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10/28/12: Tigers TRY To Win But The Riot Beats Coke In The 10th And Giants Sweep And Win Series

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

I can’t stand the thought of no mo baseball for the rest of the year, so I’m just hoping that the Tigers make a game of it. Even if I can’t actually ROOT for them, if you dig. So in order to kind of encourage them, I headed over to Mama’s, paper catsuit and all. Naturally, Louis The Cat rushes over to miauw all ovah that paper and I tell him that he best not be thinkin of getting petted, let alone sitting with me, unless his team leads. AAAARRRRRROOOOWWWW, MIAOW, he sez, which means, just you wait, sista.

Demi Eff Lovato is in to sing the National Anthem. Naturally, she butchers it. Can someone please PLEASE explain to me why it is now an absolute necessity for female “singers” to refuse to sing the National Anthem as it was written, slowing it was down, changing the key, the phrasing, jazzing it up, dumbing it down? I mean, seriously, WHY is it so important to make fun of the National Anthem? I’m assuming that is the reason behind the butchery. When it first started, with Roseanne Barr, I think, it was supposed to be funny. I had hoped it would end there, but noooooooo…

grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Mama and I decided to listen to KNBR with McCarver and Joe Uck muted out. Trouble is that the feeds are not coordinated, but that’s OK. We were so late we didn’t get started until the second inning. We didn’t miss much of anything.

Ryan Theriot is the Giants’ DH. This tells you all you need to know about the essentiality of the stupid DH.

1st – Scherzer gets 1,2,3. He is NOT getting any low strikes. Cain gets 1,2,3 with a walk to Miggy Cabrera.

2nd – Posey Ks, then Pence hits a GR double over the left-center fence. Then Brandon Belt hammers his first hit of the Series – a triple to the RF corner (that’s a REAL triple), then Blanco and Theriot strand him at third. The wind is blowing in HARD. It looks misty out there.

They are interviewing some female. NOT an athlete, not stick skinny enough to be a celebrity. Of course, they aren’t showing the, you know, like GAME, and the captions say she stayed in the MLB FanCave all season, watching every single game. Which won her tickets to the WS. I can’t imagine living with those creeps in the FanCave all FREAKING YEAR. I’m getting old, I guess.

Jeezus gawd. I just HATE the way they show the WS. Or don’t show it, I should say. I call home, remind kidz to feed the Dogss and let them out in the back yard.

3rd inning – Matt Cain, who has been hommeriffic this postseason, left a changeup down the middle to Miggy Cabrera, who sent it (barely) over the RF wall (thank you wind) for a 2 run homer. Goobah shutout innings, goobah lead. After Mama and I finish yelling, Louis has magically appeared on top of the couch and next thing I know, I feel whiskers rubbing my neck and a paw patting my paper catsuit and I hear MIAORWWWWW. He gets his chin scratched.

4th inning, both pitchers had settled down,1,2,3 – no problem. It’s raining, not that hard. Fans don’t seem to care and neither do the players. I can’t believe that hurricane is causing rain as far west as Detroit. I mean, I’ve heard it’s huge, but geeez.

Call kidz to make sure they’ve let the Dogss back IN the house.

5th inning – Scherzer is cruising, gets easy 1,2,3. Cain back out. Infante singles, but is stranded when Quinton Berry comes up with 2 out and he grounds weakly to Cain – it goes off his glove and Crawford the SS manages to pick it up and throw to first in time to get Berry. Shades of Adam Everett.

Maybe Brandon Crawford should get the MVP for his glove – he’s made at LEAST 7 WebGem plays along with excellent turning of the DP.

6th – Scherzer is at only 67 pitches. You talk about efficiency. Scutaro singles. Panda fouls off a bunch, looks at 3 balls, then swings at a vicious slider. Then it’s Buster Posey, who has uck-sayed all Series, golfs a changeup juuuuuuust inside the LF foul pole.

Giants re-take the lead 3-2. Scherzer is furious. 345 stinking feet and it’s a homer. Could be worse there boy – only 325 to the LF pole at the Box.

Pence Ks looking on 3 pitches – all in the middle of the zone, too. Belt flies out.

New pitcher is LHP Jeremy Affeldt. PH Avasail Garcia walks and Mr. Triple Crown is up.

Matt Cain back out. Can he hold a lead THIS time? And, no. Miggy Cabrera Ks swinging. Prince pops up to Crawford. Cain hangs a slider to Delmon Young and it’s POW, gone opposite field. Tie game.

Giants 3 Cats 3

AAARRRRRROWWWWWWWRRRR, sez Louis. How that damm cat knows what happens on the TV, I do not know, but he rubs the paper on my ankles and then jumps up on my right side – see, he knows not to bother my scorebook writin hand, settles himself next to me, puts his head on my thigh and purrs. I tell him that I might move or jump, depending on the action. He shrugs. MIAUWRRRRK, RROOOOWWWWRRRR, he sez.

So Dirks singles up the middle (no relievers in sight) then Jhonny Peralto is up. Cain is leaving pitches up and Peralto almost takes one out but Blanco catches it on the warning track.

7th – Scherzer back out, determined he IS gonna win this game if he has to finish the damm thing his own self. We’ll see. Blanco singles to right. DH Theriot grounds out and Blanco is at second. And well, looks like Scherzer AIN’T gonna finish this damm game his own self, because he’s outta there for slugger Brandon Crawford. Really. 90 pitches. I look at Louis – you know, a run scores and you outta here too, I tell him. MIAOWWWW, PPRRRRRRRRKKK, he tells me.

Lefty Drew Smyly in. Crawford lines out to CF. Smyly gone and Dotel is coming in to get Great Hitter Pagan to hit lefty. It’s not like he can’t hit lefty. Reminds me of Phil Garner bringing in John Franco to face Chipper Jones, forgetting that Chipper could hit right. I mean, not that Pagan is any Chipper Jones. And he gets Pagan out.

Matt Cain back out – hey, he outlasted Scherzer. Wouldn’t have guessed that. Infante out, Laird pops out on a FB down the middle, Jackson Ks swinging on 3 pitches.

8th – Dotel back out, and he walks Scutaro on 4 straight pitches. Panda hits into a 3-6-1 DP. Scutaro can’t escape the rundown. Posey fouls off a bunch, but Ks, swinging.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and this game will go 21 innings, set a record and we’ll get the fun of watching position players pitch and pitchers field at short or something.

