Holy July, where did you come from? Anyway. Joe Posnanski writing is good, wacky baseball things are good, and Joe Posnanski writing about wacky baseball things is good to the quadrillionth power.
- Tigers/Giants. This one was… well. It’s your highlight of the night for sure.
– Brad Penny, who has had his issues this year, threw seven innings of one-run ball. Though, okay, it was against the Giants, not the craziest thing ever.
— Madison Bumgarner was matching him, but in the bottom of the eighth, a walk to Brandon Inge (!!!) with one out ended his night. Romo relieved Bumgarner, and got Andy Dirks to fly out. Javier Lopez relieved Romo, and Brennan Boesch promptly singled off him.
—- What is with all these relievers? Didn’t the Giants play 14 innings yesterday? Uh, anyway.
—– Brian Wilson came in for Magglio Ordonez, who has really struggled of late. Anyway, game-tying single, followed by a wild pitch that sent runners to second and third, though Miggy lined out.
—— In the top of the ninth, Jose Valverde pitched for the Tigers and was basically a total disaster. He allowed three hits (and a quick run) to open the inning, sandwiched around a strikeout, and then later in the inning with the bases loaded, he walked Nate Schierholtz to force in another run. Bryan Villareal replaced Valverde, and walked Brandon Crawford to force in yet another run. 4-1 Giants going into the bottom of the inning, with Brian Wilson on the mound. Not a big deal, right?
——- Well, apparently it was. A Victor Martinez single, Jhonny Peralta single, Ryan Raburn groundout, Alex Avila walk, and Brandon Inge RBI single (!!!) made it 4-2 Giants, bases loaded one out, and Wilson’s night was done, for Jeremy Affeldt. Wilson was not very pleased by this, by the way.
——- Affeldt coaxed a ground ball off the bat of Andy Dirks that really should’ve been a game-ending double play, only the Giants’ second baseman booted it, didn’t get the out at second, and was too late with the throw to first. Bases loaded, one out, and now just 4-3 Giants.
——– The next batter, Brennan Boesch, hit an absolute rocket… only the shortstop caught it and doubled Inge off second. Giants win, 4-3. Okay, I get the “torture” thing.
——— Aubrey Huff made this face after the game. Wat. (Just to be careful, URL title is not exactly NSFW but uses some R-rated language.)
———- All this while Bill Hall DHed for the Giants. I doth not even.
- After all the craziness, this was Wilson’s line: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K, blown save, win. Wheeeee!
- Matt Stairs walk-off single.
– On Canada Day!
— The Canadian team wasn’t so lucky, as they blew a ninth-inning lead to the Phillies. Though, Frank Francisco involved, maybe not so unpredictable.
- For the second straight day, Juan Pierre had the game-deciding hit for the White Sox.
– This one scored Adam Dunn from first.
- Mark Ellis immediately went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run in his Rockies debut.
- Tony Gwynn never reached base six times in a nine-inning game. Tony Gwynn Jr.’s done that tonight.
– Along these lines, Eduardo Nunez was 4-for-4 tonight.
— Boone Logan got a PA in the Yankees/Mets game (and was immediately replaced by another relief pitcher when the Mets came up to bat, wat). He is actually a righty batter.
- Rich Harden pitched and lived!!
– And Hideki Matsui stole a base, his first since 2007, in the same game.