T-Graff and the Big Bopper
By Jason Wojciechowski on April 14, 2004 at 11:56 PM
From around the league on Tuesday:
- Kansas City hit four homers against Esteban Loaiza, whose success is probably predicated on keeping the ball on the ground, but he got the win anyway, since three were solo homers, one was a two-run job, and the White Sox scored 12 runs to support him anyway. It's insulting for Tony Graffanino to take you yard.
- Jeremy Bonderman struck out seven Blue Jays in six innings and pitched well enough to win, but his bullpen blew things open, as each of the four guys after him were charged with a run, leading to Toronto's victory.
- The box score for Florida's win over Montreal is really pretty for the Marlins. The win took their record to 6-1, Miguel Cabrera smoked two homers, giving him five on the year, and singled and walked once apiece for good measure, and Brad Penny allowed just two singles and a walk in eight innings, striking out ten. Best news? Trader Jack said "Phooey!" to individual marks and pulled Penny and his 110 pitch count after the eighth, letting Tommy Phelps phinish up.
- Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen tried to sabotage my fantasy team, hitting homers against Octavio Dotel, but Dotel finished out the save anyway, giving Roger Clemens his second win in the National League. Clemens's ERA went up because of his one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. I think he's made a fair transition so far.
- Scott Podsednik stole his sixth bag of the year, but Marquis Grissom popped a couple of homers, trumping Barry Bonds for a day and helping the Giants to their fifth win.
- Seattle's just having a rough go of it. They're 1-6 after last night's loss to Anaheim, despite roughing up Kelvim Escobar a little bit. Garret Anderson celebrated his new contract by going 0-4 with five men left on base. Anderson has confounded analysts for years, but even the most optimistic Angel fan can't be happy about their ticket money going to pay Garret to be a batting-average dependent tweener into his mid-30's.