LHP Jeremy Affeldt in to face PH Avasail Garcia, who walks. He then strikes out Cabrera, Fielder and Young, ALL swinging. Really impressive pitching.

9th – Lefty Phil Coke, Da Closah, in. He strikes out Pence, looking on a FB RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. He then strikes out Belt and Gregor Blanco.

Affeldt back. Dirks Ks swinging. Peralta up – he has got to be the hardest luck guy – he hit a FB right down the middle at least 420 feet to left CF, but it was into the wind and Pagan got it at the wall.  He’s out, Santiago Casilla, RHP in. It’s 10: 20, so I call home to make sure kidz have gone to bed. They haven’t, naturally. I explain the connection between going to bed and video game privileges, and get grumbling, as expected.

Anyway, Casilla hits Infante on the back of the hand and he leaves, heads straight for the dugout – must have broken it. Danny Worth in to pinch hit. Apparently, Alex Avila is hurt and can’t play today. Whoa. Laird grounds out.

And it’s EXTRA INNINGS!!!!

I call home again, to make SURE those kidz are headed for bed. Husband grumbles as I tell him it’s extra innings. He knows the bad news – I’ll be home when it’s ovah and not a minnit sooner. He knows me all too well and I hear the faint sigh.

10th – Coke back in. Riot singles to right. Crawford sac-bunts. Pagan Ks swinging. Scutaro hits a single to center, Jackson plays it on the bounce and Riot beats the throw into home!!! And sorry Phil Coke, Ball three was NOT strike 2 – it was way up and way out. And the ball that Scutaro hit was also up and out and was ALSO a ball, so no complaining. Panda grounds to third and Scutaro is tagged out trying to advance.

Giants 4 Tigers 3

I tell Louis to get down, his team is losing.

Sergio Romo in. Austin Jackson Ks swinging. That slider is FILTHY. Don Kelly in to hit lefty and he strikes out swinging at a FB outside at the knees. No, it wasn’t a slider – too fast. Mr. Triple Crown up.  Slider for a called strike. Slider for a ball. Slider for a swinging strike. Slider for a ball. FB up away fouls it off. “One strike away.” And he strikes out looking on a FB right down the middle. Miggy gets the sombrero tonight. The Giants get the trophy.

At least the Tigers actually made it a game tonight. All the “experts” who said the Tigers were heavy favorites and would win in 5 – well, I guess they all gonna sniff – Small Sample Size. Not, well, I guess I wuz ronggg.

Baseball is now over for 2012. The Giants win the WS again. MVP should be Lincecum or Brandon Crawford. Or even Romo. But no, it’s Pablo Sandoval – it’s those 3 homers. National League keeps winning All Star games and World Series. So much for DH superiority. Yeah – lemmee guess – Small Sample Size.

Marco Scutaro’s postseason heroics reminds me of Cody Ross in 2010, and although he was DFAd by 2 teams before being picked up by SanFran this year, betcha this gets him a contract for next year.

And now, it’s time for me to wash up (get rid of cat hair) and head back home because I have this feeling I need to kick kid asses, get them into bed….

 

 

10/27/12: Tim Dandy To The Rescue

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Tim Dandy! Go, Tim Dandy!

Voge was droopin  on the pitchin mound
And couldn’t no more strikes be found
Couldn’t get even the simple force
Uh huh, that’s right, of course.
Tim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Tim Dandy! Go, Tim Dandy!

(Apologies Black Oak Arkansas)

Ay-yep, Timmeh Lincecum, he done it again. Vogelsong had gotten out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th by getting Miggy Cabrera to pop out, and in the 6th, gave up the 4th of his walks after getting 2 outs – yeah, 4 walks, 5 hits, no runs. In c.omes Timmeh, just like in Game 1, strands the runner, pitches 2 shutout innings.

Looks like the MVP to me, especially if he keeps coming in as a high leverage long reliever. Which is very VERY kewl – haven’t seen a pitcher do this as far back as I can remember.

As for the game. Sigh.

OK, we’re in Dee-troit. Motah City. Home of Mo-town. There are plenty of famous singers – Eminem, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent (uck), Aretha Franklin. To name just a few. So why is some drab skinnyass bimbette with a crap voice singing the National Anthem? Oh – she’s some Fox sitcom starlette. Uck.  Yeah, I know. All about the Benjamins.

You know, I’d sure like to know who exactly is this “casual fan” that Fox/MLB pander to who prefer mega closeups of nosehairs, batting gloves, godknowswhat, and all those STUPID megamega slo mo watching the bat swing/ball bounce stuff. Or the interviews with random jerk Foxcom TV starlettes who don’t know a baseball from a golf ball. Or even the mid inning interviews with players/managers, drowning the GAME ON THE FIELD. I know they do stupid crap like this during the regular season, but this is beyond awful.

sigh

I swear I can remember when what most of what they showed during the WS was like, you know, the like, you know GAME. I mean, showing the field, the fielders positioning, guys catching and throwing the ball. Not much nosehair (although there sure nuff was crotch grabbing. I betcha the AAGPBL players didn’t do none of that. I never have understood why do that but it does start early – age 5 months. Trust me on this, I didn’t believe it when I first saw it.)

but I digress…

Really, not real too much interesting in this here game – Hunter Pence was the hitting star. Really. He walked, stole a base (endless stuff about free tacos – and NO, I am not feeding the kidz that stuff), went to 3rd on a WP and came home on a “triple” which was a misplayed ball to center by Austin Jackson. You know how it is – if the fielder doesn’t put a glove on the ball, no matter HOW badly he goes after it, no error. And really, the best it should have been was a double and a 1 base error on the bobble.  Hunter also singled twice.

Tigers have now been shut out 2 straight games. It isn’t just the pitching, they are just not hitting. Prince had a good reason to be furious about that crappy strikeout call in the 4th, but otherwise, no cigar. Actually, Prince didn’t hit that well last year vs Saint Looey, and this year, ohhh, mama. BAD. I mean, seriously, the Astros in the 05 WS, at least we put up a fight, lost by only 1 run every single game – And Brad Lidge lost 3 of those by his lonesome.

Man, here I go, getting all nostalgic again.

