Let’s accentuate the positive
Maybe the most exciting play yesterday came in the 9th inning of the second game, when Lou pulled the old switcheroo:
The highlight of the day came in the top of the ninth of Game 2, when
Piniella moved pitcher Sean Marshall to left for one batter to replace
While the left-field bleacher bums chanted “We ARE Mar-shall,” copying
a Disney movie on Marshall University’s football team, Aaron Heilman
struck out Brendan Ryan with the bases loaded. Piniella then moved
Marshall back to the mound, where he got out of the inning with a
strikeout and a diving catch by Reed Johnson, who replaced Marshall in
Marshall said he was a little surprised but ready.
“I definitely could’ve handled it if they hit it to me,” he said. “I
shag a lot of balls in the outfield during batting practice, and in
high school and Little League I used to play outfield.”
Would you believe the evil one actually gave Lou credit for his ingenuity?
“I told (Cubs first-base coach Frank) Sinatro that was a classic,”
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa said. “It was fun to be a part of. It
took creativity and guts by Lou however it turned out.”
And one more fun quote from Marshall:
“Reed made that great play and we got the call,” Marshall said. “I just
wish we could have got the win. It would have been funny if he (Ryan)
would have hit a shallow sacrifice fly and I could have thrown out
(Yadier) Molina at home plate or something. It would have been icing on
And don’t look now, but Alfonso Soriano looks to be turning it around since moving out of the leadoff spot:
Since moving out of the leadoff spot, Soriano has gone 9-for-29 (.310).
”He’s been doing well in the middle part of the lineup,” Piniella
said. ”He’s more selective and getting base hits. He had a really nice
at-bat. We need this young man to hit, no question.”
And even though he wasn’t happy about the called third strike he took in the ninth of the second game, Milty’s feeling much better these days:
“I walked about 37 times today, and suddenly I’m going to take a third
strike right there?” he said. “It’s disappointing, but what are you
going to do? You move on.”
Asked if his work with hitting coach Von Joshua is finally paying off, Bradley said he “feels it” now.
“When I tell you I’m back, I’m back,” he said. “I’m going to be hitting for the rest of the year.”
It looks as though Jim Hendry has something on his to-do list for the All Star Break. Let’s hope he doesn’t require another angioplasty while he tries to sign another Blue Jays left hander:
was put on waivers with $15 million remaining on his five-year, $47
million deal, and any team that claims him would have to pay the
freight. After Ryan clears waivers, he becomes a free agent, and any
team can sign him for $200,000 in ’09 and $400,000 in ’10.
REEDZ thinks he’s be a good edition:
Toronto outfielder Reed Johnson said Ryan “would be a great fit in this
clubhouse,” but cautioned that several teams are likely to be
interested in signing him. The risk isn’t great because Toronto will be
paying the bulk of his salary, and the reward is there if Ryan can
regain the velocity that made him such a dominant reliever.
I don’t care so much about him being a great fit in the clubhouse as him being a great fit in the bullpen.