Friday, September 28, 2012

Gose, Berry and Ruf

On Thursday in Toronto, the Jays shut out the Yankees, 6-0, keeping Baltimore in the hunt for the AL East crown.  Anthony Gose had a walk and a single, scored 2 runs, and made an outstanding running catch against the wall in right-centerfield, and eventually doubled Robinson Cano off first base!!  Just 22 years old last month and getting a good taste of major league action, Anthony has now played in 50 major league games, has proved he can play all 3 outfield positions, and is starting to look more comfortable at the plate.  He has stolen 15 bases in 18 attempts, and watching him run all out around the bases is one of most enjoyable things you can witness at a ball game.

Another guys I love to watch run is Quintin Berry.  I just happened to be in front of a TV having lunch yesterday and got to witness his 2-run triple in the 2nd inning of the Tigers 5-4 win over Kansas City.  It looks like Tigers manager Jim Leyland has picked Berry over Brennan Bosch at this time to go against the right handed pitchers. Berry has started 3 of the last 4 games.  Tiger's pitcher Doug Fister struck out an American League record 9 straight hitters in the game!  Detroit now leads Chicago by 2 games with 6 to play.

In Philadelphia, Darin Ruf had 2 more hits, including a 3-run double in the 1st inning, but the Phillies would fall to the Nationals, 7-3.  Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91) got hit around for 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings, but Jake Diekman tossed a scoreless 9th (1 hit, 1K).  Domonic Brown had a hit and a walk, and Ryan Howard walked and scored a run for the Phillies. 

I should also mention that when Brown, Ruf and Carlos Ruiz all homered on Tuesday, it was the first time 3 former Claws all went deep in the same major league game!

Congratulation to Gio Gonzalez, who won again last night for Washington, and at 21-8, 2.89 has to be a candidate for the Cy Young.

A quick update on Michael Bourn.  Mike last started a game for the Braves on September 22.  He has a jammed left thumb and is considered "day-to-day" (like the rest of us!) .  He has not been disabled.

In Denver, Josh Outman recorded 4 outs, allowing just 1 hit, for the Rockies in their 7-5 win over the Cubs.   Outman has looked better the last couple of times out after a shaky return to the majors.

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