Former Fall/Elastica keyboardist Dave Bush (above) was nearly flawless in his Milwaukee debut, striking out 7, and allowing a mere two hits (one of ’em a Gonzo solo HR) in 7 innings. Derek Turnbow earned his 4th save in 4 chances and the Brewers remain (maybe you wanna sit down) unbeaten.
Detroit are also perfect thus far, running their record to 4-0 after defeating Texas earlier tonight, 5-2. 3B Chris Shelton (above) became the first player since Lou Brock in 1967 to start a campaign with 5 home runs in 4 games. Jimmy Leyland remembers that year well, as it marked his 75th birthday.
As entertaining as watching the Mets take batting practice this evening surely was, Friday’s best game had to be Tampa Bay erasing a 6-0 deficit and overtaking Toronto, 9-8 at the ex-Skydome. Though Johny Gomes’ tiebreaking, 2-run HR in the 7th off Pete Walker and Dave Hollins’ subsequent game winning blast in the 9th were the big blows of the night, Ty Wigginton’s solo HR was noteworthy just ‘cuz some of us were trying to remember where he was employed. A brutal display by the Blue Jays bullpen, who will have to do better if anyone’s gonna have a fair shot at saying BJ Ryan’s in over his head.
I’m not so good at catchy, Chris Berman-esque nicknames, so the Mets’ recent arrival from Baltimore will have to settle for Jorge “No, No, No, No, Anyone But Him” Julio.
Daniel Cabrera walked 7 Boston hitters in 7 and one third innings tonight. The whole on-off-on thing with Kris and Anna Benson must really be messing with his concentration.