I supposed I should make some comment about the Astros new logo getting “accidentally” leaked on a t-shirt in the Academy store. Logo is the old H on the orange star. Lots better than that stupid brick red/pinstripes. Although I was kind of hoping for the old blue/gold – the players really seemed to like that one.

Tim Bogar turned down the position of bench coach after not being chosen manager. Not sure whether or not it had anything to do with the document they wanted him to sign in which he was supposed to agree to turn down any offers to manage that came his way. He’s not going back to the Red Sox neither, apparently, now that they got The One from Toronto, where the players didn’t like him and neither did the fans.  Shrug.

Interesting that this year’s bench coach, Pettini, is being let go – and he was one of Luhnow’s petsy-poos from Saint Looey, too.

Naturally, no other news. Will check out the winter leagues after the Series ends. And it sure nuff looks like it’s gonna end tomorrow. This is like THE most boring Series in, like forever. Tigers might could win tomorrow – it’s Scherzer vs Cain, but no WS team has ever come back from 3-0 to win it all.

But it IS baseball and youneverknow…

10/25/12: Hunter Pence Wins Game 2 For The Giants

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So I’m a fangrrrl. I admit it. Hunter has a lower OPS than all the pitchers on his team in the postseason COMBINED. But today, Doug Fister and Madison Bumgardner had themselves an EXCELLENT pitchers duel going for 6 innings – each guy had given up 2 hits and 1 walk. And the game was moving right along – as fast as a modern WS game can go with all the ceremonies and interruptions.

So anyway, Fister, who had thrown 108 pitches, came out to pitch to Pence, still hitting in the 5-hole, don’t ask me why. Well, maybe it’s like Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof – TRADITION!!!!

So it’s a scoreless game. Pence had had 2 ABs already – flied out to shallow center and to the arning track in center – a LOT better than what he HAD been doing, which was flailing wildly or grounding out. He took a breaker in the dirt for ball 1, fouled off a perfect FB on the inside, started at a FB that was RIGHT down the middle, took a slider outside that he usually flails at, fouls a curve, then hits a slider that doesn’t slide quiiite enough into LF for a hit. It’s goo-bah Fister, and in comes his relief.

Smyly, RHP, gives up a walk, then Gregor Blanco, who tried and failed to bunt his previous 2 ABs, chops one down the 3rd base line, the catcher and 3rd baseman stare at it, willing it to go foul, but it doesn’t, and ever one is safe, bases loaded. So Brandon Crawford hits into a 4-6-3, Hunter scores the go ahead run!!!

Fister is informed that strangling relievers who give up a run on the only inherited runner, which loses him a hard fought and well pitched ballgame is not allowed in MLB. He checked with Astros starters who confirmed the news. They told him about all their favorite blood pressure medications and stress-reducing yoga positions.

Very next inning, same reliever back out. He walks Angel Pagan on 4 straight pitches, gets Scutaro staring at strike 3 RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE, then Angel Pagan takes off on the first pitch and barely makes it. Smyly then decides to IBB Sandoval to pitch to Posey. Small sample size decisions ROOL, do they not? at least here, they do. Posey takes a walk, mostly because Strike 1 and Strike 2 are called Ball 1 and Ball 2. First time all night that the ump didn’t call the rule book zone.

Hunter then drives in the security run with a sac-fly the very next inning. He ain’t hittin the ball much, but today it counted.

Not real too much that was kewl, except for the second inning, in which Da Prince was HBP, then Delmon Young hits a double into the LF corner. Blanco gets it, throws a PERFECT beebee to Scutaro, the cutoff man, who makes a PERFECT throw to Posey, who nails Prince on his ass – nice target, by the way. And Prince was trying to slide in, not annihilate Posey. And Prince was barely out, too – just a slightly weak or offline throw and he scores.

So much for the Tigers win it in 5, so much for the – ohhhh this is SOOOOOO lopsided in the Tigers’ favor. At least so far.

Yes, I AM still rooting for Hunter to suddenly start hitting and get the MVP.

 

10/24/12: Barry Zito Hands Verlander His Lunch And Giants Win Game 1

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

All Pablo and no Pence.

Hunter still has that scraggly ass hideous face hair and is swinging away at crap – not just sliders away, and looking seriously BAD. He took the sombrero tonight. Unlike Pablo, who hit 3 straight homers. Hope he keeps it up – unlike Uncle Albert last year, who sucked the entire Series, except for his 3 homer game. SOMEbody has gotta hit for that team, and Buster Posey looks almost as lost as Hunter.

At least this game isn’t being held in a downpour, like game 7 NCLS, in which the umps, after like 7 innings, got together and decided than any pitch within 1 foot of the strike zone would be a strike so they could all get the heck outta there as the Giants had already killt the Cards 9-0 and I have no doubt that they weren’t permitted to have any sort of rain delay in spite of the deluge. I’m just glad didn’t nobody get hurt out there.

Next question – what the EFF has happened to Jose Valverde?  He was sent in to mopup tonight in the 7th – got Lincecum (in relief) swinging and did his sillyass fist clenching little dance, then proceded to give up a double, 3 singles and 2 runs. his last 3 appearances have been, well, disasters. Maybe he’s injured, or maybe it is one of those – he has been having a run of suck – type thingys. youneverknow.

And Lincecum has been an absolute master this postseason, at long relief – AND at coming in a getting outs with MOB without allowing any inherited runs. His velocity is way WAAAYYY down from where it was a few years back, but he still got 5 Ks over 2.1 IP, which is far FAR better than anything he did as a starter this year.

And Barry Zito – the guy who was completely off the postseason roster 2 years ago, is now starting game ONE of the World Freaking Series. And through the end of 5, looked as if he was gonna get a complete game shutout – or at least a shutout. He suddenly lost control and was getting hit HARD when Bochy pulled him and sent in Timmeh, who shut it DOWN.

Barry

Freaking

Zito.

Well, if he wins 2 WS games and the Giants win another Ring, that giant (hahahaha) contract he got won’t look so bad, will it?

We’ll see if Madison Bumgardner can pitch better than he has the last few times and avoid Kyle Lohse-hood. If not, guess Timmeh will be ready and waiting.

