Jul 2009 01

The Red Sox are well known for come from behind wins, but I’ve never seen an opposing team lose a game to them as pathetically as they did against Baltimore last night.  One headline likened it to uncontrolled bed wetting, but it came across to me as an horrible case of the runs…  Smoltz was looking to end his 438 day drought in the game-winning department, but the weather gods rained all over those chances.  Smotlz looked good until the bottom of the fifth inning and the Sox had a 9-1 run lead, but he was replaced by Masterson after the more than one hour rain delay.  Masterson struck out five of the first six batters he faced, but I suppose I should have seen it coming in the sixth inning after the Sox (including Masterson!) started trotting back into the dugout with just two outs that these guys looked more like Little Leaguers picking grassblades.  After Masterson allowed five straight hits to start off the seventh inning, in came a shift of waiters (Delcarmen, Okajima, and Saito) serving up heaping meatballs to the hungry Orioles.  The Orioles batted through the order in both the seventh and eighth innings, scoring 5 runs in each.  With a ghost town for a bullpen, Francona brought in his star closer with one out in the eighth.  Yep, the eighth,  about one inning too soon for most closers, but Francona figured Papelbon could muster enough control to dominate with just five outs remaining in the game.  With men on first and second, Papelbon ate up Felix Pie, serving him a 95mph fastball.  He then faced Nick Markakis who had been 0 for 7 with four strikeouts against Papelbon.  Markakis doubled, scoring both runners and putting Baltimore ahead 11-10, where the game ended.

Jul 2009 04

I worked up my thirst wandering around the city Saturday morning so onto East End Brewing, arriving there just after noon for the release of Gratitude 2008, which was originally set to be released months ago but there was a slight protein burn issue that left Gratitude tasting like burnt hair. I know, you like a good keratin OD occasionally right?  Thankfully (pun intended, if you caught it), Scott remade the formula and it is quite delicious. Also filled a growler of Session Ale #25, Dark Rye Kvass, brewed with 60 loaves of rye and fermented with bread yeast.
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Jul 2009 14

Maybe we need to bring back steroids to baseball, at least for the home run derby.  I was hoping for a show last night from the best players at knocking them out of the park.  Maybe Josh Hamilton’s 28 home run domination over the competition in last year’s home run derby has raised my expectations, but Brandon Inge was completely blanked and Adrian Gonzalez tapped just two into the stands.  Though watching the kids race and wallop each other over the balls in the outfield for their 15 milliseconds of fame was kinda funny.  And some of the fans made a few outstanding plays of their own, one reaching down to scoop one just over the fence to keep Pujols in the running or another bending over the 2nd row deck wall to make a grab, just a hair away from a 100 foot introduction to the cement below.  In the end, with just 23 cumulative home runs, Prince Fielder was crowned King of Home Run Derby, blasting one shot 503 feet. [..]

Jul 2009 15

So the AL extends its winning streak over the NL in the All Star game in one of the shortest All Star games ever, winning 4-3 in just 2 ½ hours. This was good baseball, save for a few errors you don’t expect from these stars!

Highlights:

Carl Crawford’s snatch of Brad Hawpe’s long shot that would have barely cleared the fence and given the NL a one run lead in the 7th inning
Jayson Werth running down Justin Morneau’s drive to deep left center with an outstretched go-go-gadget arm to make an outstanding catch
Curtis Granderson’s triple that led to Adam Jones’ sacrifice fly that put the AL up 4-3 in the eighth
Albert Pujol’s good D, minus the 1st inning…

Lowlights:

Pujol’s fielding error in the 1st opened up the inning for the AL to score twice
Bell giving up the run in the 8th inning (reminiscent of former Padres Hoffman blowing the save in the 2006 All Star game)
Pinch hitter Ryan Howard getting twisted up like a pretzel in the batters box in the eighth, stranding NL go ahead runners at 2nd and 3rd

Funnies:

President Obama looked as excited meeting the players as the players were meeting him
All the players had cameras and camcorders to record the moments, reminding you these stars are in it for the love of the game
Padres road trip: Bell and Gonzalez missed their flight from Indianapolis to St. Louis due to weather and had to rent a car and finish the journey on the road

Jul 2009 25

After losing to the hot Phillies team in a makeup game Thursday night, the Padres beat the Nationals last night 6-2, something Padres fans call a “winning streak…”  Let’s hope they keep it up for the rest of the series against baseball’s worst team.  San Diego seems to be going through their farm system like a farmer harvests crops.  Besides the most likely frustrated All Star player Adrian Gonzalez and still strong Heath Bell (who has very few chances at even getting a save…), every game has a new lineup.  Hey Moorad, I’m a free agent- sign me up!

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