Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Play of the Day: Plays at the Plate Are Cool

There may have been plays last night that had more to do with the outcome of the game than this one, but I don't care.  Plays at the plate are cool.

Andres Torres ripped a line-drive into right field and Tyler Colvin tried to make a sliding cutoff to keep the ball from going to the wall.  He succeeded in keeping from going to the wall, but he kicked it a bit and that was enough for the Giants' third base coach to to send Travis Ishikawa around third to try to score the winning run.

Colvin recovered, hit the cutoff man, Mike Fontenot, who then relayed a strike to Koyie Hill, and Ishikawa was out at home to extend the game another inning.

I actually pumped my fist as the umpire signalled the out call.  First time I've felt any emotion other than depression while watching a Cubs game in I don't even want to know how long.

Also, Carlos Zambrano managed to navigate through five innings in his return to the rotation, part deux.  He walked seven, but got a couple of double plays and kept the damage to two runs allowed and gave the Cubs' offense a chance to win without his best stuff.

But at the end of the day, plays at the plate are cool.


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