The Giants are still thinking about who is gonna DH in Dee-troit. Hint – it shouldn’t be Aubrey Huff, who is making Pence look like Barry Lamar 2002. At least so far, the Gaints aren’t making it as easy for the Tigers to get their first Ring since 84 as Joe Uck opined. Yes, the sound got turned off then. No, I didn’t turn it back on. Yes, I was at my Mama’s. Yes, she’s still all Up Set about the Cards choking away the last 2 games. Yes, I had to get back home right quick to make sure that kids were actually IN bed because getting up time comes right quick.

Yes, it IS difficult getting in WS games without interruptions on school nights.

10/24/12: Pablo Sandoval Goes All Reggie Jackson To Shut Up Joe Buck

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Sorry, this could NOT wait another 2 hours.

Pablo Sandoval hit TWO homers offn Justin Verlander, channeling his fellow “aces” Lohse and Carpenter.

He then hit one in the 5th offn reliever Al Albuquerque to dead center.

I know it wasn’t 3 consecutive homers offn 3 consecutive pitchers on 3 consecutive pitches, but hey, close enough to shut up Joe EFF Buck, the most tiresome, whiny baseball announcer not named Sterling/Waldman or Brennaman or Harrelson or Milo.

More latah.

10/16/12: Saint Louis Is Saint Lousy And The Tigers Win Game 3 ALCS

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I can’t bring myself to root for Chris Carpenter. It’s something that can’t be done, so I was surprised and delighted that he didn’t manage to last 4 innings last night and got his ass kicked thoroughly by Matt Holliday – who couldn’t field or throw or run worth spit.

I was – like, whatever – on the slide that knocked out Scutaro. Yeah, he started the slide a leeeetle late, yeah, he’s  a clod on the basepaths, yeah, his arm kind of hooked Scutaro. But at least Holliday actually went OVER the ****ing bag and I see runners ALL THE TIME who don’t bother to even stay in the basepath or go anywheres NEAR the bag.

Whoever thought that Ryan Vogelsong would turn out to be the Giants’ ace?

And what in the name of GAWD has happened to Hunter Pence? It’s like he’s regressed waaaayyy worse than his worst times during his second year. I thought he’d finally turned himself into a waayy above average ballplayer, but here in his walk year, he looks like a 5th OF at best. He’s only hit ONE ball with authority this entire postseason and that was an out – heck – in the last week of the season too, pretty much. He looks terrrible on the basepaths and he’s breaking wrong on a lot of the fly balls, in spite of making one really great catch in the first series.

The thing that really is unbelieveable to me is the anti-Cards sentiment floating around. The Cards are NOT “the new Yankees” in any way, shape or form. They didn’t do an Arod contract with Uncle – they let him walk. They don’t sign up all the mega free agents. They sign top notch guys like Jeff Suppan and Braden Looper and Kyle Lohse. They trade for Jake Westbrook. I don’t see any highly sought after FA signing big contracts. They signed Lance Berkman – thought to be fat (he wasn’t) and washed up (he wasn’t) and Furcal. I mean, not exactly top tier FA.

So this is HARDLY Yankees. And it’s not exactly like Yankees take a chance on some washed up guy like Berkman or Weaver. Or Chris Carpenter, for that matter. And being angry because Dave Duncan or the Cards hitting coaches and/or minor league instructors make chicken soup out of chicken poop is certainly NOT Yankees.

I understand TLR hate (trust me on THAT one) but he’s gone. What I’m hearing is stuff like – well, it’s nottttttt fairrrrrrrr that they sign all these borderline whozat guys and for some strange unknown reason, they do great (remember the carcass of Jeff Weaver?) and they have almost no failures. And besides, they won the WS in 06 when they slipped in as WC with 83 wins and last year they only got in as WC because the Braves did a RedSox in September so that’s not fairrrrrr neither.

OKAYYYYYY

So where is all the – well, how TERRIBLE is it that the 105 win 2004 Cards lost to the wild card RedSox? So where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 97 win 2002 Cards lost to the wild card Giants? Where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 100 win 2005 Cards lost to the 89 win WC Astros?

I know about the purists hating the WC, especially if the WC has a lower Win total than some other team. Or if a division winner wins 83 games. But it’s like this – if there are going to be 30 teams, and you only want the top team in each league playing just like BITGOD when there were 8 teams/league, MLB is gonna lose a TON of money/fans because 24 teams will be out of it from May on. This isn’t BITGOD. There are tons of sports/sports channels and wonderful gripping Reality Programs like HoneyBooboo and Kartrashians competing for eyeballs and going back to the Old System ain’t gonna cut it.

Now me, I hate interleague and would prefer a balanced schedule, so that there is SOME kind of fairness, but that has nothing to do with Wild Cards. And getting lucky in a Short Series. Or having a hot streak because this is baseball and streaks happen.

But, this sudden Cards Hate thingy might could be fun – see how long I would continue life as I know it if I told my Mama that she is now a “New Yankees” fan…

Truth is, I think most fans are peeved because they wanted to see the Nationals. Sounds a lot like the Braves hate when I was a kid. The – but they’re in it EVERY year and they have the best pitchers always so it’s notttt fairrrrrrrrrr.

So tonight, I went and watched some DH ball. No Jeter, natch, because of the broke ankle, and ARod benched AGAIN. It is to laugh, all the folks who wanted to see him playing SS again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He hasn’t played there for 9 YEARS and he’s 37 and isn’t exactly a great 3rd baseman and I would bet he’d make Jeter look good. This is NOT like giving Craig Biggio an inning at catcher for his last game in the majors, you know.

Most notable – the ump AGAIN gave Verlander a gigantic strike zone, especially on the outside corner. Is this a conspiracy or something? This is a great deal of help because the Yankees are an old and patient team who take lots of pitches and tonight, Verlander threw a LOT of pitches way out of the zone – and even they got called balls. He got 15 pitches I count that were balls that were called strikes and no pitches that were strikes that got called balls. If I was a Yankees fan, I would be VERY unhappy. Of course, I would also be unhappy that the hitters basically did like nothing with pitches that WERE in the zone.

Tigers hitters looked like Astros out there, leaving men on base at an unbelieveable rate. They were lucky to win at all. They won on a Miggy Cabrera double to right center (record 16 game hitting streak, by the way – ended with a 5-4-3 next AB) that Curtis  Granderson misjudged – bad jump, slow to get there. It looed as if the Delmon Young homer would be enough, but Edward Nunez, who, unlike the guy he replaced, dived AND GOT THE BALL, homered off an obviously tired Verlander in the 9th after fouling off like 9 pitches.

