The Twins entered play Friday night having dropped three straight to the Seattle Mariners. Well, they recovered, and they won, 5-4, in eleven innings. Yes, the Twins had to go extra innings in a game that looked like it might go easily for the Twins but which ended up looking really…hard for them.
Braden’s perfecto received an interesting challenge in the 5th, when Evan Longoria attempted a bunt (!) that rolled foul. Follow the link for an interesting discussion of the propriety of this move, though I think that the 5th inning is awfully early for the crowd to start booing an attempt to get on base. In the 9th, I get it, but in the 5th, come on, the man’s just doing his job.
So it could be argued that Braden did the Yankees a favor on Sunday, taking some of the luster off the terrific start Tampa Bay has had to the 2010 season, giving New York a helping hand in the American League East standings.
But he did himself a larger favor. The name Dallas Braden will no longer be primarily connected to the notion that “he was the guy who didn’t want A-Rod on his mound.”
For now and all the times to come in which baseball is played, Braden will be known as a man who threw a perfect game. As even Rodriguez said: “Good for him.”
Look, A-Rod is an *******. There’s not really any denying that. If anybody is going to be unaware of baseball etiquette, it’d be him. I imagine even Yankees fans are aware of his penchant for testing the limits of acceptable play, but accept him regardless, due to what he contributes to the lineup. It happens all over sports.
Kershaw was just better today, but Jimenez still pitched very well, surrendering only two hits over seven innings. (Boxscore here.) And rarely, and I mean rarely, have I seen a pitcher make Todd Helton look helpless at the plate the way Kershaw made him flail today.
He followed up and had an easy ninth inning.