How about Ricky Romero going out there and sweeping that 5 error performance under the rug? This guy is such a stud. That outing was definitely worthy of a Zaunny. By the way, if you somehow missed it, Ricky and JP Arencibia dedicated this game to a 3 year old boy named Ryley Martin, who died the other day. They had met him opening weekend, and he was suffering from leukemia. Both really picked up their games, last night, Ricky by pitching a second straight gem, and JP by hitting a 2-run HR, and scoring the eventual game winner. Had they not both dedicated this game to Ryley, things would be normal, but they both did, and they both performed; they both get Zaun-heads.
That was a pretty decent ball game if you ask me. I mean yeah, they let Wade Davis get in to the 7th inning having thrown only 62 pitches or something nonsensical like that, but I love me a good pitchers duel, so hey. Wouldn't have minded if they'd let him throw a pitch here or there instead of just swangin' at everything as if they were a big team fulla Ruths or something. Jose Bautista had about as bad a 2-game set as he knows how, but fortunately, Houston is in town for three games, so it's all good.
Oh, so you did notice? Yes, it is the beginning of the fancy-pants, unnecessary inter-league games. Such a joke if you ask me. Either do away with the unbalanced schedule, or don't do inter-league play. It was a novelty when it first happened like 10 years ago, but nobody cares now. There's even less of a rivalry between every single matchup, save for the Chicago teams, NY teams, LA teams and the odd other matchup. And in order for those to happen, other teams have to play each other, leading to snoozers like Toronto-Houston, or Detroit-Pittsburgh. Boooo, nobody cares.
Having said all of that, Jojo Reyes goes for Toronto. I've been waiting for him to be cut for a while now, but he's actually pitched well in each of his last two outings, and now is facing Houston, which bodes fairly well for him. Aneury Rodriguez sounds like a guy who would not make any other rotation, but he is starting for Houston tonight. They've lost 5 in a row, while the Jays have won 7 of their last 8.
And hey, remember yesterday when John Farrell said that the Jays would play both Juan Rivera and Edwin Encarnacion at first base until Adam Lind comes back? And then Edwin sucked? And then he said (I paraphrase here) "Edwin will still play, but Rivera gets the start tonight. This has nothing to do with Edwin sucking balls at defense"? Yeah, Rivera plays at first again tonight. So yeah. I'm not exactly sure how everybody in AA and AAA is doing, but the days of that pipedream of turning Edwin in to a compensation pick are drawing to a close. Of course, it's only two games, so we shouldn't read a whole bunch in to this. But oh boy, can't we just have this dream for a second?
Apparently Adam Lind is set to resume baseball activities tomorrow, so I guess we should see him in about a week.
Around the League
Roy Halladay pitches tonight vs. Texas. He is truly excellent.
The Chicago Cubs play in Boston at Fenway for the first time tonight since 1918. That's kind of neat I guess, but still, fuck interleague.
Last night in Oakland, Tyson Ross lasted only 7 pitches before pulling out of the game with an injury. Former Jay David Purcey came in pitched pretty decently and actually kept the A's in this one for a while, until the Twins put up 6 in the 7th and won 11-1.
Some guy that I've never heard of is 3-0 for the NY Mets. Dillon Gee brought a no-hitter in to the 6th, apparently, as the Mets won 1-0 over Washington.
Jason Giambi steroided again last night after a several year break off the juice. He hit 3 HR's and had 7 RBI, as Colorado beat Philadelphia 7-1.
Finally, and this has nothing to do with baseball, Macho Man Randy Savage died yesterday, suffering a heartattack while driving. A quick Zaun head to him. And I suppose that if I'm giving him one, I should also be giving one to both Mel Queen and Harmon Killebrew.