I was hoping that he would start in right, but no.
But it was great that he came up and immediately got a hit – drove the second pitch he saw to the CF wall, driving in Quintero from first.
Downs and Sanchez are not good fielders. Happ gave up his usual 5 runs/5 innings, but 2 of them were Downs/Sanchez’ fault. Sanchez is just slow and Downs is just BAD.
Prince Fielder hit a 500′ (at least) solo homer off Aneury Rodriguez – THIRD deck. One of the longest ones I have ever seen in my life. Not sure why they always say that homers are so much shorter than they are – only 475′ my rear. It was certainly longer than the infamous one that Uncle hit off Lidge.
Matt Downs hasn’t reached base in his last 22 PA and Brett Wallace – he’s sinking badly. Afterr his monster April, he had a .719 OPS in May, .657 OPS in June and – this is bad – a .461 OPS (yes, you read that right) for July going 12 fer 62 with 3 doubles. NOT good. Chris Johnson hasn’t hit a homer since June 1. But at least he’s doing better than Wallace. CJ had a .801 OPS in June, but had trouble in July, a .612 OPS.
Hitting coach needs to adjust their swing or stance or something. He hasn’t exactly done much good, has he?
I’m trying to find out more about where Michael Bourn and Wandy might be going, but am not sure yet. The Yankees are trying to get Felix Hernandez, but the Mariners just got rid of their only other good pitcher, so they may not get anywhere. With Ubaldo Jiminez going to the Indians, it might be that Wandy may be headed east – unless Hideki Kuroda goes there first. The Dodgers are getting rid of their expensive players, seeing as how MLB is running the club with Frank McCourt broke.
Furcal is going to the Cards – no Riot any more, I guess – TLR didn’t like Brendad Ryan’s personality, but the man could field and Riot, uh, is not real too good.