And That Happened: Monday's scores and recaps

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White Sox 6, Indians 3:
Nice Indians’ debut for Chris Perez: He hit the first two batters he
faced, walked the bases loaded and then gave up a fielder’s choice, an
RBI double, a wild pitch and run-scoring single. One of the guys he hit
— Alexei Ramirez — took it in the head and had to leave the game.
Congratulations, Mark Shapiro and Eric Wedge! After fifteen years of
respectability, you have finally brought the Indians back around
full-circle to “Major League” territory, complete with Rick Vaughn on
the mound.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1:
Rich Harden was impressive, striking out nine and giving up only one
run — while scattering nine hits — over seven innings. Phil Rogers
will likely call for the Cubs to waive him tomorrow. In other news,
this may have been the perfect Craig day at the ballpark: small crowd,
weekday game, not too hot, good pitching, done in 2:17. Really makes me
wish I was there. I can almost taste the Yuengling.

Rays 4, Blue Jays 1:
Roy Halladay came back and was good (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7K), but not good
enough. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer, got another hit and stole a
base. Pat Burrell too. The homer I mean. If he stole a base I probably
would have led with that.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 0:
Jon Lester was fantastic (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8K) and J.D. Drew homered,
tripled, and singled, driving in two. “Baltimore citizenry welcome
Boston conquerors: ‘we kept your rooms just the way you left them’.”
The Red Sox are 22-9 at Camden Yards since the end of 2005 and have won
eight straight there.

Giants 10, Cardinals 0:
Holy crap, Tim Lincecum is good (CG, SHO, 2 H, 8K, 0 BB). Clayton
Mortensen hitting Aaron Roward on the knee with a pitch in the seventh
was the hardest hit the Cardinals had all night.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2:
Florida vs. Washington, on a Monday night in Miami, with a rain delay.
It says that paid attendance was over 10,000. What do you suppose the
real attendance was. Seventeen? Thirty?

Brewers 10, Mets 6: According to the Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt,
Gary Sheffield was booed heavily each time he came to bat. Sheffield
was traded away from Milwaukee over seventeen years ago. Sure, he left
as a very, very unpopular Brewer, having called out the team’s pitchers
and allegedly tanked plays at third base on purpose. Either way,
though, seventeen years is a long time to hold a grudge, isn’t it?
Willie Randolph was the starting second basemen and Jim Gantner was the
starting third baseman on Sheff’s last Brewer club. Rick Dempsey was on
that roster. Maybe they should let it go, ya know?

Royals 4, Twins 2:
Luke Hochevar has had one dawg of a start since his recall on June 6th,
but the others have been aces, including this one (7 IP, 2 H. 0 ER).
Like J.D. Drew in the Red Sox game, Miguel Olivo came a double short of
the cycle, driving in two runs.

Angels 5, Rangers 4:
The Angels are starting to pull away from Texas. This saddens me
because I think I may have been the only person in the free world who
picked Texas to win the west before the season started and I don’t want
to see them slide out of contention. Kendry Morales and Juan Rivera did
the damage for Anaheim, driving in a pair each.

Astros 3, Padres 1: Roy Oswalt’s still got it (CG, 2 H, 1 ER 8K), as he continues to own San Diego.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1:
Rick Porcello was beat up by an A’s offense that doesn’t beat up many,
giving up five runs on nine hits. This is one of the better passages
from a game story this year: “After Porcello was chased, left-hander
Fu-Te Ni struck out Giambi in his major league debut. Ni didn’t know
who Giambi was, and he raised his eyebrows in surprise when told of
Giambi’s achievements.”

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2:
The Dodgers win it on a walkoff homer by Andre Ethier, but it sure took
a while to get there. The Dodgers used eight pitchers, so Joe Torre is
probably going to be sore today from all of that walking back and forth
to the mound.

Video: Undercover David Ortiz drives a Lyft in Boston

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David Ortiz did one of those “Undercover Lyft” spots for, well, Lyft, in which famous people disguise themselves while driving passengers around. Yes, they’re ads, but they’re still pretty funny. At least this one was.

Best parts: (1) the woman who says she has two David Ortiz shirts to which Undercover Ortiz responds, “actually, all my shirts are his shirts”; and (2) when Ortiz agrees with someone that baseball games are “so loooong.” Oh, and at one point he tells a woman who said she was going to the Red Sox game that night that he was too. After he unmasked himself, she explains his own joke to him. Which, ooohhkay.

In other news, people who take Lyfts in Boston either don’t watch much baseball, because Ortiz’s costume is NOT very concealing, or else they simply don’t look at their Lyft driver while in the car, at all.

Scouting in Venezuela: “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time”

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Ben Badler of Baseball America has a story about how major league scouts who cover Venezuela are unhappy with the rules imposed upon them by the league. Rules, they say, which unreasonably prohibit them from scouting Venezuelan players in centralized, team-controlled locations or, alternatively, flying them to team facilities in the Dominican Republic or elsewhere.

The result: international scouts are forced to travel all over Venezuela to evaluate prospect. And, given how destabilized and dangerous Venezuela has become, they believe their safety is at risk:

“MLB’s rules that limit our ability to travel a Venezuelan guy to the Dominican Republic, that limit our ability to get them in a complex at different ages, all these rules are solely contributing to the risks that all of us are taking traveling from complex to complex, facility to facility in the streets,” said one international director. “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time, and it’s on MLB when it happens, because they’re the ones who created these rules.”

As Badler notes, Major League Baseball itself has moved its annual national showcase out of the country due to safety concerns. It will not, however, relax scouting rules — which seem arbitrary on their surface in the first place — in order to make the job of international scouts safer.

It seems that Rob Manfred and the league owe their employees better than this. Or at the very least owe them an explanation why they don’t think they do.