We’re trying a new installment for the MySportsToday faithful. The Good & The Bad will feature some of sports’ best performances of the day and some of sports’ worst performances of the day. Here is our 1st installment:
The Good – – Felix Pie – – In the Orioles 16-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday night in Baltimore, Pie hit for the cycle. Pie had an RBI double in the 2nd inning; a solo home run in the 3rd inning; and a single to lead off the 7th inning. So all he needed was the all-important triple – the toughest part of the cycle, although not so hard with Pie’s blazing speed.. The O’s tacked on 5 runs in the 7th as Pie came up for the 2nd time in the inning (he had already scored once after his lead-off single). Pie cruched a ball to deep right center field and raced around the bases for a 2-run triple in the 7th inning. All-in-all, it was a special night for Pie – 4 for 5 at the plate, 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. His only blemishes – a strikeout in the 4th inning and a fielding error…
The Bad – – Kyle Orton – – In the Broncos 17-16 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, the Broncos new “franchise” quarterback was miserable. Orton threw 3 interceptions, including 1 in the red zone, and completed only 9 of 16 passes. Orton’s passer rating – 32.6 – ouch! After the Broncos newly-hired head coach Josh McDaniels and Owner Pat Bowlen aggravated Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler in the off-seaso (by trying to acquire Matt Cassell from the New England Patriots), Cutler forced the Broncos hand by demanding a trade. Ultimately, those demands led to a deal with the Chicago Bears that sent Orton and 1st round draft picks in 2009 and 2010 back to the Broncos. While it’s still the pre-season, if Orton keeps up his bad play, it could end up being one of the worst trades in NFL history.
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The American League defeated the National League 4-3 in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The AL is now 12-0-1 since its last defeat back in Philadelphia back in 1996. The last time the NL didn’t lose was at Miller Park in Milwaukee in 2002 when the two leagues tied 7-7 after 11 innings.
The AL jumped on NL starter Tim Lincecum right off the bat with a single by Ichiro Suzuki and a HBP by Derek Jeter. After a Joe Mauer groundout that forced out Ichiro at 3rd base, Derek Jeter scored the game’s 1st run on a fielder’s choice error by home town hero Albert Pujols at 1st base. Jason Bay then followed with a single to center field that loaded the bases, and the AL scored another run on a Josh Hamilton fielder’s choice groundout. Hamilton avoided getting doubled up at 1st to allow Mauer to score.
The NL scored all 3 of their runs in the 2nd inning and took a 3-2 lead. After 2 quick hits, the NL put together 4 straight hits off AL starter Roy Halladay to take the lead. David Wright and Shane Victorino singled, and home town Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina delivered an RBI single to center field that allowed Wright and Victorino to score after a Hamilton throwing error. Prince Fielder then pinch-hit for Lincecum and put the NL ahead with an RBI double to left field that scored Molina. But the NL offense disappeared the rest of the way, as 22 of their final 24 batters failed to reach base.
The AL tied the game in the 5th inning off of Chad Billingsley on a Joe Mauer double that scored Derek Jeter. With the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays Carl Crawford made a specatacular catch by pulling back Brad Hawpe’s shot to deep left field that would have been a home run. The next inning, Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson tripled and scored the winning run on an Andruw Jones’ sacrifice fly.
The AL pitching said it all on Tuesday night. From the 3rd through the 7th innings, Mark Buehrle, Zach greinke, Edwin Jackson, Felix Hernandez and Jonathan Papelbon each worked perfect innings. After getting the 1st 2 outs of the 8th inning, Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit to put the go ahead runs on base. But he was able to strike out Phillies slugger Ryan Howard to end the threat. And Mariano Rivera worked a perfect 9th inning to preserve the win for the AL and home field advantage for the AL in the 2009 World Series. No one had more than 1 of anything except for Jeter – he scored 2 runs despite never getting a hit.
Carl Crawford was named the 2009 All-Star Game’s MVP for his spectacular catch that saved the game at the time for the AL. Crawford became the 1st non-pitcher to win the MVP Award without having an RBI or scoring a run.
Couple of side notes – President Barack Obama honored former Cards great Lou Brock before the game and threw out the 1st pitch – in a Chicago White Sox jacket – to current Cards great Albert Pujols. Obama became the 5th sitting U.S. President to throw out the 1st pitch at an MLB All-Star Game (the NL had won each of those previous games up until last night). Former Cards great Stan Musial – one of the games’ greatest hitters of all-time – was also honored before the game.
The 2010 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Angel Stadium, the home field for the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles.
The 2009 MLB All-Star Game is set for tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The National League will try to win its 1st All-Star Game in 13 years – it is the longest unbeaten streak in All-Star history.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants will take on Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Here’s how the lineups look:
AL – Ichiro Suzuki RF (Seattle Mariners); Derek Jeter SS (NY Yankees); Joe Mauer C (Minnesota Twins); Mark Teixeira 1B (NY Yankees); Jason Bay LF (Boston Red Sox); Josh Hamilton CF (Texas Rangers); Michael Young 3B (Texas Rangers); & Aaron Hill 2B (Toronto Blue Jays).
NL – Hanley Ramirez SS (Florida Marlins); Chase Utley 2B (Philadelphia Phillies); Albert Pujols 1B (St. Louis Cardinals); Ryan Braun RF (Milwaukee Brewers); Raul Ibanez LF (Philadelphia Phillies); David Wright 3B (NY Mets); Shane Victorino CF (Philadelphia Phillies); & Yadier Molina C (St. Louis Cardinals).
On a side not, President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial 1st pitch to St. Louis’ own Albert Pujols.
Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers defeated Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers int he Home Run Hitting Contest on Monday night.
The 2009 MLB All-Star Game is set to start at 8:05PM and will be televised on FOX.
The Angels played their first game on Friday night in Anaheim after trying to deal with the tragic death of one of their starting pitchers – Nick Adenhart – in a deadly car crash on Wednesday night. Adenhart and 2 friends were killed when another car, driven by a suspected drunk driver, broadsided them late Wednesday night. The driver has been charged with 3 counts of felony murder. The Angels canceled their game Thursday night against the A’s, and honored Adenhart with a moment of silence before Friday night’s game. The Angels placed a black-and-white photo of Adenhart on the centerfield wall next to where his name and number appeared in a black circle. The Angels also painted his number 34 in red-lettering on the back slope of the pitching mound. Torii Hunter and John Lackey held Adenhart’s #34 jersey on the mound during the moment of silence. Fans also contributed to the tribute by piling candles, flowers, baseballs and hand-written messages on the replica pitcher’s mound outside the gates to Angel Stadium. Adenhart had made his 1st start of the 2009 season on the night of his death – pitching 6 strong innings – 0 runs, 7 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
As for the Angels – Red Sox game, Jered Weaver made the start for the Angels and traced Nick Adenhart’s initials into the pitching mound dirt right before his start – he usually traces his grandparent’s initials into the dirt. “It was one of the toughest I’ve had to get through. It still really hasn’t hit home yet. I shed a couple of tears before I went over there.” Weaver responded with a great tribute to his rookie teammate – 6 2/3 innings, 1 unearned run, 4 hits, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. He picked up his 1st win of the 2009 MLB season as the Angels defeated the Red Sox 6-3.
Manager Mike Scosia summed up the night perfectly: “We’re happy to get a win. It doesn’t do much for what happened the last couple of days, but we’re playing baseball. When the game’s over and you start to think about it, it doesn’t ease the pain.”