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Friday, September 21, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2012

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 21, 1912:

Joe Wood of Boston, invincible since early in July, attempted to win his seventeenth straight victory at the expense of Detroit, and failed. In a grueling, bitterly fought contest, the locals triumphed, 6 to 4. Wood’s record of 16 consecutive victories tied the league’s mark, established by Walter Johnson of Washington.

That record still stands, but has been equaled twice, by Lefty Grove in 1931 and Schoolboy Rowe in 1934.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, joe wood, lefty grove, schoolboy rowe, walter johnson

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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM (#4241766)
Also in the news 100 years ago, Frank Chance says he's made up his mind that this is his final season as manager of the Cubs, doctors say Chance will be fine after undergoing surgery to "relieve brain pressure resulting from injuries to his skull caused by being hit repeatedly by pitched balls", and Tigers rookie pitcher Bun Troy has taken his bun and gone home after losing his big league debut. He blames poor support from his teammates and says he just wants to play minor league ball.

Troy never pitches in the major leagues again.
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4241775)
Tigers rookie pitcher Bun Troy has taken his bun and gone home after losing his big league debut. He blames poor support from his teammates and says he just wants to play minor league ball.

Troy never pitches in the major leagues again.


Killed in France while serving with the US Army during WW1. He was born in Germany.
   3. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM (#4241779)
Apart from a particularly deep if mostly unremarkable pitching staff, two things jump out at me about today's Birthday Team: Elmer Smith had an amazing eyebrow and Bris Lord's middle name is Robotham.

Probably wasn't pronounced "Robot Ham", but it should have been, darn it.

C: Jerry Zimmerman
1B: Cecil Fielder
2B: Scott Spiezio
3B: Dick Buckley
SS: Joaquin Arias
LF: Bris Lord
CF/Manager: Tom Brown
RF: Elmer Smith

SP: Sam McDowell
SP: Elden Auker
SP: Doug Davis
SP: Danny Cox
SP: Max Butcher
RP: Aurelio Lopez

General Manager: John McHale
Running Back: D.J. Dozier
Fun Name: Antonio Bastardo
   4. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4241781)
Killed in France while serving with the US Army during WW1.
Ah, right, I've heard that before. I wondered why his MILB career ended so abruptly.

Apart from WWI being just a completely unnecessary clusterf*** of insane proportions, the really awful thing about Troy's death is that the war ended a couple weeks later.
   5. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:02 AM (#4241795)
If he quit playing today, Placido Polanco would have the record for highest fielding % over a career at both second base and third base.

Do people know about this? I'm thinking that's pretty impressive.
   6. Tschingsch Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:45 AM (#4241797)
If he quit playing today, Placido Polanco would have the record for highest fielding % over a career at both second base and third base.

Do people know about this? I'm thinking that's pretty impressive.


One thing I realized yesterday, if in fact Chase Utley ends up moving over to third base next year:

2005: Phillies get rid of 2B Placido Polanco and is replaced by Chase Utley
2013: Phillies get rid of 3B Placido Polanco and is replaced by Chase Utley
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:52 AM (#4241820)
CF/Manager: Tom Brown


The all-time leader among British-born players in games, hits, runs, walks, and stolen bases.
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 07:18 AM (#4241822)
Bun Troy was born in Germany, and died in France. I wonder how many MLB players were born in one European country and died in another. There can't be many.
   9. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: September 21, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4241871)
Baseball history item at THT notes that today is the 120th anniversary of the 300 win club gaining its fifth member
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: September 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4242448)
What's the deal with that Pirates/Hells Angels thread? I have no idea what that headline means, and every time I click on it, my firefox dies, and then no BBTF page will open for me for 20 minutes or so.
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4242618)
Game of the day (yesterday): Cardinals 5, Astros 4. Going in, I thought the devastating Brewers 9, Pirates 7 outing that knocked Pittsburgh below .500 was a lock. B-R's play-by-play for that game is screwed up at the moment, so I ran the numbers with Fangraphs data as well to confirm, and the second set of numbers did exactly that.

