Daily Roundup, 07/14/11

Short slate of games today, but well, thanks to the Cubs for being the Cubs at least.

- The second half of the year began with a leadoff Asdrubal Cabrera home run on the very first pitch he saw.

- Holding a 2-0 lead over Florida, the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol proceeded to walk Mike Stanton, the corpse of Mike Cameron, and John Buck (who was really, really, REALLY trying to bunt) to load the bases with nobody out.
– He then had a ridiculous at-bat against Greg Dobbs, which ended in Dobbs hitting a double that would clear the bases. And it shouldn’t have, because the last runner to score completely stumbled and was as good as picked off at third, only the Cubs threw the ball away and he scored anyway.
— Okay, maybe you read this section and kind of rolled your eyes and thought, “Well, it’s the Cubs. And it’s Carlos Marmol.” Surprisingly enough, Marmol hadn’t walked more than one batter in an outing this year before tonight. His final line tonight: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 0 K. Uh, yeah.
—- Carlos Marmol has SEVEN blown saves, even with his walk rate down. And he’s only given up runs in six appearances.
—– The Marlins have won six in a row, and ten of thirteen. WE’RE GOING STREAKING!!!!

- Bartolo Colon gave up eight runs in the first inning and the Yankees, who have won the last nine games immediately following the All-Star Break, lost 16-7 (!).
– Bautista did not have an RBI in that first inning, where the Jays scored two runs on what amounted to swinging bunts.
— Jo Jo Reyes’ line: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K… W. This is a good stat.

- Nelson Cruz has a sub-.300 OBP… and 21 homers.
– Derek Holland, who’s been uneven this year, had a no-hitter through five innings. Then again, it was against the Mariners.
— Chone Figgins broke it up.

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One Response to Daily Roundup, 07/14/11

  1. Chad says:

    Had a perfect game through five, actually, but that was broken up by a walk to Franklin Gutierrez one batter before Figgins. No West Coast update? Well, then, I’ll do the honors.

    -Leading 1-0 after eight innings, the Padres turned to closer Heath Bell, who was going for an even 100 games since he last allowed a home run. Of course, Aubrey Huff led off the top of the ninth with a game-tying home run.
    –His last home run allowed was also against the Giants, given up to Juan Uribe. Mind you, that was in April of 2010.
    —After the combination of Bell, Chad Qualls, and rookie LOOGY Josh Spence combined to retire the next nine Giants, Luke Gregerson came in and allowed the Giants to load the bases with nobody out without the benefit of a hit, walking Cody Ross and Brandon Crawford and committing an error that allowed Eli Whiteside to reach on his sac bunt attempt.
    —-He then induced Miguel Tejada to pop up in foul territory and struck out Andres Torres to get the first two outs without allowing the pinch-runner at third to score…and then walked Mike Fontenot to force in the go-ahead run.
    —–San Diego, which had scored just two runs in their last 44 innings before the All-Star Break, would give up four more runs before finally getting out of the top of the twelfth…so of course, they manage to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Of course.

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