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Panda Problems

This should be about Blake Swihart’s first major league home run. I should be writing about how Swihart persevered on the defensive side by wrangling Steven Wright’s knuckleball and help the starter triumph thanks to his third-inning solo shot. But instead Wright’s four-run lead evaporated in the fifth inning with Torii Hunter’s three-run homer. Wright notched two outs in the sixth inning but had difficulty nailing down the final out. Pablo Sandoval fielded Eduardo Escobar’s ground ball easily but uncorked a poor throw to allow the Twins shortstop to reach second base. Kurt Suzuki lined a single to right to tie the game. Koji Uehara wasn’t helped by his fielders, either. Brian Dozier led off the ninth with a single that might have been caught by a more proficient left fielder than Hanley Ramirez. Hunter followed with a single to short. Joe Mauer bunted and Swihart scooped it up. Swihart fired a low throw to Sandoval but it was catchable. The ball skittered under Sandoval’s glove and Dozier crossed home to give the Twins the lead. Minnesota went on to score three more runs in the last frame, an insurmountable lead for the inconsistent Red Sox offense. Like his favorite...

Brock and Roll

The Athletics need to work on their defense. Mike Napoli led off the second with a single to Josh Donaldson, but Donaldson’s throw allowed Napoli to take second. Jarrod Parker hit Daniel Nava with a fastball that ricocheted off the hitter and knocked C.B. Bucknor out of the game. Bill Miller (not Bill Mueller; pause for a pleasant moment of nostalgia) replaced Bucknor at home. Parker induced fly ball outs off the bats of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias and seemed poised to get out of the inning, but then Brock Holt entered the batters’ box. Holt carved the ball into the opposite field to drive in Napoli and Nava. Yoenis Cespedes gathered the ball, missed the cutoff man, and threw so high John Jaso had to jump to catch it. Jaso tried to get Holt out at second but missed his target, too. By the time the Oakland defense had the ball under control Holt stood at third. The Athletics tied the game with Jaso’s RBI single in the fifth and Jed Lowrie’s solo home run in the sixth. Dustin Pedroia broke the tie with a two-run line drive single to left in the eighth, just in time to...

Butterfields of Gold

This is Brian James Butterfield. Mike Napoli bought him a bucket of flowers and Butterfield tended to them in the dugout. He’s sad because this is the team’s last game in Seattle and he must bid his blossoms farewell. This is Brock Wyatt Holt. Just typing that made me pregnant. If you read his name after you just shaved you now have 5 o’clock shadow. Old Hoss Radbourn considered making his moniker more manly to outdo Holt’s handle. Steven Wright earned his first major league win. He took over for Ryan Dempster in the fourth and put in a yeoman’s effort across 5⅔ innings: 3 hits, no earned runs (although he allowed an inherited runner score), 2 bases on balls, and 3 strikeouts. Koji Uehara lost the fan voting for the All-Star game but notched his seventh save and secured a series win. Who needs to celebrate with American League players you spend the whole season trying to defeat when you can high five your own guys? Game 94: July 11, 2013 ∙ 10 innings Boston Red Sox57-37 11 W: Steven Wright (1-0)S: Koji Uehara (7)2B: Ryan Lavarnway (4)HR: Jacoby Ellsbury (3) Seattle Mariners40-52 4 L: Tom Wilhelmsen (0-3) 2B:...


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