Was not surprised that Leyland left Verlander in to finish up, seeing as how Valverde has been pitching batting practice and Leyland thought that Verlander could get Nunez out. He got lefty Brett Gardner out after EIGHT pitches. And the guy hadn’t had an AB since Oct 3 – and before that, Oct 1 and before that, mid-April. Lefty Phil Coke came in and managed to get the next 2 outs.

You talk about a crappy, badly played ballgame.

BUT

any game that is a Yankees loss is actually a good ballgame, right?

Looks like it’s gonna be a Red Cat year, all right.

ALL Four 2012 Division Series Last 5 Games And The Cards Win

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Orioles lost because CC Sabathia remembered how to pitch.

Giants beat the Reds in 3 away games – amazing how many teams won the away games this year. WHAT home field advantage?

Justin Verlander pitched like Justin Verlander does when he is ON and the Athletics couldn’t do a darn thing about it.  Wonder how much is gonna be left of that team by April 1. Maybe half?

And those darn Cardinals just will NOT die. No Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday “hitting” like a SS, a SS hitting like Matt Holliday, Yadi Molina not hitting anything. And, of course, Carlos the Jackal doing his usual (except for bottom of the 9th 2 out 3 pitch K 2006) postseason thing. By now, he has like THE highest postseason OPS like evah. Too bad it wasn’t with us. Can you imagine how much better we’d have been in 05 with him instead of Willy Taveras?

Where was I?
Oh yeah, the game.

Tonight’s heroes? You’ll nevah guess.

I really should have gone over to Mama’s – Husband was right. I mean, my phone is bout wore out from all the talktalktalk – more than if we were watching the game, I suspect.

Adam Wainwright was not exactly an ace tonight – he started off the game – double, triple, home run. Pitches all up, middle of the plate, curve not curving. He appeared to wright himself, finished the inning with 3 Ks, looked OK in the second, but in the 3rd, there he went again – homer, double, K, homer.  Matheny yanked him, sent in Joe Kelly, who got the outs.

At the end of the 3rd, I said – that’s it, Gio is cruising, the Cards are toast. I don’t THINK so, said my Mama. They aren’t Astros, you know. It’s funny – one of my baseball buddies said something like – I absolutely HATE the (swear words) Cardinals. No matter which washed up pitcher or crappy minor leaguer they pick up or call up, they all suddenly turn into Babe Ruth/Brian Doyle ’77/Pedro 99 and they only have a few wins over .500 and have NO business in the playoffs and here they (swear words) are again.

So even though I felt gloomy, I wasn’t ready to shut off the TV and find something else to do. Husband shrugged – he knows it is October and he KNOWS what is gonna be on TV in October.  He sat down to watch it with me, said – who you gonna root for – Nats or Giants? I told him prolly Giants, because of Hunter Pence. Our guys have to leave Houston in order to get a Ring.

Fourth inning, Gio walks the Jackal, then Matt Holliday hits (for once) a double, and there goes the shutout. Craig, Molina and Freese strand him.

Joe Kelly gets 1,2,3.

Fifth inning, Gio, uh, does not look like any sort of ace. NOT the ump’s fault – actually he did a good job tonight – only 4 missed pitches I can see. Descalso doubles, Kozma singles, pinch hitter Shane Robinson walks. Bases loaded, no outs. Jon Jay pops out. The Jackal is up – Descalso scores on a WP, then the Jackal walks. Matt Holliday grounds out into a 1-2, then Allen Craig walks in a run, and Yadi Molina takes 2 balls, then stupidly swings at ball 3 and flies out. Only 2 more runs, but it’s

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Trevor Rosenthal comes out, throws 100 MPH heat, gets 1,2,3. Too bad he can’t/doesn’t throw more than 1 inning.

6th – Craig Stammen gives up a single, gets 2 outs, then Sean Burnett gets the last out. Righty Mujica comes in, gets Morse and Desmond to groundout, gives up a single and a walk, then PH Roger Bernadina Ks.

7th – Edwin Jackson relieves. He walks Jon Jay, then Carlos the Jackal hits a grounder to the RF corner and it’s men on first and third, no out. Matt Holliday grounds 6-3 and Jay scores. Craig Ks (he had a lousy game, yes) Yadi walks, David Freese up for Hero Time, but no, he Ks swinging.

So, says Husband, you think your Mama gonna root for the Tigres, seeing as how the Cards are done for? YOU ask her, I said. I mean, It sure looks like it’s over because it will be Clippard and Storen – maybe they’ll get to Clippard, because he’s looked VERY tired the past few weeks. Youneverknow.

Nats 6 Cards 4

Mitchell Boggs comes in and gets Werth, Harper and Zimmerman.

8th – Sure enough, it’s Clippard and he gives up a leadoff homer to Descalso. But then he gets 3 outs, so it’s

Nats 6 Cards 5

Chipped away a little, but not quiiiiite enough, unfortunately. They should have scored more runs int he 5th – I mean, bases loaded, no outs and only 2 runs??!! And in the 7th, too. Ah well.

Closer Jason Motte is in – no complaints, seeing as how Boggs just got pinch hit for and the other relievers are used up and Eyechart has been teh sukc. So naturally, he gives up 2 straight singles. Then a FC from Desmond and it’s men on first and third for Espinoza, who has had like 1 hit this series, and he pops up. Chad Tracy pinch hits and pops up too. So there is ANOTHER run – just what the Cards didn’t need to give up because they’re now back to 2 runs down and it’s

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9th – In comes Drew Storen to slam the door SHUT. He faces the Jackal, who doubles. Holliday grounds out again. Allen Craig Ks. Now – remember how I said that the HP ump had done such a good job? Well – you remember the one strike away thingy from last year, right? Well – THIS time the one strike away is the strike that got away. Storen throw a perfect slider just above the knees down the middle. It gets called ball 1. Yadi swings and fouls one at his shoulders, then takes ball 2 in the same place. He fouls off a good FB, then takes 2 outside pitches for a walk. David Freese is up for Hero Time. But again Storen doesn’t get that strike call on the slider at the knees mid plate and Freese also walks.

