Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Night And Day

After a sphincter-clenching first inning, Zach Day settled down and pitched 7 solid innings, allowing just three hits. (The sorry 4/1 BB/K ratio will be left unmentioned!)

After getting wrecked by Los Bravos last week, he rebounded nicely and surpringly. All hail Puberty Boy! He's the Majority Whip!

--Jose Vidro was the offense. Again.

--JJ Davis continues butchering balls to the outfield. The play in the 8th inning when he played an out into a single, but almost into a triple was especially beautiful in a Greg Luzinski sorta way.

--Cristian Guzman hit second. Again. And sucked. Again.

It reminds me of an old George Will essay, which he wrote about growing up as a Cubs fan. He remembered the announcers saying that Roy Smalley Sr, mired in an 0-14 slump, was due.

He learned quickly that that only applied to players like Stan Musial. The Man was certainly due. For Roy, that was just the status quo.

I'm starting to think we might have ol' Roy on the team.

--WTF Frank Senior Moment:
Bottom of the 8th, one out, Wilkerson on first. Cristian Guzman bunts. The first was foul. The second was foul. They took the bunt off and he grounded out to third (shocking result of the night!). But why in the freakin' name of Ozzie Guillen are you bunting in that situaion? Aargh.

It's possible that the shell-shocked Guzman called the first on his own. But, if Frank didn't like it, he could've called it off with a sign. That's assuming that Frank wasn't sleeping at that point. And you all know what happens when you assume.

--WTF Frank Senior Moment runner up.
It worked out, but Day started to come unglued in the 7th, walking the lead-off batter on four. He quickly fell behind 3-1 to the next batter. Apparently, until the 3-1 pitch, the only pitcher Frank had warming was the newly-discovered Hector Carrasco. Hector's been good, but is that really the time you want him to be making his season debut? Of course Carrasco's been around long enough to actually have played with Frank. I guess he know's what to expect.

8 Comments:

  • Nice pull with that Roy Smalley Sr. essay reference!

    This is bad, but part of me is hoping for a "Denny Neagle situation" to get us out from the $ and p.t. due to Guzman. Well, it might be unseemly, but it's less mean-spirited than hoping he falls onto a METRO track during rush hour. ;-)

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/20/2005 10:57 PM  

  • It appears that the Hammer is in the starting lineup this afternoon

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/21/2005 8:36 AM  

  • As far as I'm concerned, Guzman has the batting characteristics of a pitcher. You have the pitcher up, man on first, one out. Of course you bunt.

    -Brick

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/21/2005 9:12 AM  

  • That game was actually fairly boring -- there weren't a lot of tense moments, and the crowd (myself included, I must admit) didn't seem too into it. The third base bleachers didn't even start bouncing until there were two outs in the ninth.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/21/2005 9:39 AM  

  • "Night and Day" - you're one of five blogs (including my own) I counted with attempted puns on Day's name!

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 4/21/2005 9:41 AM  

  • His name's too easy. If I wasn't so lazy, I'd try to work off Zach.

    Now, I did think about coming up with lyrics

    Night and Day
    He is the one...

    But... eh. I was tired last night, and in a meeting all morning.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/21/2005 10:33 AM  

  • It's definitely too easy, I think that's why we all tried. Incidentally, the one in the Washington Times was by far the worst.

    By Blogger Rocket1124, at 4/21/2005 10:37 AM  

  • Open thread today?

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/21/2005 11:13 AM  

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