Thursday, May 3, 2012

5/3: The Old Man Strikes

Greetings everyone... wild night in Atlanta...

  • Braves 15, Phillies 13 - In one of the crazier Braves game in recent memory, Chipper Jones blasted a 2-run, 11th inning, walk-off home run to lift the Braves over the Phillies. Just two pitches earlier, Jones had seemingly homered, but the ball drifted foul and the air let out of the building... for two pitches. What an unbelievable end to an insane game. The Braves trailed 6-0 in the 5th before hanging 6 runs (on Roy Halladay!) in the 5th, then followed it up with 2 more in the 6th for an 8-6 lead. Philly then put up back-to-back 3-run innings in the 7th (a Carlos Ruiz bomb) and 8th (a bases-clearing double by Ruiz again) to take a 12-8 lead and it looked like the comeback was for naught. That is until the bottom of the 8th, when Atlanta put up a 5-spot to take a 13-12 lead. Kimbrel time and a win, right? Wrong. At least on this night. Kimbrel walked Juan Pierre to lead-off the 9th, he promptly stole second, and scored 2 batters later on an infield single. 13-13. Can you see the craziness I was talking about? At any rate, this will be remembered for the Old Man blasting off in the 11th, but everything that happened before that made it even more meaningful. 
  • Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter last night in Anaheim. Normally, that's the lead story with no questions asked, but when local news hits (lol), we have to hold things. 9 strikeouts, 121 pitches, 1 passed ball, 1 walk, and a pretty clean no-no. Weaver is one of the best in the business, so the surprise shouldn't be too great, but at any rate, it's impressive.
  • In a sad story, Junior Seau was found dead in his home yesterday. The 43-year-old Chargers legend passed away via a gun-shot wound and is being investigated for suicide. You never want to discuss these things (at least I don't) until all the details are out there, but we can pray for the family. 
  • In the Association, San Antonio absolutely throttled the Jazz 114-83 to further assert that they are going to win that series in short order. 7 guys in double figures and no one played more than 28 minutes for the Spurs. Just how they drew it up. Indiana took control back in their series against Orlando with a 97-74 road win. Danny Granger (26 points, 9 boards) and Roy Hibbert (18 points, 10 boards) did whatever they wanted, and the Pacers held Orlando to 42% shooting while dominating the glass 46-33. That's the recipe for a dominant road win. And in the late game, Memphis  held serve at home 105-98 over the Clips. Six guys in double-digits for Memphis led by 21 from Rudy Gay and 20 from OJ Mayo (the Juice!) off the bench. If the Grizz can win with Marc Gasol providing very little (8 points, 7 boards), that's a good sign for Memphis, and I still like them in this series. For LAC, Chris Paul was spectacular (29 points, 10-17 FG, 6 assists, 5 steals), but the Clippers lost this game on the glass (37-28) and in the turnover battle (20-12). That's the only way to lose a game when you shoot 57% from the field. Yikes.
What to watch for...
  • MLB - Phillies @ Braves - SportSouth Noon - Blanton vs. Delgado - The worst starting pitcher for both teams, but when the best pitcher (arguably) for both teams matched up last night and the game produced 28 runs, you never know. 
  • NBA - Heat @ Knicks - TNT 7:00 - The series moves to the Mecca, and if the Knicks want to make this a long (-er) series, they need to win this game. Amar'e seems to be out, but that isn't as big of a blow as it should be, and I could see Melo going for 40 here. 
  • MLB - Yankees @ Royals - MLB 8:00 - Phelps vs. Duffy - Nothing like turning on the Yankees and seeing that David Phelps is starting. Who is David Phelps? I actually have no idea. 
  • NBA - Thunder @ Mavs - TNT 9:30 - Best of the 8 series so far, and it changes scenery to Dallas. Absolute must-win for the Mavs here, and I actually expect them to hold serve.

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