Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-4-20

4/20/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

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

NINE TO KNOW

April 20, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. The Dodgers are in Eighth Heaven – Matt Kemp hit a grand-slam and a solo homer to lead the Dodgers to their eighth straight victory, a 14-2 pulverization of the Rockies. The Dodgers are 6-0 at home.

2. The Marlins are in Seventh Heaven – Cody Ross hit a three-run 9th inning double, following an 8th inning solo homer to lead the Marlins to their seventh straight win, a 7-4 deportation of the Nationals. The Nats are 1-4 at home and 0-6 on the road.

3. Red Sox are in Fourth Heaven – Jon Lester picked up his first win of the season, Takashi Saito allowed a run before picking his first Red Sox save to lead the Red Sox to a 2-1 plucking of the Orioles. Boston has won six straight against Baltimore and is 24-6 against the Orioles in the last 30 meetings at the Fens.

4. Not exactly heaven for the Angels – Glen Perkins allowed just one run in eight innings to earn his first win of the year and lead the Twins to sweep of the Angels, 3-1. Perkins has pitched three times and gone exactly eight innings each time.

5. New York splits – The Brewers led by Todd Coffey’s eight-out save topped the Mets, 4-2 at Citi Field. Meanwhile in the Bronx, the Yankees came back from their Saturday humiliation to defeat the Indians, 7-3 thanks in part to a video-review pinch-homer by Jorge Posada. There have been 20 homers in four games at the new Yankee Stadium.

6. “AL East, can you read me? The Jays are in first.” “10-4” – Lyle Overbay who hit a walk-off home run on Saturday, singled in a run in the 2nd on Sunday and that was all Ricky Romero and bullpen gang needed in their 1-0 win over Oakland. The Jays are now 10-4, their best start since going 10-4 in 2001.

7. He’s the Babe – Micah Owings has pitched one game this season for the Reds and got racked giving up four runs in five innings, the rest of his season is going pretty well though. Owings is now 2 for 3 as a pinch-hitter as yesterday he hit his second double of the season driving home two to break 1-1 tie in the 7th inning to lead the Reds to a 4-2 over Houston. Owings is a lifetime .322 hitter.

8. The magic number is 4 for the “Old Unit” – Randy Johnson carried a no-hitter through six and ended up throwing seven innings of one-hit, no-run ball to lead the Giants to a 2-0 victory over, Johnson’s old team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0. Johnson has 296 wins. Augie Ojeda picked up Arizona’s only hit.

9. It’s Marathon Monday in Boston – Hey, Kenya! How’d you do in the World Baseball Classic?

Happy anniversary to my beautiful bride.

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