Jose Altuve led off the first with a single against Cardinal starter Jaime Garcia, and Matt Dominguez singled him to third with one out. A wild pitch moved Dominguez to second, and Justin Maxwell drew a walk to load the bases. JD Martinez struck out, but Brandon Laird worked a full count walk to force in the game's first run.

So apparently, Justin Maxwell is now the cleanup hitter for the Astros. In related news, the Astros are moving to the AL next year.

Anyway, the Cardinals saw Houston's scratch-and-claw first-inning run, and responded about like you'd expect. With one out, Matts Carpenter and Holliday singled, and Allen Craig then took Bud Norris deep for a three-run homer. Garcia worked a perfect second, while Norris allowed a single and a steal to Jon Jay but no additional runs. In the third, Brandon Barnes led off with a double, Maxwell doubled him home one out later, and Laird brought Maxwell home with a game-tying single. St. Louis loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on a Craig double and a pair of two-out walks by David Freese and Daniel Descalso before Pete Kozma struck out to leave all three runners on. Both teams put single runners on in the fourth, and both of those runners were promptly caught stealing. Neither team reached base in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Laird took second on a Freese error. Carlos Corporan then hit a grounder to short, and the Cards tried and failed to throw Laird out at third, moving the go-ahead run to within 90 feet of the plate. Naturally, Tyler Greene then hit into an inning-ending double play. Norris recorded the first out in the bottom of the inning, then walked Descalso and Kozma. He was then lifted in favor of Wesley Wright, as part of a double switch that also saw Scott Moore take over at first.

Meanwhile, St. Louis also inserted a position player in the pitcher's spot in the order. Being the better team, instead of resorting to Scott Moore, they had the luxury of using Carlos Beltran, who hit Wright's third pitch for a tiebreaking two-run double.

Moore led off the seventh with a single against Edward Mujica. He then took second on a wild pitch, third on an Altuve groundout, and home on a hit by Barnes, cutting Houston's deficit to one. Dominguez singled as well, and Maxwell walked to load the bases with one out before Martinez hit into an inning-ending double play. The Cardinal bullpen was apparently sufficiently amused by this exhibition of Astro-baiting that they decided to duplicate it an inning later. Mitchell Boggs walked Brian Bogusevic, and after a sac bunt by Corporan, also walked Jed Lowrie. Mark Rzepczynski came on to face Moore, who was promptly pulled for Matt Downs, who worked an eight-pitch walk to load the bases for the top of the order. But Fernando Salas came on and struck out Altuve and Brett Wallace to leave all three runners on.

The Cards got a runner of their own to third in the eighth, but didn't score. Despite allowing a leadoff hit to Dominguez and a steal by pinch runner Jordan Schafer, Jason Motte rendered the extra run irrelevant by striking out three consecutive Houston hitters to end the game.

This is a very good game; to beat that crushing Pirates loss, it has to be. I just have a hard time appreciating it when my mind is so focused on how very bad that Astros lineup is. How many of their players have even a decent chance of being starters in the majors in three years? In five? Altuve is pretty good, but he's a sparkplug, not a star. Lowrie is a very good player when healthy who's never healthy. Dominguez is having a nice cup of coffee this year and is 22, but his minor league numbers aren't especially promising. Jason Castro is doing passably and is 25. And that's just about it.

So, the cleanup hitters of the AL West next year:
Adrian Beltre
Mark Trumbo
Josh Reddick (or Yoenis Cespedes or Chris Carter or someone)
Jesus Montero
Justin Maxwell
   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4242661)
Game of the day (last year): Nationals 4, Phillies 3 (10). Neither team scored a run in the first six innings. Given that fact and the two teams involved, you'd expect this to be a pretty impressive pitching matchup.

You'd be wrong - that is, unless you're impressed by Tom Milone and Kyle Kendrick. Of course, both of them were pretty impressive in this one, at least.

The Phils picked up a couple of hits with two out in the first, singles by John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence, but didn't score. The Nats loaded the bases in the third on a single by Steve Lombardozzi Jr., Ian Desmond getting hit by a pitch, and a single from Roger Bernadina, but left all three runners on. They also got a two-out double by Danny Espinosa in the fourth, and Philly got a Pete Orr HBP and a sac bunt in the fifth. Through that point in the game, those were the only runners to reach scoring position.

