Daily Minyan – June 3, 2009

On this date in 1971, Cubs southpaw Ken


Holtzman tosses the second no-hitter of his


career, victimizing the Reds 1-0. Holtzman


scores the only run, in the third inning.  He


became the only pitcher since the 1880s to


throw 2 no-hitters for the Cubs, and was also


one of the principal pitchers on Oakland’s


championship teams from 1972 to 1975. His


174 career victories are the most in the major


leagues by a Jewish pitcher (Sandy Koufax had


165), and he held the record for most pitching


appearances by a Jewish pitcher until 1998.





As a promising Jewish left-hander, he was

heralded as a new Sandy Koufax, whom he

faced on September 25, 1966, one day after

Yom Kippur, with Holtzman winning 2-1 and

taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning; Koufax

made his last regular-season appearance a

week later on October 2.




Let’s hope that some of our guys can live up to their level of excellence!!!  Oy Vey!!  



Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad started and went 0-for-3 in yesterday’s Dodgers win over the D-Backs.  That dropped his average to .314.


 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4, and walked once in the Brewers loss to the Marlins.  His average dropped to .309.


 Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the White Sox. He lowered his ERA to 4.98.

Craig earned another Chai 5!



Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott is scheduled to pitch tonight against Andy Pettitte. 


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Pirates victory over the Mets and earned his 8th hold of the year. He also lowered his ERA to 4.30.   



Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in the Rays victory over the Royals.  However, his average is still below the Mendoza Line. 




Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 1-for-5 and stole his 11th base of the year in the Rangers loss to the Yanks. His average fell to .277.


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is scheduled to pitch tonight against the Astros.   


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him. 


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

Youk went 0-for-3, and walked in the BoSox victory over the Tigers. However, he also was hit by a pitch with the based loaded to record his 32nd RBI of the year. His average fell to .358. 


My question is, what’s with my guys getting hit by pitches???  That’s gotta hurt!!!


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  John Grabow







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