THE NEWBERG REPORT — May 30, 2008
Before the game, among the batting practice pitches that Josh Hamilton sent into orbit were one that landed 15 rows up in the right field upper deck porch – there aren’t many more than 25 rows total – and one that struck the bleachers in right center field, just to the right of Greene’s Hill, about three rows short of the umbrellaed picnic tables that sit beyond the seats.
And then he helped win a game with his feet.
Brandon Boggs wasn’t supposed to play, got an opportunity due to the late Milton Bradley scratch (lightheadedness), and all he did was double Michael Young in (fourth inning), sac-fly Hamilton in (sixth inning), and double Hamilton in (eighth inning), accounting for all three Texas runs in a crisp 3-1 win over the team it’s directly behind in the division race.
Kevin Millwood showed no rust, holding the A’s to one run over six innings, throwing roughly two-thirds of his 86 pitches for strikes. Eddie Guardado: strikeout looking, strikeout looking, lazy fly to left, roughly two-thirds of his 17 pitches for strikes. Joaquin Benoit, 10 of 13 pitches for strikes. C.J. Wilson, 12 of 14 pitches for strikes.
None of them issued a walk.
And we’re talking about Oakland, a team renowned as much as any other for working pitch counts and drawing walks.
Can you draw it up any better?
Wilson nailed down the victory after surrendering an Eric Chavez excuse-me single by striking out Emil Brown (the worst defensive outfielder ever?) and inducing a game-ending double play, turned by Brenden Morrow:
The last winning record the Rangers had this year was at 5-4. The club is 1-9 when its win-loss record is even.
Time to build off tonight’s really good win and start to march away from .500 tomorrow.
Good baseball is so rewarding.