Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship

TOP OF THE SIXTH: CARDINALS 7 2 – 3 D-BACKS

 

Patrick Corbin is on the mound tonight for Arizona, wearing all-white shoes in the vein of the Pee-Wee Herman biker bar dance scene of Great Adventure, as he delivers a strike to Yadier Molina and proudly mutters to himself under his breath, “Tequila!!”  Continue reading “Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship”

Game 20 // Sixth Inning, Los Angeles // King Kershaw Crumbles

TOP OF THE SIXTH: MARLINS 5 0 – 3 DODGERS

 

We start tonight in the presence of greatness—predating the stadium, half the league’s teams, and nearly the state of California: the legendary, the avuncular Vin Scully, who’s now in his final (and 67th) year calling Dodger baseball Continue reading “Game 20 // Sixth Inning, Los Angeles // King Kershaw Crumbles”

Game 19 // Seventh Inning, Toronto // Sox Shock Again

TOP OF THE SEVENTH:  WHITE SOX 6 1 – 5 BLUE JAYS

 

So in case you haven’t heard, there’s something special going on in Chicago, and not the more expected sight of a Blackhawks team clawing its way back into yet another Stanley Cup Finals (pour one out…)

It’s that…and I didn’t think I’d be saying this in 2016… the White Sox… are best in the American League. And it appears Continue reading “Game 19 // Seventh Inning, Toronto // Sox Shock Again”

Game 18 // Twelfth Inning, Phoenix // Un-tie, Re-tie, Repeat

TOP OF THE TWELFTH: PIRATES 10 88 10 D-BACKS

 

We start tonight with Tyler Clippard on the mound for Arizona, wearing about the 50th jersey outfit this team’s rolled out this season, his ankles giving off the bloodied-sock look made… fashionable? by Curt Schilling in 2004. This must have deeper meaning: maybe that…the Diamondbacks will… stomp gorily over their competition? Stab themselves in their own Achilles’ heel? Spill grape juice on Continue reading “Game 18 // Twelfth Inning, Phoenix // Un-tie, Re-tie, Repeat”

Game 17 // Fifth Inning, Houston // Colby to the Rescue

Bottom of the Fifth: ASTROS 5 1 – 1 RED SOX

 

These new uniforms look fantastic. The open-air sunshine into Minute Maid park looks fantastic. Never seen it like this. The full house of fans looks fan-tastic. And Colby Rasmus, what a fantastic man. He’s like a suped-up, cleaned-up, in-shape version of those cavemen from the old Geico ad campaign (and Continue reading “Game 17 // Fifth Inning, Houston // Colby to the Rescue”

Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik

TOP OF THE FIFTH: BREWERS 1 – 1 4 PHILLIES

 

Time to show Philly (and Milwaukee—Milly?) some love, starting with the one man set to save the City of Brotherly Love from the sports blues, the heir apparent to William Penn, Rocky Balboa, and Chase Utley. Mr. Maikel Franco.

2 home runs today. 23 years old. All-Star appearance number 1 coming in Continue reading “Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik”

Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong

TOP OF THE FOURTH: RAYS 8 2 – 5 RED SOX

 

David Price on the mound today against his former team, wagging his yellow mouth-guard out between his teeth and cheeks, getting the first out of the 4th inning with a 5-2 lead. He’s got Continue reading “Game 15 // Fourth Inning, Boston // The Price Is Wrong”

Game 14 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Jason Heyward Strikes Back

TOP OF THE FOURTH: CUBS 2 0 – 1 CARDINALS

 

It’s a grudge match tonight: Cardinals miffed, Cubs nervously hopeful.

It’s bragging rights, a rematch, an eons-long rivalry, a rehash of last year NLDS, a parallel midwest face-off as the Blackhawks lose to the Blues, it’s the first face-to-face meeting after an offseason of Continue reading “Game 14 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Jason Heyward Strikes Back”

Game 13 // Eleventh Inning, San Francisco // Late-Night Seagull Mania

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH: D-BACKS 9 7 – 7 GIANTS

It was a back-and-forth extra-innings duel at AT&T Park, the Giants hosting the Diamondbacks in a late, 12th-inning comeback.

And it was an unregistered third team vying for inclusion in the standings, attention from the fanbase, circling above the diamond, squawking, flapping, flocking, scarfing down leftover concessions. Continue reading “Game 13 // Eleventh Inning, San Francisco // Late-Night Seagull Mania”

Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH: TWINS 3 2 – 2 ANGELS

 

These Twins are making a comeback, folks. Optimism is coming out of its winter hiding like a Baseball Groundhog Day, hope spreading around the upper midwest from Duluth to Fargo, Winona to Winnipeg.

First nine games of the season: L L L L L L L L L. But then, something changed.

On Friday, Minnesota came back from Continue reading “Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins”

Game 11 // Seventh Inning, Arlington // Rally in the Heart of Texas

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH: RANGERS 8 2 – 4 ORIOLES

 

So here I am, a life-long midwesterner, a Cub fan, watching Texas baseball with a song running somewhat traitorously through my head:

The stars at night are big and bright…. I see a slew of Rangers cross the plate, roaring back hard for the lead with a six-run rally… Deep in the heaaaaart of Texas!! Continue reading “Game 11 // Seventh Inning, Arlington // Rally in the Heart of Texas”

Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: NATIONALS 4 0 – 1 BRAVES

 

I’ll just skip to the good stuff, no build-up:

Bryce Harper hit a grand slam today in the third inning, way way deep to the upper deck, for the lead, for the win, for the erasing of last year’s frustrations, for the opening salvo on the way toward a 7-1 team record, for the signaling to the NL East that this team is here for the title—no more collapses, no more underachieving, no more choking (literally). Continue reading “Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100”

Game 9 // Tenth Inning, Seattle // Dae-Ho Come and He Wan’ Go Home

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH: M’S 4 2 – 2 RANGERS

 

Before I get into this, Seattle, What’s going on with your team??

A five-game losing streak. A promising 2-1 lead that gets lost in the 8th. City-wide head-scratching bordering on Continue reading “Game 9 // Tenth Inning, Seattle // Dae-Ho Come and He Wan’ Go Home”

Game 8 // Seventh Inning, Boston // Pesky Pole Magic for J.J. Hardy

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: ORIOLES 5 9 – 4 RED SOX

The Pesky Pole. 302 feet from home. Baseball’s version of a glitch in the matrix, a secret hidden room behind a bookcase, a barely legal offshore tax loophole and the locale of the cheekiest collection of major-league home runs—each one like a three-point bankshot without calling ‘glass’.

Given what happened tonight, some strange magic must be afoot at Fenway Park, with Continue reading “Game 8 // Seventh Inning, Boston // Pesky Pole Magic for J.J. Hardy”

Game 7 // Eighth Inning, Chicago // Addison, Addison, Addison

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: CUBS 2 5 – 3 REDS

And into the shrine of great Wrigley Field nights we go, adding the first of 2016 to a list on the brink of doubling, tripling each time this new group of Cubs talent takes the field. Continue reading “Game 7 // Eighth Inning, Chicago // Addison, Addison, Addison”