In the sixth, Rick Ankiel singled with one out, and Laynce Nix reached on a two-out error to put runners on the corners before Espinosa struck out looking. The bottom of the inning saw a leadoff hit by Wilson Valdez and a one-out single by Pence put runners on the corners as well before Milone retired the last two hitters on a foul popup and a strikeout. And with the game still scoreless, both starters were then pulled.

Based on the results, this does not appear to have been a famosly excellent idea. Lombardozzi singled against Michael Schwimer with one out in the seventh, and then so did pinch hitter Alex Cora, moving the lead runner to third. Desmond then hit into an out, with Eric Kratz tagging Lombardozzi at home. But Bernadina unleashed his bat on a 2-0 pitch that turned quickly into a three-run homer, bringing in the first runs of the game. And after Pete Orr and Michael Martinez singled off of Doug Slaten, Ibanez pulled a Bernadina, hammering a three-run shot of his own off of Tyler Clippard to tie the game.

Joe Savery and Brad Lidge combined on a scoreless eighth, while Sean Burnett pitched one all by himself. Ryan Madson allowed a single and steal in the ninth, while the Phils picked up a hit, a sac bunt, and an intentional walk against Tom Gorzelanny in the bottom of the inning, but no runs. In the tenth, Michael Stutes retired the first two Nats before Michael Morse drew a walk, took second on a passed ball, saw Espinosa intentionally passed behind him, and then came around to score on a pinch single by Ryan Zimmerman. Drew Storen allowed a leadoff double to Kratz, but stranded him at second to end the game.

There's something inherently enjoyable about an extra-inning game in which all of the regulation runs are scored in the same inning. Which of course makes this game inherently enjoyable.
   13. AndrewJ Posted: September 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4242962)
Bris Lord's middle name is Robotham.

I've always sort of assumed a fanciful turn-of-the-century sportswriter saw the name Bristol Lord (or Lord, Bristol) on a scorecard and was compelled to write "Bristol Robotham Lord" in a newspaper piece -- then, in the 1960s, a Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia researcher came across that newspaper reference on microfilm and threw the full name into the record book.

Years ago a SABR member noted that Lord's contemporary Lave Cross, whose name in the encyclopedias appears as Lafayette Napoleon Cross, had two brothers who also made the big leagues, and their names, in full, were Amos Cross and Frank Cross... what are the odds that parents would name one son "Amos," one son "Frank" and a third son "Lafayette Napoleon"?
   14. bobm Posted: September 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4243008)
what are the odds that parents would name one son "Amos," one son "Frank" and a third son "Lafayette Napoleon"?

Zero?

From BR Bullpen:

Joseph A. Cross
born Joseph Kirz
Born January 6, 1858 in Chicago, IL USA ...

Joe Cross was the eldest son of the Cross family that gave baseball three major leaguers: Lave, Amos and Frank. The family patriarch, Joseph Kirz (or Kriz) was from Bohemia and emigrated to the United States with his wife Mary just before Joe's birth in Chicago, IL. The family moved to Milwaukee, WI, before settling in Cleveland, OH, where the brothers learned to play baseball.

Joe was a semi-pro player around Cleveland, playing for the Cleveland Forest Citys and Cleveland Graphics starting around 1879 and into the 1880s. He played for Altoona in 1887, as a pitcher.

What is most interesting about Joe is that he was likely a major leaguer - albeit for a brief stint.


Amos C. Cross
born Emile Kriz
Born February, 1860 in Milwaukee, WI USA ...

Amos Cross was the older brother of Lave Cross, with whom he split the Louisville Colonels catcher's spot, a feat accomplished by few brother combinations in baseball history.

Amos was long listed as having been born in what later became Czechoslovakia, but in fact, he was born in Milwaukee, WI soon after his parents emigrated to the United States. His brothers Lave and Frank Cross were also born there, while the family's oldest brother Joe, who was also a baseball player, was born in Chicago, IL.


