First there was Jonathon Sanchez’s no hitter, the first of the year. The game was full of excitement and close plays. The game saving rob from Aaron Rowand in the ninth. Only the error by Uribe seperating him from a perfect game. And the mere perfection from Sanchez that put him into the history books with the greats. Well, Mark Beuhrle is already there. Having thrown a no hitter in 2007, Beuhrle added onto his career of STELLARNESS by throwing a perfect game against the defending champion Rays. That’s right, Mark Beuhrle has thrown a perfect game on July 23, 2009. This picture, duplicated just an hours ago.
The game kept fans on there feet. It must have been such a great moment there. To have a ticket to that game must have been amazing (not knowing what would happen of course, but now that it has… wow). Beuhrle and the White Sox were… well let me say it… RE-MARK-ABLE!
Like Sanchez’s no hitter, a late game rob saved their moment in history. Aaron Rowand robbed what might have been a home run in the ninth inning of Sanchez’s no hitter. In today’s game against the Rays, a defensive replacement in center, Dewayne Wise, robbed a sure home run from Gabe Kapler and preserved the perfect game for Beuhrle. This was the single most important moment in the game, as was Rowand’s catch. Another great play was Gordon Beckam’s line drive catch at third after a long at bat from Pat Burrell. Honestly, it wasn’t all that well hit, but still, if he wasn’t there… there goes the perfection. On offense, Beuhrle wouldn’t have needed much but he got it anyway. Josh Fields hit a grand slam to start things off. Then, Alexei Ramirez and Scott Podsednik hit back to back doubles to get the score to 5-0. That would be four more runs than Beuhrle would need.
Beuhrle, already among some of the greatest names in history, adds to his already STELLAR career with this perfect game. In his outing, he went the full nine innings, had six K’s and gave up nothing to the Rays offense. That’s right. Carlos Pena, BJ Upton, Evan Longoria… they were all held silent by Beuhrle. Perfection. Such a great sight to see.
Beuhrle joins a great group of names of those who have thrown a no hitter and a perfect game on different occasions. The list includes the likes of Randy Johnson and… well, I forget who else but it is definitely a list to cherish being a part of. Beuhrle was absolutely STELLAR in what was clearly the most exciting part of this season. First there was Sanchez’s no hitter. Then just last night, Manny Ramirez’s pinch hit grand slam. Another great moment. And now a perfect game from Beuhrle. And just think about this… we’ve only just begun the second half of the season. We still have the rest of the second half to go. There’s still the playoff race to sit back and enjoy. Then the playoffs themselves. It’s going to be great and this season is going to be even greater. Just wait.
Absolutely RE-MARK-ABLE. Congrats to Mark Beuhrle on yet another phenominal accomplishment.
Carl Crawford shined the brightest among the star studded rosters that participated in the 80th All Star Game last night. With a game saving catch to rob the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe of a home run and a 1-3 night at the plate, Carl Crawford was awarded the All Star Game MVP trophy from the commish Bud Selig. A great honor for Crawford who’s STELLAR play kept the AL in the game and gave them their 12th win in 13 years of All Star play. Congrats to Crawford for his achievement.
The game was a very good one, keeping me alert at all times. Different from the Home Run Derby the night before, the game was exciting and it was definitely worth watching. Most of the action happened early as the AL scored twice in the top of the first. The NL scored three times in the bottom of the second to go ahead in the game. Hmmmm. Maybe the NL had a shot at winning this thing. Well, maybe not.
In the fifth, the AL tied the score up with a run on a combined effort from Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter. The game then stayed scorelss until the eighth in which my favorite player, Curtis Granderson, tripled to deep left off the wall. Just missing a home run, Granderson swiftly made his way to third to put the go ahead run on. He was then driven in by an Adam Jones deep sacrifice fly. In fact when the ball first left his bat, I thought it was going out, but the wind must have knocked it down because it was just short of the warning track. It was deep enough to drive in Granderson and the AL went ahead.
The NL was then on the ropes for yet another loss in the All Star Game. They were unable to score in the bottom of the eighth as Joe Nathan got out of a little jam in which he had walked a guy and gave up a hit. In the bottom of the ninth, as he has his whole career, Mariano Rivera stepped up to the mound and shut down the NL 1-2-3.
Now, as I said in my first edition of this post, defense is a huge aspect of baseball, whether you think it is or not. In last night’s game, the ball off Brad Hawpe’s bat would have left the yard (barely) if it wasn’t for the great hustle from Crawford. His great concentration allowed him to catch the ball while hitting the wall. Michael Young made a couple nice plays over at third base in place for Evan Longoria who was a late scratch with an infection of his finger. All over the field, people were making some good plays. Ironically enough, each team had an error. Well, it didn’t seem to make that much of a difference but still… kind of ironic.
The All Star Game was a blast to watch. I was pumped that Curtis Granderson was a huge part of the game with his triple and game winning run. I didn’t know if he would get that much playing time but he did. In fact, his first at bat was when he hit the triple. That was the turning point in the game. It broke a tie and it broke the NL’s chances of winning for the first time in 13 years. Also, I was glad that Jeter and Rivera had good games. Teixeira didn’t really have any huge plays but his presence at first was felt as he played a solid game. The Yankees were well represented with their old skipper on the opposite bench, Joe Torre.
The starting pitching was supposed to be STELLAR but in fact, it wasn’t that STELLAR. Lincecum had trouble in the first inning where he gave up two runs on two hits. On the other side of things, Halladay gave up three runs on four hits. Only two of them were earned as one run scored on a Josh Hamilton throwing error. The rest of the game, the pitching was pretty good. Solid all around and it was a great thing to watch.
The All Star Game in general was pleasing to me. It got me back on track with baseball after a disappointing Home Run Derby Monday night. I’m pumped for the rest of the season and it is going to be a good one. The stars shone bright last night and the stars are going to shine bright the rest of the season as the playoffs near. The Yankees and Red Sox race for the top of the AL East is going to be a good one. The NL Central is about as tight as it gets. Everyone’s got a chance. The AL Central looks like the Tigers are going to take it. The Dodgers are still the best team in the bigs and will continue to play like it. Manny’s return will help them even more. It’s going to be a great second half of the season and I am psyched.
So, the midsummer classic is coming up and some of my pals have been bugging me to post my picks for the game. Now, most of them are no doubters but others people might have an argument against. Well here they are.
C: Joe Mauer (Twins)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
3B: Evan Longoria (Rays)
SS: Derek Jeter (Yankees)
LF: Jason Bay (Red Sox)
CF: Curtis Granderson (Tigers)
RF: Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners)
P: Roy Halladay (Blue Jays)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
1B: Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
2B: Orlando Hudson (Dodgers)
3B: David Wright (Mets)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (Marlins)
LF: Ryan Braun (Brewers)
CF: Raul Ibanez (Phillies)
RF: Brad Hawpe
P: Tim Lincecum (Giants)
Now as you have probably noticed on many other ballots before, the AL squad is stacked with Yankees and Red Sox players. That is because they are the two best teams in the AL and they have the most All Star worthy players. So don’t yell at me because I picked them because one- they deserve it, and two- a ton of others have picked them in their ballots. Two Cards start at their own home stadium for the game (Pujols and Molina).