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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Barnes (Matt)”

Nine-Run Ruin

I don’t think these Blue Jays fans are still upset that John Farrell abandoned them. As the horror in the seventh inning unfurled Farrell tried to bring in pitchers to preserve Joe Kelly’s 8-4 lead. Matt Barnes, Junichi Tazawa, and Tommy Layne all failed; they saw the entire Toronto lineup and all nine batters scored to give the visitors a 13-8 advantage. Perhaps Justin Smoak’s two-run homer snapped Layne out of his stupor as he managed to get three outs to mercifully end the inning. The Boston Globe’s Eric Wilbur suggested that Farrell is at fault for the team’s poor performance. “Turns out the Red Sox aren’t only missing clutch hitting in their clubhouse,” opined Wilbur. “They’re clearly also lacking any semblance of backbone from their manager. The manager needs to go. That’s now more clear than ever.” Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald fired back with his own thoughts. Farrell not responding in kind to Wade Miley’s outburst was not an example of a lack of spine but presence of mind, according to Silverman. “That Farrell did not escalate the Miley episode by returning the pitcher’s fire-and-brimstone act with equal ferocity in the sight of the TV cameras is...

Panda Power

Going into this game the Athletics were in last place in the American League West and attempting to snap a five-game losing streak. As poorly as Oakland has been playing they still stretched the Red Sox into extra innings by tying the game in the seventh inning. It took a circuit clout in the 11th authored by Pablo Sandoval to break the 4-4 tie. Perhaps the Bay Area air reinvigorated him. In earlier innings the Athletics managed to scrape back into a tie. In the bottom of the 11th Matt Barnes slammed the door shut with just six pitches. It was Barnes’s first major league win. Note that it was Matt Barnes the rookie reliever, not Matt Barnes the Clippers’ small forward. Your browser does not support iframes. The taut contest also had a bit of history sprinkled in the sixth inning. David Ortiz’s leadoff double to Coco Crisp didn’t lead to a run but it was his 1,041st extra base hit. He shares 26th place with Pete Rose in the record books. The Boston squad is on a two-game winning streak. They’re getting hot; best put on oven mitts before handling them. Game 32: May 11, 2015 ∙ 11...

Tigers on a Gold Leash

The Royals finally displayed why they are contending for a playoff spot in Saturday’s game. Jeremy Guthrie went eight innings and only allowed three hits while striking out two and walking one. The sole run the Red Sox scored came by way of Mike Moustakas’s error in the third inning. Mookie Betts reached first when Moustakas played his grounder to the side. Betts dashed to third base when David Ortiz singled to right and Yoenis Cespedes lofted the ball to center field to plate the Red Sox second baseman. Your browser does not support iframes. Yes, for the first time in his major league career Betts started at second base. Despite not playing the infield for a few months his skills hadn’t diminished. He made a nifty play on Alex Gordon’s sharp grounder in the sixth inning. Your browser does not support iframes. Matt Barnes didn’t have as good an outing as his Fenway debut. In one inning he gave up three hits, two earned runs, and a walk. On the plus side, he struck out the side and has eclectic taste in music. Lorenzo Cain scored both times he reached base. He even had a laugh at his own...

Don’t Call My Name Alejandro

Thanks to my friend I got to enjoy last night’s game. Thanks to Alejandro De Aza it wasn’t was entertaining as it could have been. De Aza has worked his way from obscurity to relevance. Starting with the Marlins, spending some time with the White Sox, and then finally being traded to the contending Orioles is a journey many players would envy. Your browser does not support iframes. Anthony Ranaudo should wear a shirt that says, “De Aza is my Daddy.” The rookie starter surrendered two homers to the Orioles left fielder. Ranaudo came up short on a night where the immortal Pedro Martinez was honored with a bobblehead. Batting practice was fun. Nelson Cruz was hammering moonshots over the wall with his boomstick to these fans’ delight. What a roller-coaster ride these past few seasons has been. From worst to first to worst again. Just a year ago Koji Uehara was mowing down batters at a historic pace, John Lackey and Jon Lester were an near-unstoppable one-two punch, and veteran and rookie hitters joinced forces to knock in timely hits. But what was once a humming machine has broken down into humdrum parts. Thankfully there are a few replacement...


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