Borrowing from the media’s name for the National League Central, the Comedy Central Report is a daily feature which recaps all the previous day’s games in which a central team played. Keep track of all six teams vying for the most mediocre division title in baseball.
Sorry for the late post, woke up a bit late today...
Pirates get two in a row fry Fish, 7-5
Recap: Finally the bats come alive, as Xavier Nady hit a homerun early and a homerun late to power the Pirates to an extra inning win. Of course, to get to this point the bullpen had to blow things again. Van Benschoten was removed early, as Tracy believed the 42 balls out of 81 pitches was enough to pull him after the 4th, even though he had given up only 2 runs. I don't know if I like the move, making in-game corrections is a skill that needs to be worked on by all pitchers, but I have a feeling if Van Benchoten was left in there and gave up 4 runs in the 5th, we would be blaming Tracy right now.
All You Need to Know: 2 in a row! On the road! It looks as though the Pirates will take some steam off the proposed walk-out on Saturday. I think the whole thing is silly. I bet the protest actually increases attendance to the game, which will result in giving more money to the ownership that everyone hates. I'm not saying it isn't warranted, and I think we should let our voices be heard, but there are more effective and constructive ways.
Brewers sweep Astros 6-3
Recap: The Astros are not helping us out right now. Damian Miller hit his first homerun of the season, a three-run walk off homer. These are the things that happen when you're winning, I suppose.
All You Need to Know: The Pirates' season, if there really is any season left, rests on the series against the Brewers starting next week.
Cubs win again, beat Rockies 6-4
Recap: Apparently Michael Barrett was the issue, as Carlos Zambrano won his 4th game in 5 tries. With the win, the Cubs are only 1 win away from giving the Central Division 2 teams at or above .500.
All You Need to Know: Mike Fontenot, who is 5'8" but has been on a tear ever since being called up, was complimented by Zambrano after the game: "He hits the ball like a man, I feel happy for him." Zambrano then went on to give him two-black eyes and demand he be traded.
Mets shut out Cards, 2-0
Recap: This one only went 5.5 innings before rain ended the game. The teams combined for only 3 hits, thankfully for the Mets one out of their 2 hits was a 2 run shot.
Cardinals Stat of the Day: With the loss, Anthony Reyes has dropped to 0-10. The record for most consecutive losses is 18 in the NL...I couldn't find the stat for most consecutive losses starting a season, though. If anyone has this information please share.
Reds Outslug Phillies, 9-6
Recap: Both Adam Dunn and Ryan Howard hit homeruns, but the Reds prevailed. Howard's homer was his 100th in only 325 games, breaking Pirates' legend Ralph Kiner's record of 385 games.
All You Need to Know: Just an anecdote, but I was at a bar where the Phillies and Bucs were both on TV, sitting next to a friend who roots for the Phillies. There really are few greater joys in life than watching a fan of any of the Philadelphia sports squirm as their team blows another game. Especially when it is to one of the worst teams in the league.
Philadelphia's two greatest sports heroes
Your Comedy Central Standings on June 28th, 2007:
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