Daily Archives: June 25, 2008

June 25, 2008

The Latin Love Machine Gets to Third

At first when I saw Javier Valentín on the roster for third base, my immediate response was, and I quote, “WTF?” I mean, as glad as I am to see the LLM in the line-up for a change, he seems a little short and stout for the hot corner.

But the more I got to think about it, the more I talked myself into not hating the idea. As a catcher, he must have the reflexes to deal with those hits up the line, and he surely has the arm to get it over to first. Plus, with a zillion injuries, the Reds don’t have much choice, and his bat is certainly better than Paul “Soft J” Janish.

On an unrelated note, the Mets picked up Andy Phillips off waivers after the Reds sent him down without any options. Kinda sucks for the Reds; probably good for Phillips II.

How about Griffey’s homer number 602? I love to see that home run swing.

They keep saying that Harang is starting tonight, but I know that can’t be true because, as of the third inning, the Reds are ahead. I mean, I can understand the Blue Jays not having anything left after that routing yesterday, but since when does the offense put up any numbers for Aaron “Lemon” Harang? I mean, no one knows better than the good people of Toronto how much Adam Dunn doesn’t even *like* baseball.

June 25, 2008

Yankees 5, Pirates 12: Of Historical Interest

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W: Gorzelanny (6-6) L: Rasner (4-5)


To those few who remember when the Pirates were good, yesterday’s game held some attraction. Apparently, back in 1960, Pittsburgh beat New York in the World Series. Huh. I can’t imagine that possibility occurring again for at least 10 years. Heck, it’s hard to imagine the Pirates being lucky, let alone good.

But the Pirates didn’t suck yesterday and pounded the Yankees. Only 3 of the Pirates’ 12 runs came from the homer, a two-run shot from Jose Bautista and a solo shot from Ryan Doumit. Just lots and lots of hits. When you get 19, they don’t have to be timely.

June 25, 2008

Brewers 4, Braves 3: Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

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W: Bush (4-7) L: Morton (1-1) S: Torres (13)


The Brewers won again, this time beating the Braves. I could have referenced history and said that Seattle beat Milwaukee, but that would be nothing but mere confusion to show you I could look up stuff on Wikipedia.

Anyway, Dave Bush’s stint in the minors seems to have paid off, as he had his second great start in a row. This time he pitched 7 innings, allowing only 1 run. And, hey! His ERA’s below 5 again. I’m sure Bronson Arroyo is burning with jealousy.

The Brewers picked up another game on the first-place Cubs and now sit in third place, 5 games back. Since May 20, Milwaukee has gone 23-10.