Game 3: Yard Sale
Photo: Mitchell Baxter
March 29, 2019
Oh, man, you may have thought. The M's have to face Chris Sale in the home opener? Well, yes, they did, and they tattooed him. Sale may have struck out the side in the first, but he'd be gone after three innings, three homers, and seven earned to give him an early-season ERA of 21.00. What else was interesting today?
Tim Beckham. My seatmate looked at the scoreboard as Beckahm stepped to the plate and said of his .770+ average, "You think he'll sustain that?" Followed by his trademark chortle. Beckham might have heard the mockery, because he hit loud home runs in each if his first two ABs today and was still batting .700 when he came up the fourth time, when the official scorer decided to charge an error on a play that could have been scored a hit. (Could have, but, yeah, upon seeing the replay it was an error.)
Mallex Smith. Number Zero basically had zero spring training, and kind of looked like it, but nevertheless smacked a triple to the gap, and who doesn't love a triple to the gap? He's going to be fun to watch this season.
Jay Bruce at first base now makes me more nervous than Ryon Healy at third base. Bruce was pretty bad there today. Vo-gey! Vo-gey!
Domingo Santana. Three hits, four RBI, and he made Sale work even when he got struck out. I like what I've seen so far. Ben Gamel Who?
Marco. He scuffled early on, victimized by some weak hits and bad luck as well as some fat pitches clobbered, but still got by on guile into the sixth and left having given up only one earned. Too bad his immediate relief couldn't have kept it that way, but hey, he's 2-0.
Who's this Brennan guy? I didn't think he'd make the team, but he's a Rule 5 guy, so I should've considered it. I need to whip up a profile blurb for him.
I'll be watching the rest of the Red Sox series on TV rather than from my seats at Grifínezuki Field (sigh; that's never gonna catch on, is it?). Kikuchi tomorrow for 4-0 to stay undefeated?