Saturday’s Den: Clearing out a cluttered mind………

13) Baseball is fun in part because you often see things you’ve never seen before; Thursday, there was a 62-pitch complete game. You don’t see that much.

Rockies lost first game of a doubleheader 1-0 to the Mets; German Marquez was the losing pitcher, giving up 3 hits, one run in six innings. He only needed 62 pitches to finish six innings, and there was no 7th inning, since the Mets won.

Seven inning doubleheaders are still weird to me. Hopefully this year will be the last of them. 

12) Colorado is 3-20 on the road, 16-12 at home. They figure to trade SS Trevor Story before the trade deadline (he is a free agent this winter). Going to be a long summer in Denver.

11) One of the cool new stats programs they have in baseball is called StatCast; when someone hits a home run, the TV guys can tell you a few minutes later in how many ballparks it also would have been a homer in.

Dodgers’ Matt Beaty hit a homer down the rightfield line Friday night; couple minutes later, Joe Davis reported that it would’ve been a home run in 20 of the 30 major league stadiums.

10) Giants 8, Dodgers 5 (10)- Wild game late Friday night.
— Giants broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in 8th inning.
— Austin Barnes tied game with a pinch-hit homer in the 9th.
— Albert Pujols appeared to have won the game with another homer, but LF Tauchman robbed him of a homer by catching the ball, sending the game to extra innings.
— Giants scored three runs in the 10th for the win.
— For the game, Dodgers were 2-14 with runners in scoring position.

9) Giants are 31-20, tied with the Dodgers for 2nd in the NL West; they’ve got 19 players who are 30+ years old, most in the major leagues.

8) Padres 10, Astros 3 (11)
— Third straight extra inning game for San Diego.
— Bad beat if you had under 8 runs in this game; Astros led 2-1 in the 8th.
— Houston put OF Michael Brantley (hamstring) on IL.

7) Detroit 3, New York 2 (10)— Robbie Grossman hit a walk-off tater in the 10th inning for Detroit. Was pretty good pitching duel between veteran Cole and youngster Mize.

6) Billy McKinney is an OF for the Mets; he is 26 years old, has been in the majors for four years- he’s already played for four different teams:
— A’s drafted him in first round in 2013, but he never played for them.
— July 5, 2014- A’s traded him to the Cubs in a 5-player deal. Jeff Samardzija came to the A’s.
— July 25, 2016- Cubs traded McKinney, three other guys to Bronx for Aroldis Chapman.
— July 26, 2018- Bronx traded him and Brandon Drury to Toronto for JA Happ.
— September 14, 2020- Milwaukee claimed him off waivers.
— May 26, 2021- Milwaukee traded him to the Mets for a minor leaguer.

McKinney is only 26, but he must be good at packing.

5) Celtics 125, Nets 119:
— Jayson Tatum scored a career high 50 points; he was 9-32 from floor in first two games.
— Nets were +16 in 25:00 with Blake Griffin on floor, minus-22 in the 23:00 he sat out.
— Nets lead series 2-1; home side won all three games.

4) Hawks 105, Knicks 94:
— Atlanta grabs 2-1 series lead.
— Hawks shot 52% from floor; all five starters scored between 11-21 points.
— Knicks’ star Julius Randle is 13-54 from floor in series.

3) Clippers 118, Mavericks 108:
— Down 2-0 in series, Clippers fell behind 30-11 early in this game.
— Clippers shot 57.9% from floor; Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points.
— Road team won all three series games.

2) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
NL- Mets, Cardinals, Padres. Wild Card: Dodgers-Giants
AL- Rays, White Sox, A’s. Wild Card: New York @ Boston

1) I’m writing this while watching old episodes of Columbo, from 1980 or so; haven’t seen this show since I was in college. One episode is about the owner of a pro football team who gets murdered; the football clips in this episode are Edmonton-Saskatchewan clips from the CFL.

Next episode has a cameo from Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island.

Pretty good show; Peter Falk was a great actor.

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.