Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 1. Once again the team struggled mightily at the plate. In fact, the only run was scored on a fielder’s choice when Greg Norton grounded to first base. That was followed by Roy Halladay retiring the next ten batters he faced. Only one other runner reached thirdbase for the Rays (Julio Lugo in the 1st inning). Jonny Gomes and Toby Hall both grounded into inning ending double plays that killed potential rallies in the 6th and 7th innings. Mark Hendrickson, was not particularly strong but he kept the score close, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. However, the bullpen once again let the game get away, allowing 2 more runs in the 7th inning. And just like that, the good feeling that was the 4 game winning streak is gone after losing the first two games in Toronto. Arrggggggg.
New York 7, Boston 5. The Yankees got a boost with the return of Gary “I’ll throw balls into the stand to get traded” Sheffield and took the second game from the Boston Red Sox. Doubleplay-Rod hit a 3-run home run to put the game away. If you haven’t seen A-Rod’s home run, go look for it…It is worth it for the Unintentional Comedy Factor. When A-Rod hits the ball he thinks he popped it straight up. At first he doesn’t run and he starts looking up trying to find the ball. He then holds out his arms wondering what is going on. In the meantime, the ball is heading over the Green Monster. We guess that is what happens when you are struggling. And to make matters worse for Rodriguez, according to many Yankee fans he is the most overrated player in baseball. Remember we are talking about the player that won the MVP last year playing for the Yankees. He hit .321 with 48 homers and 130 RBI, yet according to many in New York, he has never hit a meaningful home run or driven in a meaningful RBI. The perception is that he only hits home runs and drives in runs when the team already has a 10-run lead. The latest incident was on Sunday in the 8th inning with the Yankees trailing the Mets 4-3. With one out and runners on first and second, A-Rod grounded weakly into a double play, earning him the new nickname amongst Yankee fans…Doubleplay-Rod. We understand demanding the best from your players and we definitely understand the extra bright lights of playing in New York, but this guy won the MVP last year. These are the same fans that would find something to complain about if Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game.
Baltimore 14, Seattle 4. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing…The O’s score 9 in the 9th inning, to make the score look worse than it actually was.