Bob Feller, on pitching in yesterday’s inaugural Hall of Fame Classic at the age of 90:
I had a great time. I almost broke a sweat. I needed a faster
outfield. I didn’t clock [his fastball] because the radar screen
wouldn’t have accepted it. I threw as hard as ever. The ball, I think,
was going about eight or nine miles per hour.
Feller, who was working on four decades of rest for the first time in
his career, induced a pop up from Paul Molitor that dropped in for a
single (hence the “faster outfield” comment), retired Bobby Grich, and
gave up a hit to Steve Finley.
Not bad considering that Grich and Molitor are 30 and 38 years
younger than Feller, and Finley played in the majors two seasons ago.
We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.
The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.
Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.
FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.