Walk-off this way
This post was supposed to be up late last night, but the MLBlog app was not kind, and I lost all my work. Oh well.
Tuesday night was walk-off city as the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Giants — in that order — won in their last at-bats. Chris Woodward has been a nice addition for the Mets, and he came through in a big way with his walk-off blast. Omar Minaya has built a nice bench there with Woodward, Marlon Anderson and Miguel Cairo. Now if he can only get himself some relievers and a real closer.
Ryan Howard really impresses me. Here’s a guy stuck behind Jim Thome in Philly, yet comes up and smacks a walk-off tater. The Phllies should do everything in their power to rid themselves of Thome. He’s done. I know a lot of teams won’t take on Thome’s contract, but Howard should be starting at first base for the Phils.
On a side note: Can you imagine if the Phils signed Thome and Tom Glavine after the 2002 season. Wow, they would have been handcuffed by two big contracts. Glavine would have gotten destroyed in that bandbox of a park.
As for the Twins’ walk-off, one of my Fantasy players — Jacque Jones — came through with the game-winning hit. The O’s really should have won that game. Daniel Cabrera pitched decently over 5 1/3, but B.J. Ryan wore the goat horns.
IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
0.2 2 2 2 2 1 0 2.93
I nearly got screwed in the Giants’ win over the Braves. One of my other players, Giants closer Tyler Walker, came in for the save. Instead, he gives up a game-tying dinger to Adam LaRoche. Walker, however, got the win after Jason Ellison’s RBI single in the bottom of the night.
Because of his heroics, Ellison got the old shaving-cream pie.
The other big news of the night was the AL East race. The Red Sox are back in first after their win over the Rays and the Yankees’ loss in Texas. Curt Schilling got his first save since 1992. I am sure he is still talking about it today.
And the Yankees lost a game they should have won. Mike Mussina pitched six strong innings. But that’s the problem — he only pitched six. With Tom Gordon resting, Joe Torre had to go with Felix Rodriguez in the seventh, and Wayne frickin’ Franklin in the eighth.
Franklin promptly !@#$ da bed, serving up a two-run tater to Hank Blalock. And what does Franklin get for his effort? A one-way ticket to Triple-A Columbus.
That’s it for now, time to watch some baseball.