Saturday’s Den: Wrapping up the second day of baseball…….

13) The classic baseball movie Major League came out 33 years ago this week, which makes me feel old; the plot of that movie is being played out in Oakland, where the A’s have assembled a very bad baseball team. Not sure if ownership is trying to lose so much that attendance will go in the tank, which will justify a move to Las Vegas/Portland, but it seems that way.

In 1979, the A’s went 54-108; I was 19 and it was a long summer, but at least that team had a young Rickey Henderson. Not much hope for this group right now.

12) Through two days, 20 games:
— Most pitches thrown: Robbie Ray 96; Yu Darvish/Frankie Montas 92
— Home teams are 11-9; over is 10-9-1.

11) Giving umpires a microphone to announce to the crowd how instant replay reviews turn out is a great idea. 20 years late, but better late than never.

10) Padres 3, Diamondbacks 0:
— Thru two games, Arizona has zero hits in innings 1-6.
— Eric Hosmer had three hits, scored twice for San Diego.

9) Giants 6, Marlins 5 (10):
— Miami scored three runs in ninth, took a 5-4 lead, but couldn’t hold it.
— Thairo Estrada tied the game with a 9th-inning homer for the Giants; Austin Slater walked it off with a 10th-inning double.

8) Rangers 10, Blue Jays 8:
— Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios didn’t get an out until his 31st pitch; it was the only out he got.
— Texas led 6-0 in second inning; it was tied by the fifth inning.

7) Bronx 6, Red Sox 5 (11):
— Game was 3-2 after first inning, almost didn’t get over the total.
— Newly-acquired Josh Donaldson walked it off with an 11th-inning single.
— Teams combined to go 3-20 with runners in scoring position.

6) Tigers 5, White Sox 4:
— Eric Haase tied game with a 9th inning homer.
— Javier Baez walked it off with a 10th-inning single.
— Chicago 3B Yoan Moncada (oblique) is out for three weeks.

5) Mariners 2, Twins 1:
— Mitch Haniger hit a 2-run homer in the first, Seattle’s only runs.
— Robbie Ray tossed 7 innings, 96 innings, more than any pitcher so far this week.
— Teams combined to go 0-12 with runners in scoring position.

4) Mets 7, Nationals 3:
— Of course there was a bench-clearing incident in a game on AppleTV.
— Mets have been getting with lot of pitches, and they’re tired of it.
— McNeil went 3-4, scored twice, knocked in two runs.

3) Astros 13, Angels 6:
— Thru two games, Houston has hit eight home runs.
— Bregman/Tucker both hit two homers in this game.
— Angels’ bullpen gave up 11 runs in five innings.

2) Braves 7, Reds 6:
— Matt Olson had his first three hits for Atlanta.
— Braves led 7-0 in third inning, hung on for dear life.
— Trvis d’Arnaud knocked in three runs for Atlanta.

1) I pay a decent amount of money for the Extra Innings package on DirecTV, so I can watch any major league game being played; now comes word that AppleTV is going to have a Friday night doubleheader every week- those games aren’t on the Extra Innings package. Right now they’re free, but that is temporary; doubtful I’m going to shell out more money for another TV station.

All these companies are nickel/diming us with these “plus” channels; CNN+, Paramount+. Peacock, A&E+, AppleTV+. It all adds up; lot of small charges add up to a big charge. Oy. 

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.