URL Weaver: Walkoff Wacky

Giants splash game is tight tho

Giants splash game is tight tho

Baseball is the weirdest game. The season is so long that early season games seem almost meaningless. By the time September rolls around, even the most dramatic May walkoff victory is long forgotten. Just one of one-sixty-two, another victory of 90 if you’re a playoff team.

But in May, late-inning heroics fuel the game. It is the value of the unexpected that keeps so many of us coming back. You never really know what you’ll see – every at bat presents a fresh opportunity for amazement.

Last night, just a random Tuesday night in May, supplied more than its share of amazement. No baseball fan could ask for much more from a Tuesday night in late May. We saw walkoffs a plenty, dramatic home runs as precursor to those walkoff shots, great pitching performances and another historic night from a young player who already has a fair bit of history to his name.

It was baseball and it was awesome.

From the reeling Giants coming behind against the vaunted (and expensive!) Nats bullpen to the Orioles picking themselves up after a series of blown saves of their own, last night didn’t lack for storylines. Even the Rockies slipped in a highlight of their own, for whatever that’s worth (nothing.)

The O’s got it started first, taking a game back from the Yankees on this walkoff shot by Nate McLouth. Love Gary Thorn’s call on this home run. Like it shocked him, allowing his call to build to a crescendo. Orioles magic lives in your, Nate McLouth.

As mentioned, the Giants won via their now-customary heartattack fashion. After Gregor Blanco tripled over a shellshocked Bryce Harper to tie the game, Pablo Sandoval hit a 464-foot walkoff tater.

Duane Kuiper cares not for your casual excitement, Thorn. He goes full growl on the Panda’s massive walkoff boomer.

EL OSO BLANCO! The White Bear demonstrates what happens to nerds on the INSIDE. What a beast.

Evan Gattis‘ game-tying shot wasn’t a walkoff, but it set the Braves up to walk it off against the Twins in the 10th. Quite the dramatic swing from

Source: FanGraphs

Not to be outdone by the Giants “splash the hero in the face with a cup of water”, Kris Medlen got Freddie Freeman so good after Freeman’s walkoff single, it dislodged one of his contact lenses.

medlen soaks freeman

Meanwhile, there was no drama as the Angels trounced the Mariners, only Mike Trout making history. The Angels outfielder became the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle.

Rather than watch Trout do his thing over five at bats, here’s Mike Trout and a sideline reporter in orange jeans getting doused with a bucket of water. Mike Trout and a lady in orange jeans are America, as far as I’m concerned.

And the rest

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Speaking of Trout, ESPN Stats & Info digs into his historic night. [ESPN]

Today in less exciting news, Chris Sale will not make his next start as he was scratched with a sore shoulder. [Chicago Sun-Times]

From the mouths of babes…

The Royals are kind of a joke. [Grantland]

Don’t blame Don Mattingly, despite your strong desire to blame Don Mattingly [Sports on Earth]

Expansive strikezone draws ire in Toronto. [The Strike Zone, ironically enough]