Daily Minyan – May 1, 2009

In honor of May Day, I found this very cool graphic of a youth baseball tournament that has been going on in the midwest since 1999.

 

 

Yesterday was mostly a day of rest for our boys except for Ian and Scott, who were a bit frustrated!

So, how did they do??

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad, didn’t play in the Dodgers’ victory over the Giants.  

 

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with two strikeouts in the Brewers victory over the Diamondbacks.  He lowered his average to .317 and extended his streak to 170 errorless games.  He seems to be in a minor slump, but I’m sure he’ll come out of this weekend.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig didn’t pitch yesterday because the Twins had an off day.

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Because of Wednesday’s rainout, Scott’s next start is tonight at home against Mark Buehrle and the White Sox.

 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch because the Pirates had a day off.

 

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in yesterday’s demolishing of the BoSox.  

 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-4, with a single and walk in yesterday’s Rangers loss to the A’s.  However, he could have had a much bigger game if not for A’s outfielder Ryan Sweeney’s fantastic catch in straightaway center that robbed him of a 3-run homer, which caused Ian to slam down his helmet in anger.  Here’s the link to the video.  Not sure how to embed video yet, but I’ll get Orangebird to help me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARrUktVdcEM

 “It was pretty much timing,” Sweeney said. “I just jumped, got lucky and caught it. … He hit it dead center. I think if he would have pulled it a little bit, it might have gone.”

“It was a good catch. There’s nothing more I can say,” Kinsler said. “I was hoping it would be on the grass and out of his reach.”

A’s manager Bob Geren said the 6-foot-4 Sweeney “needed every inch” to make the play.
 
 

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t start yesterday in the Rockies game against the Padres. He is slated to pitch this Sunday.

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott had an awful outing yesterday against the Brewers.  He entered the game with 2 outs and the game tied 1-1, and proceeded to issue a bases loaded walk to Prince Fielder and then gave up a 2-run double to Mike Cameron.  But because of the magic of baseball statistics, his ERA remained at 2.35.

 

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in yesterday’s crushing loss to the Rays.  He finally dropped down below the .400 mark and is now batting .395

  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Ian Kinsler

                         

                                   He still looks angry, if you ask me!

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