I’m still in baseball heaven after getting to listen to 8 shutout innings yesterday between the Brewers and Reds.
The Greinke/Cueto match-up lived up to my exceedingly high expectations.
Cueto went 7 shutout innings and Greinke went 8, allowing only 2 hits and fanning 11. Greinke struck out the side in the top of the 8th before being lifted for a pinch-hitter when he was due to lead off the bottom of the inning.
The scoreless tie broke in the top of the 9th with Cincinnati scoring a pair of runs off of John Axford after Ax had already retired Heisey and Cozart on strikeouts. Stubbs, Votto, and Phillips followed up with a trio of hits, leading to a pair of runs for the Reds.
The Brewers made it interesting in the bottom of the inning, with Braun homering off of Sean Marshall and then loading the bases (again, after two out and nobody on) only to run out of gas when Travis Ishikawa pinch-hit and flew out to left.
Most folks probably prefer the 8-7 ballgames, but I’ll take a scoreless tie through 8 innings any day of the week.
And yet I’ve never been able to get into soccer…
Nationals (18-12) @ PIRATES (14-16)
6:05 PM CT
Why You Might Watch This:
- MLB.com’s Mike Bauman on the contract extensions of management.
- Rickie Weeks being given a chance to improve. But when half your opening day infield is already out for the year (see Gamels and Gonzalez) you kind of have to do that.
- No imminent talks of contract extensions for Castro, says agent.
- Dan McNeil, a not very good host on WSCR Sports Radio in Chicago, finds fault in owner Tom Ricketts bringing back Kerry Wood.
- Ryan Dempster says the “W”s will come.
- Holy crap. Bryan LaHair’s BABIP is .510?!!
- FanGraphs takes a look at Jed Lowrie, who has put together a nice 2012 thus far.
- The Chronicle on the differences between Brett Myers and Brett Myers.
- Blurb from Baseball Prospectus on the fantastic pitching duel I got to listen to yesterday.