Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)
FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck
NINE TO KNOW
April 22, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.
1. The first is the worst – Jake Peavy surrendered the first grand slam of his career as the Padres lost to the Giants, 8-3. Edgar Renteria took Peavy deep after Peavy had gone 1,284.1 innings before allowing a grand slam.
2. Another first at Wrigley – In the Cubs 7-2 victory over Cincy, Chicago’s Micah Hoffpauir homered off Reds starter Micah Owings. It was the first all-Micah homer in MLB history.
3. Another first in Washington – The Nationals have won consecutive games for the first time all season. In fact, they have won their first series of the season as they topped Atlanta for the second straight game winning this one 4-3.
4. He wanted to be first, but got his first – Roy Halladay was hoping to be the major’s first four-game winner but he ended up taking his first loss of the season as the rangers beat Toronto, 5-4. Halladay has a 5.36 ERA against Texas, his highest against any AL team.
5. A first for Safeco – The roof at Safeco Field has been open for the first seven home games this season for the first time in the 10-year history of the stadium and the Mariners moved to 4-3 at home with a 4-2 win over Tampa. The Rays have lost six of seven as Jarrod Washburn moved to 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
6. First for the Pirates – The Pirates pitching staff is now first in the NL with a 3.00 ERA after finishing with an NL-worst 5.10 ERA last year. Pittsburgh beat the Florida Marlins, 3-2, behind Jeff Karstens who got his first win of the season
7. He wins his first time out – Brad Bergesen, Baltimore’s 2008 minor league pitcher of the year, won in his major league debut as the Orioles defeated the White Sox, 10-3. Bergesen gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
8. They did two six times – The Cleveland Indians allowed the Kansas City Royals to get on base only to turn six double plays including five straight innings worth. Yes, that ties a record.The Tribe won, 8-7.
9. Stopped at eight – The Astros stopped the Dodgers winning streak at eight games with an 8-5 victory. Manny B Manny homered in a losing cause but he passed Honus Wagner on the all-time RBI list, he now has 1,735 RBI good enough for 18th on the career list.
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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