Billy-Ball Daily: 2009-5-14

5/14/2009
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

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

NINE TO KNOW

May 14, 2009 – Here are nine things you need to know in order to talk baseball today.

1. Zimmerman starts new streak – Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 30 games Tuesday and Wednesday started a new streak of one consecutive game going hitless in Washington’s 6-3 win over San Francisco. Yesterday, Zimmerman went 0-for-3 with two walks and did not come close to a hit. The Nats are back to be being boring. Talk about: Nationals starter Shairon Martis , who improved to 5-0; remarkable success for a team that has won only 11 games.

2. It’s outta here! Er, on second thought… – It’s the bottom of the 1st in Pittsburgh and Adam LaRoche is at the plate and he hits a flyball that hits something on the top of the right field wall. He runs to second and stops only to be waved home as first base umpire Lance Barksdale signaled a home run. Let’s go to an unpaid commercial break as we have an umpire review.
If you are not watching the MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight: 1st to 3rd” each night you are missing great baseball and great television.
We’re back, and that was no home run! For the first time the umps reversed a home run call and LaRoche’s hit was a double. The Pirates won the game over St. Louis, 5-2 and now the interest in the Bucs stops here.Talk about: Ross Ohlendorf got the win, allowing two hits and one earned run in six innings.

3. It’s outta here! Er, on second thought… Redux- Ross Gload of the Marlins thought he hit a two-run homer off of Braden Looper of the Brewers, but after an umpire review, yadda, yadda, yadda, foul ball. Since video review began last August 28, 10 calls have been upheld and now four have been changed, two for homers two for not-homers. Rickie Weeks did successfully homer for the third straight game in Milwaukee’s 8-6 win over the Marlins.Talk about: The Brewers have won eight of 10 and 12 of 16 while the Marlins have lost three in row and nine of 12. Also talk about: The Marlins’ Chris Coughlin became one of three players to hit his first major league homer yesterday. If you can’t name the other two, keep reading.

4. Walkoff granny – Joe Crede hit a two strike, two out walkoff grand slam in the 13th inning give Minnesota a 14-10 victory over the Detroit Lions (a touchdown and a field goal?). For Crede it was his sixth career walk-off homer, seventh career grand slam and second career walk-off grand slam. Talk about: The Tigers’ Dontrelle Willis made his return to the major leagues by giving up eight hits, four runs and two walks in 4.2 innings.

5. Braves Martinize the Mets – Martin Prado hit a homer off Ken Takahashi (0-1) with one out in the 12th to give the Braves an 8-7 victory over the Mets in New York. Jose Reyes had three doubles and two base running mistakes and David Wright committed his fifth error of the season leading to an unearned tying run for the Braves. Talk about: Atlanta completed a 6-2 road trip all against the NL East.

6. Parra’s first – Arizona’s Gerardo Parra homered in his first major league at bat leading the Diamondbacks to a 10-3 loss to the Reds. Winning pitcher Johnny Cueto is now 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last six starts. Willy Taveras singled three times to extend his hitting streak to 14 games leaving him just 16 games behind Ryan Zimmerman’s high for the season. Talk about: Parra became the 100th player in MLB history to homer in his first career at-bat.

7. Gardner’s first – Brett Gardner hit his first major league homer in the Yankees 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Talk about: Gardner’s teammates gave him with a phony baseball, spelling his name wrong, writing the wrong date and saying the homer was a solo shot, not a two-run drive. Gardner said the real one will go into his trophy case alongside his first career hit.

8. Guillen’s first, finally – White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected during yesterday’s 4-0 loss to Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians. It was Guillen’s first ejection this season and the 17th of his glorious career. Talk about: It was the first shutout by the Indians this season and the sixth zippo for Chicago.

9. UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION: After all if I don’t do it, who will?

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