Bases loaded again. And, by the way, Storen did have those 2 pitches not called strikes, but in both cases, he threw 2 more pitches waaayyy outside the zone, NOT close.

And Storen is facing the bottom of the lineup, the #7 hitter. Adron Chambers comes in to pinch run for Yadi and ain’t real too much left on the bench. Matheny is pulling out ALL the stops.

So Descalso comes in, swings at the first pitch and hits a ball into the 5.5 hole – Desmond can’t get hold of it in time to prevent 2 runs from scoring and WE HAVE A TIE GAME!!!!!!

It’s Pete Kozma, the #8 guy. Descalso takes off for second on the first pitch – which is a slider at the knees, mid plate, only this time it’s called a strike. Kozma takes strike 2. He lets 2 balls go by, then hits a FB belt high on the outside corner into right and 2 runs are in

AND THE CARDS LEAD 9-7!!!!

Jason Motte hits for himself and strikes out swinging on ball 3, which is neck high.

Jayson Werth flies out. Bryce Harper Ks, swinging at a pitch at his neck. Perfect climb the ladder sequence. Ryan Zimmerman pops out and

THUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHH Cardinals are going to the NLCS to face the Giants and Mike Rizzo is going to face an absolutely relentless press who is going to blame the whole failure on the shutdown on Strasburg and not on Werth hitting .238, Harper hitting .130, Adam LaRoche hitting .176 and Espinoza hitting .067. Also, wasn’t Strasburg who made all starting pitchers not named Detweiler uck-say. Gio Gonzalez is probably going to win the Cy Young and he threw 2 not ace quality games. To be nice about it.

AND, youneverknow, maybe Strasburg would have stunk it up in the playoffs – he didn’t look real too good by the end of his season. But Rizzo just might could be a leeeeetle bit overconfident about the team winning all these playoffs with Strasburg in the future. I COULD point out the 90s Braves, who won ONE WS. I could point out the Phils, who won ONE WS. I could point out ALL those Billy Beane Athletics teams which can’t nevah seem to get past round 1.

It’s baseball and youneverknow.

GO TIGERS!!!!!!

And Giants and Cards – well, I’m rooting for Hunter Pence to get a Ring. Lance already has his.

10/9/11: Win/Win; Over 1 Hour Of Rain + Rangers Outpitch Tigers

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

I can’t hardly remember the last time we had so much as a few drops of rain here – seems like years ago. So I guess I had heard something or other about posssibly rain/flooding and it passed over my head, like anything resembling a rain cloud had done for the past year.

So it was Wash Your Dogss Real Good Day – Dogss don’t appreciate the wonderfulness of getting rid of Dog stink, but I do and I had em washed and dry and their fur all nice and clean and soft, just like they hate it to be. And I let them out in the backyard to do their bidness for a while.

Then I heard this funny sound, which continued for like 10 minutes – sounded familiar, like I’d heard it before, then suddenly I realized that it was RAIN on the roof. And yeah, you guessed it – wet Dogss and wet Dog smell again.

Us Texans are experiencing absolutely TERRIBLE drought – and yeah, while the northeast is practically drowning, so rain was MORE than welcome. And there was over an hours’ worth of downpour in Arlington. But unfortunately not near enough for there – and here we got a lot less than that.

As for the game, no Ex-stros played, and neither Verlander nor Wilson was pitching ace baseball when the game was interrupted in the 5th and I didn’t make it back until Feliz got the 1,2,3 out in the 9th.

And who ever thought I’d be happier to see ANY rain than to talk about baseball????

Ex-Stro Jose Valverde Kicks Yankees Out Of 2011 Playoffs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

As usual last night, I was ridiculously busy with kidz -

life tip: anyone who thinks that babies and toddlers take lots of time ain’t seen NOTHIN compared to when kids start school. I mean, needing time and attention and, uh, persuasion (ahem) to do stuff like everything they don’t WANNA do. Which is a lot more than not just wanting to take a nap or eat anything without gravy on it. This is not including the time it takes to take them places and get em back, neither.

Where was I? Oh yeah.

So last night was ALDS Game 5 of Tigers vs Yecchies. Because of the rainout on Game 1, neither team could use its ace to starat. Sort of like what happened to (only) the Astros in 2005 because Brad Lidge, unlike Valverde, wasn’t NAILS in NLCS Game 5. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Both teams threw very VERY good pitchers out there – Doug Fister (what a, um, difficult – ahem – name for a boy to have, hunh? My young teenage cousins – males, of course – get all Beavis/Butthead over the name – huh huh huh) vs Ivan Nova. Media was all Up Set about it because they wanted to hand in their already written stories about Verlander vs Sabathia Round 2 and they had to “settle” for having to talk about 2 young pitchers who aren’t STAHS!!! or paid much.

I absolutely hate it when the Yankees win. By the way - I know there are real Yankees fans, meaning the folks who grew up in NYC/NY/NJ whose family had been fans, or the kids were fans since they grew up watching the team. You rooted for the Yanks in like 89/90/91 when they were basically the Astros 89/90/91 with a richer, crazier owner, you are the real thing. I respect that – I do. And those folks are not who I talk about when I talk about hating Yankees fans/Yankees Organization in general. Yankees Entourage “fans” to me are kind of like the party girls/groupies who go to where the rich people hang to try to, uh, party (ahem) with the STAHS!!! – including guys they couldn’t differentiate from dried paint if they weren’t rich/famous. But they want a piece (hahahaha) of that pie (and yes, males are just as guilty of, uh, sucking up – ahem – to money/fame people).

Anyway, I turned on the game (while trying to get kidz to do stuff like homework and pick up their stuff ) it’s at the New Hideous – If You Ask How Much Tickets Cost To See Like A Royals Game, You Are Poor Trash – Stadium. Little Boys – well, actually, not exactly little no mo, suddenly remember that they are HUGE baseball fans and really REALLY wanna watch with Mami. Seriously, these are kids who would watch golf, or soccer, or paint dry if it got them out of having to submit to massive Gitmo-type torture perpetrated by their Mean Mami consisting of making them get their clothes out of the drier and put them away where they belong (drawers/closets – not floor, bed, counters, table, etc) than finishing homework.

