Monday, August 18, 2008

A look ahead, a look back

Before I recap the ridiculously bad weekend of baseball, lets take a look forward to this week's featured match up.

It's a two start week for Barry Zito (lucky Giants...), but the worst of the two clearly will be Saturday night's meaningless game against the Padres. Zito (6-15, 5.73 ERA) will face off against Cha Seung Baek (4-8, 4.99 ERA). Something tells me plenty of tickets are still available.

OK... recap time...

FRIDAY: The Cubs scored three runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Marlins. Kevin Gregg blew his seventh save, allowing the runs on two hits in his inning of work . . . Carlos Silva fell to 4-14 for the hapless (or helpless, or hopeless; you pick the best word) Seattle Mariners when he allowed nine runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings to the Twins . . . Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez struggled against the Diamondbacks, allowing four runs on three hits and six walks in 2.1 innings of work.

The Braves jumped on the most recent Giants call-up Matt Palmer, who allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks over 2.1 innings. Hopefully Palmer gets another chance, otherwise his 2009 baseball card will show this year's ERA as 23.14 . . . Diamondbacks starter Brandon Backe allowed 11 runs on nine hits and five walks to the Astros . . . Reds starter Aaron Harang (who I could've sworn used to be good) allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings against the Cardinals. With the loss, Harang and his 5.59 ERA fell to 3-13 on the year . . . The Nationals tied a franchise worst 9th straight loss against the Rockies, thanks mostly to John Lannan's eight runs and seven hits allowed.

They did it!! The Nationals broke the franchise record for consecutive games lost with their 10th in a row, this one coming against the Rockies. Of course, this record is only since they actually became the Nationals. The record is 11, if you count their tenure as the Expos . . . The Orioles beat the Tigers 16-8. With 37 combined hits, it was all bad . . . The Yankees offense showed signs of life against the Royals. Kansas City starter Brian Bannister posted a triple double, surrendering 10 runs (all 10 earned) on 10 hits in just an inning of work . . . Boston starter Josh Beckett was pounded by the Blue Jays; he allowed eight runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings . . . Mariners starter Ryan Feierabend (who?) struggled against the Twins; he allowed six runs on 10 hits in three innings of work . . . Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez took the loss against the White Sox, allowing seven runs on six hits and five walks over 3.1 innings of baseball.

Whew... what a weekend. Told you it was ridiculously bad.

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