Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday stuff

BASEBALL DIARY: the Tigers had won 7 straight games going into last night. But last night's game was a bad loss. The Tigers led at one point, 4-0; but wound up leaving 11 men on base, wasing a bases loaded, 1 out chance in the 5th--they failed to add on. Justin Verlander was not as sharp as he has been, but still he left with a 4-3 lead. But then the bullpen, chiefly Joel Zumaya, walked a bunch of people in the 8th inning and thus gave up 2 runs...and the Tigers lost, 5-4. It's good that Leyland and Zumaya were very upset about it--all these walks have to stop.
There was better news elsewhere, though. The Rangers are hitting the ball again, and got good pitching from ace Kevin Millwood in pounding the Padres, 12-2. Note that both Hank Blalock and David Murphy had good games--if they both got hot, the offense could be really cooking again.
The Cubs meanwhile are again embroiled in controversy--Milton Bradley sent home by Lou Piniella after losing his cool in the dugout, Geovany Soto having been tested positive for pot some months ago--and yet they won a big game over the White Sox, 5-4, thanks to Soto's 3-run homer in the 7th, and solid relief work by Kevin Gregg. Can the Cubs build on a win like this?

IRAN UPDATE: the regime there continues its crackdown on protests, and continues to blame the United States for "interfering."
It appears that the protests are waning. That's too bad.
I am however glad that the Obama administration continues to speak out more forcefully against the Iranian government. We conservatives can take pride in the fact that, just maybe, we helped push him to do so.