Nine to Know: According to Hoyle


The defines the idiom: according to Hoyle as “In accord with the prescribed rules or regulations.” It comes from the writings of Edmond Hoyle (1672 – 1769) best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. Basically, it means when things go the way they are supposed to go. Here are nine examples from our games yesterday:

  1. If this was a preview of the ALCS then you can put the great start of Texas behind you because the Yankees did what they are supposed to do. CC Sabathia pitched eight innings, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer, Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th for the save, and Derek Jeter had at least four hits for the 42nd time in his career. The Yankees won, 7-4.
  2. The Dodgers continued to play like the team with the best record in baseball (tied with the Rangers) as they disposed of the Braves, 7-2. Juan Uribe had four hits for the fifth time in his career and drove in three runs to lead the Dodgers to a 7-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves improving their record to 13-4 and 7-0 at 50-year old Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp went 2-for-3 to boost his average to .460. The big news after this game was that Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (0-2), who gave up five runs and nine hits in three-plus innings, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and took his 9.37 ERA with him.
  3. The Royals lost their 11th straight overall and their 10th straight at home last night as Jose Bautista, according to Hoyle, hit a two-run homer, and Kelly Johnson added a solo shot as the Blue Jays beat the Royals, 4-1. It was the Jays first four-game sweep since May 2009. Kansas City (3-13) matched the 2006 team for the second-worst start in franchise history but the good news is that they start a game roadtrip. BTW: The last team to lose 10 straight at home was Arizona in 2004.
  4. The Giants take two from the Mets, 6-1, 7-2. In game one, Tim Lincecum posted his first win of the season as Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered. But, Danny Knobler of has a piece that Lincecum looked better but didn’t look right. Madison Bumgarner was the winner in the nightcap and Pablo Sandoval homered to extend his start of the season hitting streak to 16 games. Sandoval has now tied centerfielder Willie Mays who hit in the first 16 games for the 1960 Giants, and shortstop Alvin Dark who hit in the first 16 for the 1954 Giants. The post-1900 team record is held by centerfielder Johnny Rucker who hit in 18 in a row to start the 1945 seasons. The Mets have lost five of six and dropped to .500 for the first time this year (that’s the Mets according toHoyle).
  5. At Miller Park last night, Ryan Braun had three hits including a homer and Zack Greinke won as the Brewers topped the Houston Astros, 6-5. Overall, since Greinke joined the Brewers he is 18-7 with a 3.92 ERA. Last season at home he was 11-0 with a 3.13 ERA. This season at home, he’s 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He’s 0-1 in his one start on the road this year with an ERA that was a great year for pitchers, 19.64. Milwaukee won its 10th straight against the Astros.  John Axford picke up his 46th consecutive save.
  6. Last night was the way it was supposed to be for the Red Sox. Cody Ross hit a pair of homers, Daniel Bard pitched a critical 8th inning, and Alfredo Aceves earned a save in the Boston 6-5 win over the Twins. Aceves gave up a one-out single and then a high and very deep drive to the warning track in left-center which prompted embattled Sox manager to go to the mound to the deliver the line of the night as reported by Pete Abraham in today’s Boston Globe: Valentine called time, gathered his infielders at the mound and asked Aceves, “Are you trying to give me a heart attack?’’
  7. Remember what a great pitcher Jake Peavy used to be? Last night in Oakland,he pitched the way he was supposed to as he moved to 3-0, tossing a three-hitter against the offensively-challenged Oakland A’s. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko went deep, back-to-back. Oakland has been shut out a league-leading four times already this season.
  8. Well, it didn’t go according to Hoyle for the Cardinals last night as they lost to the Cubs, 3-2. Joe Mather hit a two-run, two out 9th inning walkoff single to give the Cubs the win. The Cubs had seven hits last night, all singles as they went homerless for the ninth straight game, their longest drought since June 30 to July 13, 2007. Matt Kemp leads the Cubs in homers nine to five.
  9. We were reminded at the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park as to how honorary first pitches were formerly delivered: from the owner’s box as opposed to the mound. Last night in Texas, the Rangers honored their great former catcher Ivan Rodriguez with a unique variation on the theme. The Rangers honored Rodriguez in a ceremony prior to last night’s game as Pudge came in from left field in a convertible and was given a standing ovation as he waved to fans. Then Rodriguez made some brief remarks and rather than throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from the mound, Rodriguez went behind the plate and threw the ball to second base to Michael Young. That, my friends, is doing it according to Hoyle.

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