The Team That Got Away

The other night, I was watching the San Francisco Giants game on MLB Network. George Kontos was on the mound. And all of the sudden, Justin Christian entered the game. Sitting on the bench was Joaquin Arias, who will always have the distinction as the guy who the Rangers picked over Robinson Cano in the...

Read more

More musings on Upton

Yesterday morning, Steve posted about trading for Justin Upton. I’m all for this idea; Upton’s a great talent who’s still under 25 (for about a month or so more) and he’s under team control through 2015. He’d make the Yankees better just like he’d make every other team in the...

Read more

Betances rocked in day of comebacks

Trenton came way back to beat Reading 13-12 in 12 innings:

They played a wild one in Trenton today, as the Thunder got themselves into a deep hole early but ultimately came back, twice, to win in walk off fashion after 12 innings. The Thunder trailed 9-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, with they finally got on the board with a five run frame, with the biggest blow being a three run homer from Zoilo Almonte, his 11th of the season. The Thunder were unable to keep the Phillies in check, however, as Reading added two runs to their ledger in the top of the sixth, with Trenton getting just one of those back in the bottom of the inning thanks to doubles by J.R. Murphy, his first at Double-A, and Jose Pirela. The scoring then ground to a halt, and Trenton entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 11-6. To make matter worse, the first two batters of the inning recorded outs, but the Thunder had the mother of all two out rallies in their bones on this day.…

Read more

A’s sweep Yanks, win 4-5 in 12

Robertson got into trouble in the eighth–as he is wont to do–by allowing a single to Coco Crisp, who promptly stole second. But D-Rob got out of the “jam” by striking out Reddick and Cespedes (the A’s two best hitters), and then inducing a groundout from Chris Carter (wasn’t he a football player once?).

And then it was Soriano’s turn, and he looked good, inducing a weak pop out from Brandon Inge for the first out. But, a few pitches later, Seth Smith smacked a long drive to center that, at first glance, looked like it would settle nicely in Curtis Granderson’s glove–until it just kept carrying. And carrying. Over the fence. It reminded me of Phil Hughes yesterday, pointing to the sky after giving up a home run, as if he really thought it was a pop up.

After that, it seemed to be pretty much over for the Yankees: it’s hard to go back out after giving up a win in the bottom of the ninth to a team that you had lost the previous three games to.…

Read more

A’s walk-off in extras, sweep Yankees

The A's celebrate again.

I just invested four hours of my Sunday watching the Yankees stop scoring runs after the fourth inning so I’ll keep this one quick. Bartolo Colon gave the A’s six and two-thirds innings of four run...

Read more