Friday, May 06, 2005

Wait...What Just Happened?

So, to review: Mark Prior pitched his ass off for 8 innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 10. Derrek Lee hit a clutch 2 run homer in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead. It was a beautiful game for the first 8 innings before it took a turn towards the tragically bizarre. In an attempt to give Cub fans a heart attack, LaTroy Hawkins entered the game in the top of the ninth. His success rate with 1 run saves is just over 50%.
"I like those odds!" Said Dusty Baker.
He gave up a single, then an infield single (which bounced off his glove), walked a batter, and struck out the next.
"One for four" Said Dusty "not bad!"
He then caught a line drive hit back to the mound, for the second out, but he wasn't finished. He looked to third, and then turned back to first and threw a bullet directly at the Phillies Jose Offerman's helmet in a futile attempt to turn a double play. The ball bounced into the stands allowing two runners to score, and the Phillies wound up winning 3-2.

Does it count as an earned run if the run scores on a pitcher's error?

"A lot of people forget how versatile I am." Said Hawkins after the game. "I have many different ways of blowing a save. I can do it with pitching and with defense."

After complaining of a toothache, Todd Hollandsworth got his teeth inspected by the homeplate umpire yesterday.

"lemme see there, say ahhh...oh yeah, you got yourself a cavity alright"


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