Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-4-13

4/13/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

NINE TO KNOW

April 13, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. Phillies LOL – Lights Out Lidge does it again as he records his 43rd straight save for the Phils in their 7-5 win over the Rockies.

2. Royals enjoy flat Coke – KC rallies against the Yankees Phil Coke to defeat NY 6-4 and avoid the sweep.

3. Well, I’ll be dar(ne)d – Erik Bedard and the Mariners tops the A’s, 1-0 to go three games over .500 (the best they could do last year was one over).

4. No point in haranguing the Pirates – Adam did it already. Harang shuts out Pittsburgh on three hits and no walks as Cincy wins, 2-0.

5. Unlucky 13 for Johan – Santana strikes out 13 Marlins allows no earned runs but lost his first start since last June 28 as Josh Johnso n throws a complete game five-hitter as Florida beats the Mets 2-1.

6. They do better when he doesn’t play – J.D. Drew left another seven runners on base as the Angels thrive after a near brawl in the 1st to beat the Red Sox, 5-4.

7. Ten walks equals one win – Indians win their first game of the season as they draw 10 walks against the Jays. Pronk hits his third of the season as Cleveland beats Toronto, 8-4.

8. Astros Lohse to Cardinals – Kyle Lohse threw a career-best three-hitter and St. Louis beat the Houston Astros 3-0 to complete a three-game sweep.

9. The Nats may need a change, but I doubt they’ll name an Acta manager – Washington ends their opening season road trip 0-6.

PIRATES GET A TRIPLE PLAY

Video Bonus: Pirates pull off the first triple play of the season. It was the first triple play for the Pirates since Aug. 10, 1993, against St. Louis, and the first time the Reds had hit into a triple play since April 21, 2007, against Philadelphia.

The Bucs triple play in 1993 was of the same variety as the one yesterday. In the top of the 8th, at Three Rivers Stadium, the Cardinals had Bernard Gilkey at second and Ozzie Smith at first. Gregg Jefferies was the batter and, with the runners moving on a 3-2 count, he lined a shot in the hole to Pirates shortstop Jay Bell (out number one), who tossed to second baseman Carlos Garcia, who doubled up Gilkey (out number two), who then threw to first baseman Kevin Young who retires Ozzie for the triple play.
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