Monday, May 31, 2010
What A Day
What a day in the world of baseball. 3 walk-off hits, 3 home runs by the best hitter in baseball, 14 strikeouts by a Tiger, a hit streak extended to 54 games, and the best pitcher in baseball getting even better.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his 100th career home run, and it looked like the Washington Nationals were poised to take the series from the San Diego Padres (who were wearing the best looking jerseys in all of sports). In the 11th inning, Nats' second baseman Adam Kennedy fired a ball into the Padres' dugout, allowing Lance Zawadzki to advance to second base, opening the door for pinch-hitter, Nick Hundley. He smacked a 2-2 pitch into left, scoring Zawadzki for the game winner.
Coming just a day after the bizarre ankle injury during Kendry Morales' walk-off celebration, Howard Kendrick was able to provide some more fireworks out in Anaheim. Trailing 7-3 after 5 innings to the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels mounted an impressive comeback, capped by Kendrick's 3-run walk-off blast to give them the victory, 9-7.
A real see-saw match out by the Bay between the San Fransisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks was ended by Andres Torres' RBI single in the 10th frame. Torres went 4-6 in the game, and helped give Arizona their seventh loss in a row.
He's back. After a rough power shortage, Albert Pujols has been re-charged. Hitting two home runs in 97 at-bats in all of May, three more on the last day was a good way to end it. He scored four runs in his fourth career three-homer game. The St. Louis Cardinals housed the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, 9-1.
Max Scherzer, fresh off the plane from Triple-A Toledo pitched a career high 14 Ks for the Detroit Tigers against the Oakland Athletics. Even with the two perfect games, 14 strikeouts is where the bar is now set.
Another dominating performance came out of Boston this afternoon. The best pitcher in baseball, Jon Lester was in true from again for the Red Sox against the Kansas City Royals. Lester won his sixth start in a row, giving the home team 7 innings, and allowing 4 hits and a run while striking out 5. David Ortiz also homered for the 10th time this month in the 8-1 Sox victory.
If there were a College Baseball Fantasy League, whoever owned Garrett Wittels would be cleaning house. With another two hits today, Wittels increased his streak to 54 straight games. Wittels is only a sophomore at Florida International University.