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Boxscore: This link goes first, since it's the first place I went to find out how the game went.

Star of the Game: Well, um, that big guy on the mound did rather well. 89 pitches and all those groundouts in a complete game? It's almost like we're watching a Cy Young winner or something. Five 1-2-3 innings, too.

Unsung Hero: Well, since nobody was really "sung" in this game, not having seen it, let's go with Reed Johnson, who didn't get a hit but brought in a run on a hit-by-pitch. I guess it's the Sparky Special.

Defensive Play of the Game: By default, it has to be Carl Crawford's "leaping catch" at the wall I saw on MLB.com.

Idea That Sounded Good At The Time: Sitting Jonny Gomes, figuring Doc would be on last night and he'd just go 0-for-Saturday. Well, the only run came on Gomes' 13th HR and he was the only one of the first 14 batters to reach. Not to mention he was the only one to get an extra-base hit off Halladay.

Today's Game: Josh Towers, Casey Fossum, 1:15. Only in Tampa Bay would they have bizarre start times like 1:15.

Lieber Alone: Was it Vin Scully who said the pitcher's mound was the loneliest place during a possible perfect game? Jon Lieber had one through six until a ball up the middle eluded Jimmy Rollins' grasp and it became a mere two-hit shutout.

David Bush Update: He didn't pitch too well against the Dodgers, though he did strike out 7 in 6 innings. Russ Martin and Olmedo Saenz homered off him and that was all L.A. needed. Game Score: 42. Friday night, the Brewers hosted the Mets and it was Lima Time! Bush pitched just about as well as he did in the last start, but what a difference run support can make. Game Score: 47, meaning his average is still a very good 54.

Closers Update: Jon Papelbon is still on top (1.6) with Chris Ray, B.J. Ryan and yes, Shawn Camp at 1.0 above average. Todd Jones finally got his first regular save after eight easy ones, so he jumps up to 6th-best in the league. But it's still early.
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greenfrog - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#146880) #
A caller on the FAN last night suggested trading Halladay because he's injury-prone. He might want to listen to the opposition before calling in next time:

"He's always been good, always shall be good," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He's absolutely a solid stud No. 1. He just pounds the bottom of the strike zone. He's an incredible guy."

js_magloire - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#146882) #
Corey Koskie update. I know this is depressing, but last night he hit a homer, and 3 RBIs. On the year, he's hitting .291, 4hr, 12 rbi,  and a line of .360/.524/.884
Chuck - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#146885) #
No reason Koskie's success, fueled by his propensity to hit doubles, should be depressing. His replacement has been doing okay.

As for Bush, good for him. He's been averaging 7 IP per start and has a K/BB ratio of 44/9. If he can just start keeping the ball in the park, he can get his ERA into the 3's.  While it's true that he benefits from pitching in a DH-less league, he'd look awfully good taking the hill every 5 days for the Jays right about now. The team could use a reliable 200 innings of league-average pitching, which they clearly won't be getting from Towers or, I imagine, Chacin.

Continuing with the Brewer motif, Prince Fielder, with his 3 SB, has surpassed his daddy's career totals. Next stop, homeruns, where he trails by just 309.

VBF - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#146886) #

Dave Stewart while fondly remeniscing about his days with the team, had some harsh words for the current management.

I've seen the Blue Jays, and though they've made changes and they've said things, and he (Godfrey) has said things, they are still losing. I saw some of the changes and I have to be honest, I'm not an A.J. Burnett fan. And I'm not an advocate of giving that kind of money to a closer who's done it for only a year or two.

ScottTS - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#146889) #
I'm not an A.J. Burnett fan. And I'm not an advocate of giving that kind of money to a closer who's done it for only a year or two.

This from the guy allegedly responsible for the Joey Hamilton signing.

Chuck - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#146890) #
Is this the same Dave Stewart who was instrumental in the Jays trading for Joey Hamilton and then signing him to a long-term deal?

He's still bitter about not becoming the GM in Toronto and has always done a poor job masking that.
Geoff - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:35 PM EDT (#146892) #
Unsung Hero: Well, since nobody was really "sung" in this game, not having seen it, let's go with Reed Johnson, who didn't get a hit but brought in a run on a hit-by-pitch. I guess it's the Sparky Special.

Way to go Sparky! Get that practice in for the high pressure situation and make me proud.
Cristian - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#146893) #
If I was to give out the unsung hero award in this game, I'd give it to Aaron Hill.  He had two beautiful turns at second on double play balls.  Both plays had DRays bearing down on him and he was bowled over on one.  I for one will now cease with the Russ Adams/Aaron Hill position switch arguments.

By the way, Roy was awesome last night.  It was one of those games where it seemed Halladay was giving up singles just to induce double plays.

rtcaino - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#146899) #

Docís game last night was the best-pitched game Iíve seen since he mowed down the twins May 29th of last year. In that game I he gave up two hits, both of the infield variety. He needed 99 pitches however, and was able to induce a measly 11 ground balls. Which was somewhat off set by 10 punch-outs he had.

Now by watched, I mean followed on game day while at a party. I kept excusing myself from the crowd to sneak into an upstairs office to check up on Halladay. Iím sure I gave the impression that I am addicted to drugs. However, the only addiction I have is to a strong g/f ratioÖ and love.

Also, yesterday I picked up my brand new Halladay Jersey. My girl friend got a BJ Ryan jersey. I cannot wait to show them off at the RC in an up coming home stand.  
Parker - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#146904) #
Regarding Dave Stewart:

Mark Twain was right.  Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Guys like him drive me crazy; they have to make up some excuse to explain their perceived failures rather than look at the possibility that they might be responsible for it themselves.  No wonder he was sticking up for Barry Bonds.
Rob - Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#146916) #
True story:

Today, when John McDonald was up in the 8th, I immediately thought "double play." Then I realized I'm too hard on this guy (if one can be too hard on John McDonald, that is) and figured "okay, he'll drive in a run, even if he makes an out." I even had myself thinking he could get a hit, maybe drive in two.

What was the result? He struck out on one of the worst swings I've ever seen. It ranks up there with Jeff DaVanon vs. Eric Milton in the latter's pseudo-no-hitter and Jason Kubel in the 2004 playoffs.

Clearly, I have to stop giving McDonald credit.
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