Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)
FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck
NINE TO KNOW
April 16, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.
1. Kinsler re-cycles Weaver’s feat – The Texas Rangers rode Ian Kinsler’s six-hit cycle to a 19-6 victory over the Orioles. Kinsler is the first Rangers player in club history to have six hits in a nine-inning game and the first player with six hits in a game and hit for the cycle since William Farmer Weaver for the Louisville Colonels on Aug. 12, 1890.
2. He set our hearts aflutter like…I guess like a knuckleball – Tim Wakefield went into the 8th inning yesterday with a no-no and ended up with a four-four in an 8-2 complete game Red Sox victory over the A’s.
3. No bull, Tigers shutout ChiSox – Armando Galarraga, whose lyrical name reminds me of a matador, threw 6.1 scoreless innings and ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak, 9-0.
4. Why can’t the Cubs get starters like this? – Jason Marquis spent the last two years getting booed at Wrigley with the Cubs, and yesterday he was booed at Wrigley with the Rockies. In between boos, Marquis hit a bases-loaded single and allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. The Rockies topped the Cubs, 5-2.
5. Why can’t the Cubs get closers like this? – The Cleveland Indians picked up their first road win of the year with a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Kerry Wood picked up his first American League save.
6. Can’t tell the players with a scorecard – Everybody in baseball wore #42 to salute Jackie Robinson yesterday. So when Mariano Rivera, the last player in baseball allowed to wear the officially retired number, came in to save the Yankees 4-3 victory, the Rays probably didn’t know he was…until he threw that cutter.
7. It feels like 2001 in Seattle; let’s invest in Starbucks – The Mariners have won six straight and the team is off to their best start since last playoff season in 2001. Last night, Junior Griffey hit his 613th and his 400th homer as a Mariner. Ichiro made his season debut and hit a grand slam in the 11-3 victory over the Angels.
8. The answer is: “Oliver Perez” – The question is “What overpaid pitcher won the first game for the Mets in their new home?” Perez pitched and Carlos Delgado homered the Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Padres.
9. Dodgers walk to a walkoff – James Loney got two bases-loaded walks in the Dodgers 5-4 win over the Giants. The first came in the 1st, and the second came on the last pitch of the game with one out in the bottom of the 9th. Starters Matt Cain allowed only two runs in six innings and Clayton Kershaw only one hit and 13 Giants strikeouts to earn two no-decisions.
Deal or No Deal! Bonus
Red Sox minor league pitcher Clay Buchholtz has announced his engagement to Lindsay Clubine better known as “Briefcase Model No. 26” on “Deal or No Deal!” There is no indication as to whether Howie Mandel will officiate at the ceremony.
Bill Chuck is the creator of Billy-Ball.com (www.Billy-Ball.com) and, with Jim Kaplan, is the author of the book, “Walk-Offs, Last Licks, and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales,” with a Foreword by Jon Miller, published by ACTA Sports, and available worldwide.
Bill Chuck is available for radio appearances, and writing for print or the web: Bill@billy-ball.com or 617-566-2784.
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