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Yeah, I suppose that’s corny, but there’s really no other word to
describe him. He completely dominated the Cardinals last night, staying
perfect until the fifth inning and remaining near perfect for the rest
of the game. Other than a double to Pujols — who tends to get his no
matter who’s pitching — no one could do a thing against the guy. The
Cardinals didn’t even make him work, as he threw 95 pitches in a
complete game.

Not that this was anything new. Over his last four starts he’s 3-1
(three complete games) with a 1.03 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 37-3. Dude
won the Cy Young last year. Though 16 starts in 2008 he was 8-1 with a
2.54 ERA and K/BB ratio of 103-40. Through 16 starts this year he’s 8-2
with a 2.37 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 132-28. Anyone doubt that he’s
going to win the Cy Young again?

With nasty stuff like that Lincecum could be excused for being a bit cocky. Not that he’s the least bit cocky. Here he is after yesterday’s game:

When I saw the lineup card today, I thought they’re throwing some
pretty good guys out there. But then I thought, ‘I’m good. I’m here for
a reason. I can get these guys out if I make my pitches the way I need
to’ . . . This game can be humbling. The second you go out there
thinking that you’re hot s-, then they hit four home runs off you.
That’s the last thing I want to do. I’m not getting ahead of myself.
I’m not thinking I’m going to shut anybody down because of what I did.
It’s what I’m doing now.

And what he’s doing is shutting everybody down.

Odubel Herrera went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts today

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Did you have a bad day? It’s OK. We all do sometimes. It’s just part of life. Even ballplayers have bad days. Even the good ones.

Odubel Herrera is a good one. He’s only 25, but he’s already got two seasons of above average hitting under his belt. Dude gets on base. He could be a regular for tons of teams, so there’s no shame at all in him having a bad day. And boy howdy did he have a bad day today. He went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the Phillies extra innings win against the Rockies.

“I feel that I am making good swings but I’m just missing the pitches,” Herrera said.

Well, that is how strikeouts work.

Four strikeouts in a game is known as a Golden Sombrero. Players don’t strike out five times in a game very often so they don’t have an agreed upon name, but I’ve seen it referred to as the “platinum sombrero,” which seems pretty solid for such a feat. Six is a titanium sombrero or a double platinum sombrero, though there are references to it as a “Horn,” for Sam Horn, who deserves something to be named in his honor. Horn is like Moe Greene — a great man, a man of vision and guts — yet there isn’t even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him!

But I digress.

The last time a Phillies player did it was when Pat Burrell K’d five times in September 2008. The Phillies won the World Series that year, of course, so maybe this is an omen. [looks at standings] Or maybe not.

Anyway, get a good night’s sleep tonight, Odubel. Shake it off. Tomorrow is another day.

Rachel Robinson to receive O’Neil Award from the Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK (AP) Rachel Robinson will receive the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award from baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 29, the day before this year’s induction ceremony.

She’s the wife of late Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the major league color barrier in 1947. Rachel Robinson created the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1973, a year after he husband’s death. Rachel Robinson, who turns 95 in July 19, headed the foundation’s board until 1996.

The O’Neil award was established in 2007 to honor individuals who broaden the game’s appeal and whose character is comparable to that of O’Neil. He played in the Negro Leagues, was a scout for major league baseball teams and helped establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

The award was given to O’Neil in 2008, Roland Hemond in 2011 and Joe Garagiola in 2014.