Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)
FROM THE BILL CHUCK FILES…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck
NINE TO KNOW
May 13, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.
1. Zimmerman at 31 – Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 30 games going 2 for 5 in Washington’s loss to San Francisco, 9-7. He has the first 30-game streak since Moises Alou in 2007, and the 26th streak of at least 30 games since Joe D’s 56-gamer in 1941. Zim is one short of the franchise record set by Montreal’s Vladimir Guerrero in 1999. The others who have hit in 31 straight since 1900 are Nap Lajoie (Indians, 1906), Sam Rice (Washington Senators, 1924), Willie Davis (Dodgers, 1969), Rico Carty (Braves, 1970), and Ken Landreaux (Twins, 1980). Talk about: Pablo Sandoval hit a 3-run two out walkoff to give the Giants the victory.
2. Boston wins and wins and wins – Celtics, Bruins and the Red Sox all won last night; big deal, wake me when someone from Boston wins the Marathon who wasn’t born in Nairobi. The BoSox scored two in the 8th and one in the 9th on a Jason Varitek double to edge the Angels, 4-3. Talk about: The Angels’ bullpen has been scored on in 20 of 29 appearances with five blown saves, a 2-9 record and a 6.90 ERA.
3. Hamilton returns and homers, no Joshing – Josh Hamilton came off the DL and HR’d as Texas topped Seattle, 7-1. Chris Davis also homered for Texas, as the Rangers have hit at least two home runs in 19 games this season. The Rangers are in first in the AL West and Seattle is now one game under .500.Talk about: The Mariners have now scored one or no runs in 10 games this season, and two runs in four others.
4. Thievery is Werth his while – Jayson Werth stole for the cycle stealing second, third and home in Philly’s 4-3 win over the Dodgers. The Phillies had six stolen bases including Ryan Howard ‘s third of his career. Talk about: The Manny-pausal Dodgers are 1-4 since you know who got caught doing you know what.
5. Prince reigns – Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers and Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron hit solo shots to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins. It was Fielder’s 14th career multi-homer game.Talk about: The Brewers are 19-14, tied with the Reds for second one game behind the Cards.
6. Mets walk in a walkoff – Carlos Beltran drew a two out bases-loaded walk off of Jeff Bennett in the 10th and New York beat the Braves, 4-3. Talk about: The Mets are 1-11 this season when trailing after seven innings and the Braves are now 14-1 when leading after seven innings.
7. It’s another Halladay for the Yankees – Roy Halladay (7-1) five-hit the Yankees as the Jays topped their former pitcher A.J. Burnett, 5-1. It was Halladay’s first complete game of the season and 41st of his career. He is now 3-0 this month and 30-8 lifetime in May. He is also 16-5 lifetime against the Yanks. Talk about: Scott Rolen had three hits and three RBIs for the Blue Jays.
8. Conversation killers – If you want someone to change the subject, away from baseball, bring up these games. Talk about: The Pirates broke their 8-game losing streak by beating St. Louis, 7-1. The Rockies crushed the Astros, 12-1. The A’s finally hit beating the Royals, 12-3.
9. UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION: After all if I don’t do it, who will?
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