s even longer than the title of this thread. It took 5 hours, 32 minutes to play 16 innings, ending sometime past 3am east coast time. Pennington's single with one out scored fleet footed Jason Kubel from second base with ease, who said Salas was drunk, sleepy and just wanted the darn game to end.
"He walked me on 4 pitches. It looked so intentional, then they just let me have second base on an easy bunt. I knew something was up when he threw the last pitch of the game underhanded and started walking off the mound before the ball got smashed."
Notable notes from the notebook include Mitchell Boggs blowing the save. No word yet if he will have to do the same to Mike Matheny to keep his closer role secure. On the board with their first home runs of the year last night were Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado, Yadier Molina, Kung Fu Panda, Ike Davis, Adam Dunn, a bunch of other players who don't matter, and Gio Gonzalez.
Tim Lincecum is back! Back to dominating the walks column again, issuing SEVEN free passes in five long, excruciating innings of "work". Most impressive of this feat was the walking of Juan Uribe, who seemed mad at himself for taking the pitch, and later admitted to losing track of the count.
Ubaldo Jiminez is back! Back to his dominating self and not the meatball machine that he has been the past few years. His fastball was sharp and he was locating well. But this was after Toronto made Justin Masterson look like Greg Maddux, so I wouldn't be buying just yet.
Brandon Morrow is... back? On the other end of the game Morrow looked very good. He was his usual erratic self but not his usual over erratic self, if that makes sense. He struck out 8 in 6 innings, walking just two, while giving up six hits. There is no question his stuff is there and he knows how to pitch. The last step for him to master that will propel him from good to ace is consistent pitch location. If he stays healthy I'm predicting a big second half for Morrow.
Gio Gonzalez is b... being his usual awesome self, allowing just four baserunners and no runs in six innings, striking out five. Soriano picks up save number two of what some say could be 60. Or 70. Don't you guys just love early April hype?
In other news, the world can never have too many cute kitten videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLqPT9TfDOc
In other baseball news, Chris Davis went 4 for 4 and blasted home run number two. He is on pace to go .625-243-162-567-0. Clearly he will hit at least 50 home runs. Michael Morse continues his monster spring. After leading all of spring training with nine home runs, he is now the sole possessor of the MLB home run lead with 3.
Alexei Ogando and Matt Harvey both struck out 10 batters against AA teams last night, but the stats will count toward their MLB totals.
John Axford came into a non save situation and made a mess of things. 5 hits and three runs allowed while only getting two out. Rafael Betencourt owners were not happy with Axford either, as the last run put COL up by four, and since he was already warming up they let him come in to close the door.
Finally to close out this mess of a day, the Tigers bullpen reared one of it's ugly heads, this head's name is Coke. Phil Coke. You can't make this stuff up. PHIL... COKE.
Anyway, Coke blows *coughs* both the save and the game, and now Jim Leyland gets to stay up nights practicing his "Mike Henneman ain't walkin' through that door" speech.
LA Angels at Cincinnati
Blanton vs Arroyo
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh
Wood vs McDonald
Detroit at Minnesota
Porcello vs Pelfrey
San Diego at NY Mets
Stults vs Gee
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox
Guthrie vs Floyd
Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Gonzalez vs Hernandez
Seattle at Oakland
Maurer vs Griffin
Miami at Washington
LeBlanc vs Zimmermann
Boston at NY Yankees
Dempster vs Pettitte
Cleveland at Toronto
Myers vs Buehrle
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Lee vs Medlen
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