Number 2 son announces – hey, no Suck-Stros, hahaha. Number 1 son says – hey, the Yankees, yeah!!! I hit the off button, looked at kids with THAT Look, told them, the other team is the Detroit Tigers and any person in this house not rooting for the Tigers can just go right NOW and do homework. Yankees are better, announces Number One Son, as he sulks his way back to the homework table (where I can keep an eye on kids and watch the game without missing a beat); Number 2 Son isn’t quick to be so mouthy – says, are there any Astros? Yeah, I told him – Jose Valverde, the closer with the gut who did all that dancing and fist shoving on the mound if he closed the game out. Number 2 son picks up the cue, pretends he remembers. ANYthing is better than spelling lists and vocabulary tests.

Meanwhile, the game – Ivan Nova, who is actually a product of the Yankees farm system who wasn’t given/thrown away because he had ANY difficulty in any game EVER (see, for example, Ian Kennedy) and a rookie who had an outstanding year, given the team he pitches for and the enormous burden of expectation of perfection, is pitching. He gets (ex-Yankee) Austin Jackson swinging on 4 pitches, then 31 year old utility guy Don Kelly (never heard of him before, but then again, I seldom watch DH-tainted pretending to be Real Baseball type games) takes an impossible strike, then hammers the next one, a hanging curve, over the RF wall. Hardly a moon shot, but hey, it’s a good sign all right. Very next pitch is a nice high FB and Delmon Young (more on him in a sec) hammers it to the upper deck in left.

7 pitches, 2-0 Tigers.

WOW, says #2 son. Number 1 son has already run over from his homework (any excuse will do, I told you) and number 3 son even comes over to check it out. Is he an Astro asks #3.

Nope, I told him. He was a big shot and he KNEW it – first guy picked the year you were born (03). He was 18, thought his excrement had no odor (translation for G-rating) and had additude all though the minors, and was kept there an extra year so as he might could learn to not act like a complete, uh, jerk. He came up when you were 3, hit pretty well, and the next year, in spite of not hitting or fielding well for a left fielder (91 OPS+) was second in the ROY voting. But he was 21, acting like 13, wasn’t a real too particular good fielder and he mouthed off too much to coaches trying to help him, so his whining ass got traded to Minnesota for a decent pitcher, Matt Garza. Minnesota had plenty of pitchers, they thought – although it really is true that you can’t really never have too much pitching, and they wanted an outfield bat. But Delmon was not even average for his first 2 years, then had his first good year hitting last year. And when he didn’t do well this year, and his team didn’t do well because their 2 best hitters were out sick almost all year, he got traded to Detroit for a couple of minor leaguers. Sort of a kick in the pants, you feelin me here?

Like Hunter Pence to the Phillies, only Hunter was a GOOD ballplayer and Delmon was not (the kids liked Hunter, and like most Astros fans, were ANGRY when Pence and Bourn were given away – I mean traded).

Anyway, Delmon did OK after the trade, so maybe he had grown up enough to understand that this was his Last Chance to behave.

Said calmly, not pointedly – just kind of offhand so as they could pretend they didn’t really hear even though they sure nuff did

After the inning was over, I shut the TV off – told the kidz they HAD to do homework first, Which was true, but a whole lot of me was afraid that Fister would go all Brett Myers in his half of the inning. I mean, with the baseball (hahaha). Yes, I love puns.

Went back to sneak a peek at the top of the 3rd, saw the score was still 2-0 and was really surprised to see Phil Hughes pitching. Checked out Gameday quickly, and Nova gave up a double, a groundout to second, a groundout to third and a 3-2 K – 10 pitches. I figured he must have been hurt, although the announcers didn’t say (and I try to keep the mute on as much as possible because I’ve been too spoiled by Brownie and JD to descend to the level of what passes for network announcers) but I considered it a very good omen. Not that I want someone to be injured, but that maybe guys who weren’t relievers would not do well relieving. No Scott Proctering though.

Fister lasted through 5 – had runners on in every inning but the second, included bases loaded 1 out in the 4th – but got the next 2 outs to strand em all. Gave up only a solo homer to Cano, now the best hitter on the Yankees, Jeter Worshippers notwithstanding.

Phil Hughes pitched 2 innings, then “ace” CC Sabathia came in to pitch the 5th with the score 2-1. He gave up a double to Jackson, the leadoff guy, got 2 swinging Ks, then, to my utter shock, he was told to IBB Miguel Cabrera to pitch to Victor Martinez. I mean, it was like watching Millsie-poo. WHY??? WHY!!!!! would your ace – your ACE, who is not tired, be instructed to intentionally walk a batter in his FIRST inning of work with 2 outs, man on second??? Cabrera is a great hitter, but Martinez isn’t exactly Mendoza. It’s one thing to IBB Cabrera to face a really tough lefty hitter, but another good righty? Your ACE??? Could it be deciding based on small sample size matchups of 5 fer 26 vs 9 fer 16? I think that throwing pitches out of the strike zone on purpose when the pitcher is going to be facing a GOOD hitter isn’t the smartest, and sure enough, Victor Martinez hits a single to center, scoring the run – Jackson was almost to third before the ball landed and no one could have thrown him out. Los Tigres 3 – 1.

Turned the TV off, made the kids go to bed – skool tomorrow, bus comes early, and it’s not the Astros.

Don Kelly, you know, the nobody utility guy who hit the first homer int he 1st, was switched to right, and in the 8th, he caught His Jeteriness’ long fly ball to the warning track. “Captain Clutch” and His Intangibles didn’t show up tonight – in fact, the Greatest Yankee EVAH!!!, well, except for The Great Mariano and His 600 saves- and yes, I am certainly including Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle who played Back Then when nobody realized that closer are far more important to the team that any guy who plays every day, had a .572 OPS for the 5 game series, 5 singles, 1 walk, a double, 2 RBIs – both in Game 4 with the 10-1 score, 1 stolen base and a grand total of 6 runs scored.

Anyway, Valverde comes in to close out the 3-2 game in the 9th as Husband and I sit to rootrootroot for the Ex-Stro and he mows down the heart of the Yankee lineup – Granderson, Cano and Alex Rodriguez, who hasn’t played a full year’s game since 07, and it’s 6 more years of 32 mill a year, too. And I keep yelling about the Clank deal…

So the Two Pimped Teams (yeah, I know the RedSux got eliminated on the last day of the season) are already out of it and all the network guys are screaming in agony. You spend all your airtime pimping pretty much only The Two Teams That Matter and after they are gone, mainstream fans are like – well, if the other series go to gave 7, we’ll tune in, maybe, to watch the Game 7 between the iforgetwhos. I mean, I know youse Network guys mention some other teams now and then so there must be some others and guess they hafta play SOMEone.

