Has Griffey done his taxes?
By Jason Wojciechowski on April 13, 2004 at 3:22 PM
- Cross your fingers: Ken Griffey is still healthy, and throwing out opposing pitchers trying to take second base. It's not quite tax day, yet, though, so maybe it doesn't mean much.
- Braden Looper got a rare four-run save for the Mets, since he came into the game with the bases juiced and one out in the ninth. The tying run was coming to the plate, much less in the hole, so the ensuing double play ball he got from Andruw Jones earned him his second save.
- Greg Maddux allowed five walks (one intentional) and hit Craig Wilson with a pitch in a blowout loss to the Pirates. The last time he had a five walk day with at most one intentional walk was August 9, 1995, against Cincinnati. That game also saw Maddux throw a wild pitch, give up a three-run homer to Bentio Santiago, and allow four stolen bases. The key difference between the two games? Good Maddux (1995) struck out eight Reds in his 6 2/3 innings. Bad Maddux (2004) struck out just one in 3 2/3.
- Travis Hafner hit his fourth homer of the year, a grand slam off Kyle Lohse of the Twins. Hafner probably won't stay at the top of the home run list for too much longer.
- I saw something about Barry Bonds ... I'm not sure what it was. I'm still working on that.
- The Rockies walked 10 times, just one intentional, and added a HBP, in winning over the Diamondbacks. Vinny Castilla and Jeromy Burnitz drew three of those walks apiece, so perhaps this isn't the evidence of an offense ready to rock 'n' roll that some might take it to be.
- Look out Carl Crawford! Here comes Tony Womack, with five steals for the Cardinals. Given that neither gets on base all that much, they're both going to have to run pretty much every time they get on if they want to pile up the steals.