Daily Archives: September 2, 2008

September 2, 2008

Episode 108: Live from a Meaningless Minor League Game

Jared Burton rehabbingThis episode is recorded live on location at beautiful Victory Field in Indianapolis, Indiana. The last place Indianapolis Indians (Pirates’ affiliate) hosted the division leading Louisville Bats (Reds’ affiliate) as they always do during the holiday weekends.

The Bats had long since clinched the division, so it was hard to imagine that they’d put too much effort into their last series: 4-games against the cellar-dwellers (and that was just in Indy; afterward, they immediately took off for two more games in Louisville). Michael Griffin can't believe he struck outBut it was a good time anyway, seeing the Reds and Pirates of the future (and past *cough*Chris Duffy*cough*) defining themselves on the field.

We attended all four games, but only stayed for the duration on Saturday (darn school nights), so this program is the culmination of four days and about 20 innings of baseball spectatorship.

Holy crap! A scoreboard with *all* the innings filled in!

September 2, 2008

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 8: Dunn and Eckstein, Together at Last

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W: Qualls (3-8) L: McClellan (2-7) S: Lyon (26)


Apparently, I missed the Diamondbacks acquiring David Eckstein for their infield needs down the stretch. Yesterday, both the former Cardinal and the former Red Adam Dunn patrolled the same side of the infield for Arizona.

Dunn hit his 35th home run of the year and Eckstein drove in a couple against his old team to propel the team to a come-from-behind win.

The win kept Arizona 2.5 games ahead of Los Angeles, who also won today. The loss for St. Louis, has me calling their season done. They’re a good team–better than expected, by far–and they’ve put in a good 2008, but I think it’s over now. Time for them to start playing spoiler. I imagine they’ll do a far better job of it than the Reds.

September 2, 2008

Astros 3, Cubs 0: Oswalt Dominates Even the Cubs

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W: Oswalt (13-9) L: Marquis (9-8) S: Valverde (38)


The Cubs faced their worst string of games over the weekend in a while. Not only did Carlos Zambrano miss a start due to a “tired” arm, but the team lost 3 in a row. Not that their lead in the Central was jeopardized, though. Neither the Brewers nor the Cardinals could capitalize.

Roy Oswalt continued his recent return to his old form. After struggling through the beginning of the year, Oswalt turned in numbers expected of him in August: a 2.97 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39 innings. For his first start in September, he continued to dominate, shutting out Chicago for his 13th win.