That was some kind of first inning yesterday by Stauffer. He hit the first batter he faced. He gave up a homerun to the second batter. Walked the third batter. Gave up a double to the next batter. And finally hit one more batter before getting a double play and a lineout to end the inning.
Total damage: 2 runs.
I can confidently say... I could've done that. At least the first part. No joke. You give me a baseball and some major leaguers and I'll probably hit a couple of them. When the ball does end up over the plate, they'll probably tag it for extra bases.
What I couldn't have done was what Stauffer did the rest of the game, which is awesome. I can't wait to see his stuff.
Change of subject. Here's something interesting. You put two beat writers in a room and let them listen to the exact same thing. One beat writer comes up with this headline: To hear four old-timers talk, baseball's lost a step or two. And the other comes up with: Baseball legends think game is fine. I suppose the game could be fine while at the same time losing a step or two.
Klesko explains that he ran through the stop sign at third base the other night because his back was bothering him too much to try to hit the brakes. From the UT article:
Also, since most people like to point out that Dave Roberts doesn't get on base enough to make him effective and everybody else will tell you that most people are overrating him. I'll balance it out by throwing all my support behind him...
4 for 5 with a double, a walk and 3 runs.
Dave Roberts is the clutch.