Baseball Before Bedtime: Will the Wolf Survive

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Here's what happened in baseball yesterday while you were running across a frozen lake:

Marlins 2, Tigers 0: Florida starter Ricky Nolasco and two of his bullpen pals combined to no-hit the Tigers, still lacking four regulars from the World Baseball Classic. Nolasco faced the minimum over seven innings, erasing both baserunners allowed on double plays. Yes, even with stone hands Dan Uggla manning second base. Marlins Tigers catcher Matt Treanor was scratched with groin tightness, which doesn't sound particularly good for him, considering his past.

Reds 6, Pirates 0: Continuing the no-hit theme, Aaron Harang went six innings without allowing a hit to the Pirates or using his fastball. Says manager Dusty Baker, "He was sharp. He had a great breaking ball. Threw some good inside fast balls. That's as good an outing as I've seen in long time. He should feel very proud himself. Hopefully, we can go from here." Glad you can identify his strengths, Dusty. Now try not to bring him into an extra inning game as a reliever just two days after a start, mmkay?

Angels 18, Royals 12: What, did both teams miss all their extra points? Ho, ho! Football joke! Lots of runs scored, eh governor? Starters John Lackey and Horacio Ramirez both got pounded like delicious veal cutlets, allowing 16 combined runs and 20 combined hits in six combined innings. Hey, don't let these two share any more pitchers mounds the rest of the year. Angels first baseman Matt Brown went an astonishing 6-for-6 with two ding-dongs, a triple and three singles, and he drove in three runs to run his team-leading RBI total to 14 this spring. The teams combined for 13 tater tots, mostly because the wind was gusting up to 36 MPH out to the fences.

Rockies 4, Indians 3: I guess Cliff Lee is making progress fine-tuning his fastball. After a few starts of getting hammered by Cactus League hitters, he mowed down Rockies hitters, allowing just two runs in five innings. He'll be ready to defend his AL Cy Young award come opening day. And if he's not, then they'll throw him in Lake Erie.

Japan 9, Team America 4: Well, that happened.

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Wait if he didn't use his fastball then why did Dusty Baker praise his fastball?

Dusty was praising his karaoke skills.

"Where were they going without ever knowing the way?"

Treanor belongs to the Tilde now.

Which means I'll probably put him on my fantasy team eventually.

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