Aces Anything But Wild…

By: Big Rygg

Now that was a pitching duel.

I know that there are a lot of baseball fans out there that love a game like that which took place today in New York at Yankee Stadium. That game featured a 14-run inning and total combined scoring of 26 runs!

But there are also baseball fans, though probably to a lesser extent, that love a game like that which took place today in New York…but at Citi Field.

The new home of the New York Mets saw it’s first real pitcher’s duel today between former Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana and hopefully a future one, Yovani Gallardo.

Santana went 7.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K

Gallardo’s line was: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K

Great stuff from both pitchers. In fact, the first 5 out Gallardo recorded were strikeouts including getting both Carloses (Delgado and Beltran) to strikeout with runners on first and third in the 1st inning.

Frustratingly, though perhaps fittingly in a game which featured such good pitching, the only run of the game on either side came literally off of the glove of another Carlos (Brewer reliever Villanueva). A runner scored from third after a bullet of a line drive glanced off the side of Villanueva’s glove for an infield single. The frustrating part, though, was that the only reason the runner was at third base to begin with was because of a 2008 special, that of course being an error on a routine play from Rickie Weeks.

Yes, Weeks has been doing much better this year so far than in years past, but not being able to catch a 15 foot lob from Prince Fielder is unacceptable.

But, enough complaining. Tomorrow is another day. A day when Nelson Figueroa squares off against Jeff Suppan in the series finale.

Let’s get one tomorrow. How about that?

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