Baseball Before Bedtime: Homecoming King

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Here's what happened in baseball when it was pushing you out into the arms of 1994

Phillies 5, Reds 0: Cole Hamels owns the Reds. Kid picked up his second career win against the Cincinnati Dustys, this time with a complete game 3-hit shutout effort in which hecamethisclose to allowing Ken Griffey's 600th career home run. Didn't happen. Wasn't to be. No dice. Jimmy Rollins reached first in the third inning when shortstop Paul Janish couldn't handle a pop fly, but Rollins was benched because the guy put his head down and didn't hustle his buns down the line. No problems, Eric Bruntlett picked up the slack.

Red Sox 7, Rays 1: Tampa Bay continues its downward spiral towards mediocrity and the Red Sox continue their ascent to the best record in the American League, but the real good stuff is happening between pitches. To wit: Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis got into a shouting match in the Sox dugout and had to be separated by trainers, James Shields hit Coco Crisp with a pitch prompting Crisp to charge the mound and throw some punches and both were ejected, Jonny Gomes piled on the rumble and beat up Coco Crisp and was ejected, and the dumb game started an hour earlier because of the dumb Celtics. In actual game action, Manny Ramirez tater-totted.

Pirates 4, Astros 3: I wish I could write as well as the fella from the AP who put this together:

Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Thursday night. Jason Bay added a run-scoring triple to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth, helping Pittsburgh beat Houston for the second consecutive night. The game was played in a crisp 2 hours, 24 minutes.

Man, that says just about everything that needs to be said. Crisp, indeed.

Braves 7, Marlins 5: Hey, the Braves held on to a lead! Kudos! Chipper Jones hit his 400th career ding-dong and collected four hits overall to raise his batting average to a robust .418, which is 18 whole points above the magic line. Jair Jurrjens had a pretty shitty outing but the Braves pen pitched three entire scoreless innings. That might be a record streak for them so far this season.


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4 Comments

That Chipper fella is pretty good at beisbol

So Paul Pierce injured his leg fighting with Jonny Gomes? Doesn't make sense.

1994 again?
Where the fuck are the Expos?

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