Baseball Before Bedtime: The Love You Save

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when you crossed your heart you quit:

Reds 7, Blue Jays 5: You can do it, Votto! Joey V. bashed a tater tot as one of his four hits and three ribs in his best game ever in his home country. Rookie Blue Jay Brett Cecil was victimized to the tune of nine hits and five runs in just over three innings of work, but Shawn Camp took the L when he gave up Votto's tiebreaking tot.

Pirates 3, Indians 2: You know Cleveland's bullpen is bad, really really bad. With the game knotted at two in the ninth, reliever Matt Herges gave up singles to Jack Wilson and Eric Hinske before surrendering the walkoff hit to stud Andrew McCutchen. That wasted a perfectly good seven inning effort by starter Cliff Lee. Young Andrew extended his hitting streak to 13 with his 2-for-4, two RBI night.

Marlins 11, Orioles 3: Hanley Ramirez collected his third king dong of the year, tying the team record originally set by Bobby Bonilla and tied by Jeff Conine and Cody Ross. Other notable players with three grand slams on the year: Albert Pujols and that guy you see going into Denny's every Tuesday morning. O's starter Rich Hill got knocked around as part of the rich tradition of O's starters getting knocked around.

Rays 10, Phillies 4: That four spot the Phillies dropped in the top of the first didn't really hold up. Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine went four scoreless innings after that fateful first and the Rays hitters smacked the Phils pitching crew around for 10 runs with 8 big fat extra base hits. And hey, over 20,000 Tampa Bayfolk and St. Petersburgians decided that this game was worth their while.

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The ending to that Pirates game was a real Thriller, but Matt Herges is Bad.

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