Lafayette Napoleon Cross
born Vratislav Kriz
Born May 12, 1866 in Milwaukee, WI USA


Frank Atwell Cross
(Mickey)
Born January 20, 1873 in Cleveland, OH USA
   15. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4243196)
Game of the day (yesterday): Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (11). Chris Volstad started for the Cubs, and Jon Jay led off the game with a double, bringing Carlos Beltran to the plate. Beltran laid down a sac bunt.

What? This is Carlos Beltran, arguable Hall of Famer. The Cub starter is not a good pitcher; you should have many chances to score against him. And it is the first inning of the game. Why are you playing for one run?

End of mini-polemic. Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch, Allen Craig popped up, and Yadier Molina singled Jay home; Matt Carpenter then lined out to end the inning with the Cards having scored the one run they played for. Chris Carpenter, making his first start of the year, worked around a walk in the first, and after Volstad set the bottom of the St. Louis order, allowed a hit to Luis Valbuena and hit Wellington Castillo with one out in the second before escaping. Jay led off again in the third, this time with a single. Beltran hit into a force, Holliday doubled, moving Beltran to third, and Craig hit a sac fly that brought in the game's second run.

In the bottom of the third, the Cubs hit for three quarters of the cycle. David DeJesus led off with a triple, and scored on Darwin Barney's single. After Anthony Rizzo lined out, Alfonso Soriano doubled, bringing Barney home with the tying run. The tie proved highly short-lived. Pete Kozma led off the fourth with a triple, and the Cards called for a squeeze with Daniel Descalso at the plate. Volstad threw up and in, keeping the bunt from occurring, but the ball escaped from Castillo and Kozma crossed the plate standing up, having stolen home rather accidentally. Carpenter worked a perfect fourth. In the fifth, Volstad allowed a walk to Holliday, a hit to Craig, and a walk to Matt Carpenter to load the bases, but Kozma hit into a force to end the inning. Rizzo singled against Carpenter in the fifth, but didn't score, and the bullpens took over from there.

Miguel Socolovich retired the Cards in order in the sixth. Shelby Miller allowed one-out singles to Valbuena and Castillo in the bottom of the inning before retiring Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters to strand the runners. In the seventh, Michael Bowden walked Holliday, but kept him at first; DeJesus led off the bottom of the inning with a hit, but Sam Freeman and Trevor Rosenthal kept him from advancing. St. Louis added an insurance run in the eighth when Matt Carpenter led off with a hit against James Russell and Descalso doubled him home one out later. Starlin Castro singled to start the bottom of the eighth, but Valbuena lined into a double play, helping Edward Mujica escape the inning.

Shawn Camp worked a spotless ninth, bringing Fernando Salas on for the bottom of the inning. Salas retired Sappelt and Tony Campana, but DeJesus singled, bringing the tying run to the plate. Of course, it was in the person of Barney, who's not especially noted for his power. So of course, Barney hits a fly ball that just makes it over the fence, landing in the first row and tying the game.

Carlos Marmol was the kinder, gentler version of himself in the top of the tenth, issuing only one walk and one strikeout while holding the Cards scoreless. Joe Kelly set the Cubs down in order in the tenth, and Alberto Cabrera did the same to St. Louis in the eleventh. Kelly then allowed a leadoff hit to Castillo, who was pulled for pinch runner Brett Jackson. Sappelt bunted Jackson to second, and Steve Clevenger flied out, moving him to third. DeJesus then singled, bringing home the winning run.

I enjoyed the game I went to at Wrigley last week a great deal. This one, though, would have made me Earth-shakingly happy to have attended. It makes me pretty happy just to write about it.
   16. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 22, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4243234)
Game of the day (last year): Tigers 6, Royals 3. Detroit took an early lead against Felipe Paulino, as Austin Jackson led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on a two-out hit by Victor Martinez. Max Scherzer did not prove especially adept at holding the lead, as Alex Gordon led off with a single and scored the tying run on a one-out double by Billy Butler. After the second out, Jeff Francoeur added a double of his own, putting the Royals in the lead.

Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks walked and singled, respectively, to start the second, but Paulino recovered to retire the next three hitters. Scherzer allowed a one-out single to Salvador Perez and a two-out steal by Alcides Escobar (who had forced Perez at second), but left the runner in scoring position. The starters continued to work into minor, occasional trouble; a one-out single in the top of the third, a leadoff walk in the bottom, and a one-out hit in the top of the fourth were all worked around with aplomb. Detroit finally tied the score in the fifth when Jackson and Don Kelly started the inning with singles, putting themselves on the corners. One out later, Martinez grounded to second, bringing in the second Tiger run of the day.

Perez led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, but was removed from the bases on a double play. Tim Collins replaced Paulino on the mound, and allowed a leadoff hit to Peralta in the sixth before he and Louis Coleman clamped down to prevent any scoring. Doug Fister then came on in relief; it may not have anything to do with the departure from his usual starting role, but he immediately allowed a double to Melky Cabrera and a single to Butler, putting Kansas City back in the lead.

Of course, the Royals aren't a lock to be the most exciting team of 2011 because their bullpen was reliable at holding late-inning leads. Coleman allowed a one-out double to Don Kelly before being pulled with two away. Aaron Crow replaced him; his first pitch went wild, moving Kelly to third, and his third pitch was hit into center field by Martinez for a game-tying single. Fister worked a perfect seventh, and KC put Kelvin Herrera on the hill to start the eighth. Herrera hit Ryan Raburn with a pitch, and with Ramon Santiago due up next, the Tigers went to the bench for a pinch hitter.

Given that their best hitter didn't start the game, they had a pretty good resource available on the bench. Miguel Cabrera doubled, bringing in the go-ahead run. Miggy was pulled for a pinch runner, who moved to third on a sac bunt and then scored on a two-run homer by Kelly. Fister worked a 1-2-3 eighth, while Greg Holland allowed a double in the ninth but nothing further. Jose Valverde came on for the bottom of the inning and allowed a pair of hits, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Brayan Pena and Perez both popped up, ending the game.

For a movie, or an individual game, exciting is generally a compliment. As the Royals once again demonstrated, the same rule does not necessarily apply to a team.
   17. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4243598)
Game of the day (yesterday): Yankees 10, A's 9 (14). Now there's a startling revelation...

It's not even really necessary to recap this one; it makes more sense just to send you here. The highlights: The A's started the game with three straight doubles, taking a 2-0 lead. The Yankees came right back in the bottom of the first, starting with an Ichiro home run and continuing with a walk, a balk, an RBI single, another walk, an error to load the bases, and a walk to force in the go-ahead run. They scored again in the second. Ichiro and A-Rod both singled, but Ichiro was thrown out at third on A-Rod's hit. Still, an ROE moved A-Rod to third, and a wild pitch brought him home. This was Oakland starter Travis Blackley's last inning of the day.

Stephen Drew led off the third with a homer, and the A's then loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a single, and another walk. Clay Rapada then replaced Ivan Nova on the mound, and Josh Reddick hit into a double play to keep the Yankees in front. More notably, both starters had left the game at this point, meaning both bullpens would pitch 11+ innings.

Oakland tied it in the fourth on a hit batsman and two singles. New York retook the lead on a Raul Ibanez homer in the fifth, but the A's rallied again in the seventh on a walk, a hit, and a sac fly. The pitching staffs settled down from there; the Yanks left runners on second and third in the seventh, and the A's left them on all three bases in the eighth, but those were the last serious rallies in regulation. Freddy Garcia loaded the bases with A's in the eleventh on a single, a sac bunt, an intentional walk, and an unintentional walk before Reddick lined out. In the twelfth, Ibanez doubled with one out, took third on a wild pitch, and tried to score on a grounder by Russell Martin, but was thrown out at home. But two walks sandwiched around a passed ball loaded the bases anyway before Derek Jeter flied out to extend the game.

In the thirteenth, of course, the A's hit three home runs and scored four times. And in the bottom of the thirteenth, of course, the Yankees loaded the bases on three singles, then scored on a wild pitch, a sac fly, and a game-tying 2-run homer by Ibanez. Then came the fourteenth, in which the Yanks went single-sac bunt-IBB-single to load the bases-force at home-walkoff error.

