How'd Russ Ortiz throw 133 pitches in just 6.2 innings, even while giving up only two hits? Despite throwing 80 of those pitches for strikes, which is not a horrible ratio, he walked four. I'm guessing he got into a deep count with basically every batter and generally got out of the jams, but missed a few times for some walks. Probably lots of foul balls, too. That must have been a fun one for the fans. Amazingly enough, the whole affair was over in under three hours, which is, on the other hand, quite a long time for a 2-1 game with just three hits for each side.
The Stars and Scrubs approach was on exhibition in the Montreal-St. Louis game. The Redbirds had the stars (Jim Edmonds hit his seventh homer, a three-run shot; Albert Pujols hit his ninth, for two scores), and the Expos had the scrubs (Endy Chavez is still leading off).
Milwaukee box scores make me so excited. Scott Podsednik, ol' Silent D, didn't let me down, knocking two singles and stealing his 18th base of the year. After a wild eighth inning, though, the Mets ended up winning in eleven, 6-5. Brooks Kieschick threw a shutout inning, lowering his ERA to 1.17, and hit a double, raising his average to .353. Brooks "Babe Ruth" Kieschnick?
Whoa! Flash back to the early '90's, dude! Todd Van Poppel with a four-inning start!
Baltimore and Cleveland played a wild game in which only five of the half innings went scoreless. The final score was 12-11, and the difference was essentially in the two biggest innings: four runs for the Orioles, just three for the Indians. Miguel Tejada popped a pair of two-run homers for the Orioles. He's trying to keep pace with Bobby Crosby in the A's shortstop home run race. Wouldn't that be a surprise if Crosby had more home runs at the end of the year than Tejada? Anyway, Loomer Loney hit the only Indians home run, Merloni's first for the team.
Pittsburgh scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, only to lose in the 14th on a home run by Olmedo Saenz and some shut-down pitching by Brian Falkenborg (signed as a minor-league free agent by the Dodgers this winter). You heard me, shut-down pitching by Brian Falkenborg.
Eric Young was caught stealing for the fourth time this year in a loss to the Tigers. Already four times caught, and it's only May, when guys like Derek Jeter and Carlos Beltran go whole seasons of stealing 25-35 bases and being caught that many times total. In other words, stop letting him run if you want to stop giving away wins, Buck.