So Husband looks at me – says – you look like the cat who got into the cream (more on that later) and you know that Detroit got a BIG payroll, too. I said – yeah, but they play in like the 3rd most economically depressed city in the country – you talk about a bad market, and their owner spends money and puts a good team on the field. And somehow, they pack the place. So you gotta tip your cap.

I know all yall gonna ask if I’m gonna root for the Nolan Ryans vs the Tigers and I’m gonna tell you that I don’t care, really. Me, I’m pulling for the NL team and deciding which one (before tonight’s game) is tough. I would dearly love to see Lance get a Ring, but that means rooting for Uncle and TLR (shudder). I would dearly love to see Pence and Oswalt get a Ring – yeah, Roy is just about done for, but still, after all those years of ace-hood here, I’d still like it – in spite of having to root for The Big Money Team NL version. I’m kind of torn about the Brewers – I LUUUUVVVV Da Prince when he’s not facing us, but then again, I’d rather they or the Dbax move to the AL instead of us, and if one of em win a WS, gonna be tougher to have any leg to stand on, especially as the Astros now look like Pirates after 92 version 2.0…

The cat. Gotta tell all yall bout that (especially remembering Phat Stuff Dog and his incredible effect on the Astros run to the finish line 6 weeks before the end of the 04 season…)

I don’t like cats, never did, but my not like was seriously re-enforced bout the time I was 10 and was over at a friend’s and their cat jumped out from under a table as I was walking by and bit me on the ankle. I screamed so loud you coulda heard me in Pasadena and of course, I had to take icky medicine and get a shot. Since then, I get shut of cats. But the day before yesterday, I was sitting outside at a table with a couple of gf and suddenly, like out of nowhere, this cat materialized out of thin air (it’s what they do) and jumped up on the table.

He was a biggish tom, looked like a Siamese, only instead of light brown fur with dark brown ears and tail, I swear to God he had red, yes, red edges to his ears and tail (must have had some ancestor who is a ginger cat or something). We’d finished eating, so there wasn’t much of anything left except a few scraps of bread and fries, and in spite of the fact that he’s pretty scrawny, no collar or tag, he ignored the food, picked his way across the table, sat down in front of me and started with all this miaowing, caterwauling. I never heard a cat make so much noise, but I guess it’s the Siamese Cat way of life.

He’s sitting right in front of me, staring at me, and for some reason, instead of, I don’t know, just getting up before I got jumped on or scratched or whatever, I said, right to him, and don’t ask me why I was talking to a cat like he’s a Dog, because I don’t know why - I said, “I don’t like cats so GO AWAY!!!!”. But he didn’t move, just started up with a few miaows. So I glared at the cat and said – like, what, are you a Yankees fan or something? And he gave me one of those cat hisses showing his teeth, got up, jumped down and stalked away. It was to laugh.

So I took that as a good sign for the Tigers, you know what I’m sayin.

And in case you’re curious bout what happened to that cat, well, after we got up to go, I noticed him over with one of my gf at her car, him all rubbing up against her ankles, and all caterwaulin – never shut up for a second, and yeah, the little loudmouth SOB got hisself picked up and taken home.

Guess El Tigre knows how to play…

6/29/09: Cooper Pulls Ortiz, For No Good Reez, Stros Fans Say PUHLEEEEZE

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Ortiz didn’t deserve what happened. He pitched GREAT, gave up 6 hits – 4 singles, a double and a solo homer – NO walks and 5 K and 2 GIDP and 2 runs. He was cruising in the top of the 8th, got the first out, after cruising through the 7th getting 3 quick outs on 8 pitches. For absolutely no reason I can think of, Coop pulled Ortiz in favor of Tim Byrdak.

WHY???

Ortiz is at 90 pitches, not tired, throwing well. I mean, he just had him hit in the bottom of the 7th, and then pitch to 1 guy in the 8th???

Is this Coop’s usual unspeakably stupid crap about the lefty/righty thingy? Who knows? Why not let Ortiz finish the game? WHY won’t the reporters EVER ask Coop questions like that???

And with 2 out, and a 1-2 count, Valverde decided to replay the Brad Lidge Albert Pujols debacle and goodbye ball game. Yep, Inge sent that ball over the railroad tracks, just like Uncle (proving yet again that you don’t have to be a large man to hit a ML fastball a LONG LONG way…)

So, with no further ado (with apologies to R Kelly) what I think I just might could have heard Mr. Lidge say to Mr Valverde:

“But you are not alone
Though I’m not there with you
Though we’re far apart (Thank God)
And you got took over the tracks
But you are not alone

Earlier tonight
I thought I heard you cry
Oh NOOO, not AGAIN
The second in 3 GAMES
I can hear your prayers
Your burdens I understand

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did that pitch get away
Let me whisper in your ear and say
Like, dude, you are SOOOO screwing up your trade value
Throwing mid plate belt high FB
They get hit far away
And you’ll be there to stay…”

Of course, I should also note that the Astros were darn lucky to get 3 runs off 6 hits, a sac fly and no walks.

sigh

Valverde has given up 4 homers over 16.1 IP (17 games), saved 6, blown 4 (and lost 2 of those.)

Oh. By the way, the Cards went out and traded for Mark DeRosa, who is REALLY good and can play bout any position except pitcher and catcher. And all they gave up is a crappy middle reliever. We could have offered them Maysonet and Towles, seeing as how Cooper and the Astros regard them as about as good as a bucket of warm spit – something they should be reserving for Michaels and Kata.

Gerry Hunsicker would have been ALL ovah that. Of course, he wouldn’t have been signing/using the likes of Kata and Michaels in the first place, neither.

We’re off to play the Peavy-less Padres and game times will be starting at 9, so no writeups until the next day. Sorry. I GOT to get to bed earlier these days because I got to get up when it is a nice, frosty 75 degrees out to get stuff done because you know you GOT to be back inside before 9 AM.