It's fourteen innings. It has three comebacks in regulation, followed by what I'm pretty sure is the biggest extra-inning comeback this year. (Seriously, it's four runs, in the thirteenth inning!) It's close throughout; neither team let their opponents hold a substantial lead for any length of time. That adds up to the #4 game of the 2012 season so far.

Now add in the fact that the teams are both fighting for playoff spots, and you can make a terrific argument that it belongs at #1.
   18. JJ1986 Posted: September 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4243603)
What is the #1 game of the year?
   19. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 23, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4243609)
To date, it's White Sox 9, Royals 8 (14), from the day after the All-Star break. This one is actually the highest-scoring game out of all of the ones I have the numbers for so far (which includes 2011 and 2012 through 9/22, all postseason games, and all All-Star games), and by a fairly healthy margin.
   20. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: September 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4243620)
Game of the day (last year): Blue Jays 4, Angels 3 (12). In the top of the first, the Angels put one runner on (one-out single by Howie Kendrick) against Henderson Alvarez, and didn't score. In the bottom of the inning, Toronto put three on (leadoff hit by Mike McCoy, walks to Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion) against Ervin Santana, and they didn't score either. That means that Alberto Callaspo's solo homer in the second opened the scoring. From there, the two starters both pitched marvelously for several innings. Bautista doubled with two outs in the third, Bobby Abreu led off the top of the fourth with a single, and Kelly Johnson walked with one away in the bottom of the inning, but neither team scored again until the fifth, when Eric Thames doubled with two away and Bautista singled him home.

The Angels promptly stormed back ahead in the top of the sixth. Erick Aybar led off with a single, and Kendrick tripled to drive him home. The next two hitters both grounded out; Abreu's grounder kept Kendrick at third, but Torii Hunter's allowed him to come home and pad the lead. Santana walked a pair of Jays in the bottom of the inning, but left them on base; Alvarez allowed a couple of two-out singles in the seventh, but no runs.

Thames chased Santana from the mound by leading off the bottom of the seventh with a home run. Bobby Cassevah took his place, and immediately walked Bautista to put the tying run on. Adam Lind then reached on an error by first baseman Mark Trumbo; Bautista took third on the play, but Lind was thrown out trying to advance to second, mitigating the damage. Still, with Encarnacion at the plate, Cassevah uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bautista to scamper in with the tying run. Encarnacion then doubled, prompting the Angels to bring in Hisanori Takahashi to finish the inning, which he did by retiring the next two hitters.

Casey Janssen, Scott Downs, and Frank Francisco worked the next three half-innings scorelessly. Downs stayed in to begin the bottom of the ninth, but after allowing a one-out hit to Bautista and walking Lind to put the winning run in scoring position, he was pulled for Jordan Walden. The runners would advance to second and third on a forceout and defensive indifference, but Walden induced a flyout from Kelly Johnson to send the game into extras.

Joel Carreno worked a perfect tenth for the Blue Jays. Walden walked Colby Rasmus to start the bottom of the inning, but set the next three hitters down in order. Jesse Litsch retired the Angels 1-2-3 in the eleventh, and Horacio Ramirez and Garrett Richards combined to do the same to Toronto's hitters. In the twelfth, Shawn Camp issued a two-out walk to Peter Bourjos, but allowed no other baserunners. The bottom of the inning brought Encarnacion to the plate; he worked a full count before taking Richards deep to end the game.

This game, apart from featuring a pair of regulation comebacks and a walkoff home run, also had two very distinct styles of pitcher usage. Toronto left its starter in for seven full innings, then used five relievers for exactly one inning each. The Angels, on the other hand, had no pitchers who both entered the game at the start of an inning and left at the end of one. Santana was pulled mid-inning, Cassevah couldn't finish that inning, so Takahashi replaced him. Downs pitched 1.1, then was pulled; Walden finished that inning and threw one more. Ramirez started the next inning and was removed after one batter, and Richards finished that inning, then gave up the walkoff to start the next one.

Given the extent to which mid-inning pitching changes are capable of leaching the excitement out of games at times, it pleases me aesthetically that the team that didn't make any of those won the game.

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