Baseball Before Bedtime: California Stars

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Here's what happened in baseball while I laid my weary bones tonight:

Phillies 6, Rockies 1: Adam Eaton finally grabbed the brass ring in his eleventh start, earning his first dubya of the year behind the offensive antics of the Phillies. Eaton did his part by going six strong innings and even lowering his ERA below 5.00! Yes, it's at 4.99, but shit, that's totes sub-five-point-oh. Chase Utley made me forget about my Dan Uggla man-crush for a day and hit his major league leading 17th ding dong. Don't worry, Chase...I voted for you on six All-Star ballots so far. Keep on keepin' on.

Mets 7, Marlins 6 (12): Those New York Mets got my memo and supported their manager-under-fire with a stellar come-from-behind win over the first place Marlins. Met Endy Chavez tater-totted in the ninth to hand Kevin Gregg a blown save and send the game to extras. Marlin Alfredo Amanzega ding-donged in the top of the 12th to give Florida a lead, but it was Fernando Tatis' two-run double in the bottom of the inning that forced every single human being on the field to walk off in an orderly fashion. There were seven homers in the game, two of them credited to Cody Ross.

Brewers 1, Braves 0: A pitching duel between Jeff Suppan and Jo-Jo Reyes? I'm surprised but proud of the two fellas. So sorry to see that only one gentleman could go home a winner...and that gent was Suppan, thanks to some timely hitting by Rickie Weeks. Weeks' triple in the eighth off Blaine Boyer drove in J.J. Hardy and the Braves were handed their 392nd one-run road loss this season. Walkoff Walk favorite Salomon Torres done got his fourth save. Whoopee!

Cubs 2, Dodgers 1 (10): After Alfonso Soriano walkoff-won the game in the bottom of the tenth, Chris Berman quoted Arte Johnson. Welcome to 1968, folks!

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As much as I love me some Red Barron, I was soooo happy that the Cubs game was also being broadcast on WGN. You may not know this, but many people do not like Chris Berman. I am one of those many.

Also, Carlos Zambrano is the balls.

Hitters on both sides were frustrated with umpire Mark Wegner's strike zone. It boiled over for the Braves in the eighth inning when Wegner ordered Brian McCann into the batter's box when he was trying to argue.

Wegner signaled for Suppan to throw a pitch, which McCann was nowhere near ready to hit. After striking out shortly thereafter McCann had more words for Wegner.

Well that and leaving 12 men on base will do it.

And screw you Gagne, if you weren't hurt you would have blown both games.

A little tip for my friends: if you start drinking before noon and continue past midnight, you will have a hangover the next day. Do with that what you will.

I should have stayed up late and written up the Nationals win over the Padres to complete the NL East five-fecta.

[insert joke about Chase Utley's ding-dong here]

[insert joke about "inserting Chase Utley's ding-dong here" here]

@ Chief - the key is to take a little break and chug some water from about 5-7 PM. Mix in some dinner, too. Then resume with beverage of choice.


Giants thoroughly throttle Snakes.
cleaning crew kept busy.
film at 11.

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