - he threw all nine innings . . . The White Sox and Rangers must've given their pitching staffs an early start on their vacations. The two offenses combined for 23 runs and 39 hits . . . A's closer Huston Street was unable to put away the Angels; he was lit up for two runs on three hits in his inning of work, blowing a save in the process . . . The Padres limped into the break, getting pounded Sunday by the Braves for 12 runs. Pretty much every pitcher who appeared contributed to the mess.

We're halfway there! Some teams, like the Rays, have proven to be legit threats. Others, like the previously mentioned Padres, are already looking ahead to next season. But there's still alot of baseball left, so a lot can happen.

As for the week ahead? Instead of a featured matchup, let's recognize Wednesday as the worst day in all of sports, because virtually no action will take place.

Because even bad baseball is better than no baseball.

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