It was a pretty exciting night of baseball last night. Or demoralizing. Guess it depends which side of the five walkoff endings your team was on. The rundown, for those who didn’t read the recaps:
- In Atlanta, Martin Prado’s hit a two-out, 11th-inning single, giving the Braves their second walkoff win over the Giants in as many nights;
- In Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones hit the game-winning homer off Arthur Rhodes, foiling La Russa’s lefty-on-lefty strategy. Which, my snark notwithstanding, was the right call given Jones’ pretty sharp platoon split over the course of his career;
- In Milwaukee, Mark Kotsay had a walkoff single;
- In Chicago, Juan Pierre had a walkoff single in the 14th inning;
- And, as we noted a few moments ago, you can’t stop Brian Bogusevic, you can only hope to contain him.
Just a fun night of coincidental late-game heroics and/or bullpen failures.
Or was it not so coincidental …
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: