Monday, April 12, 2010 At Bat 2010 iPhone app diary day 17 Welcome to the Show Mike Leake

Posted by Drew Zeitlin.:

Hello everybody. What a weekend of baseball we just had. We started off with the home openers for the Rockies and the Orioles and finished up with the first ever game at Target Field in Minnesota. It is time to pick up the diary for the At Bat 2010 iPhone app once again. Today will be day 17. In the last four days we have played can you top this. It all started on Friday when we listened to the home openers for the Rockies and the Orioles. We detailed those games in our last post on this diary. We could call it day and be very happy with those two games, but we did not call it. That night we listened to the Yankees and the Rays (diffidently two of the better teams in the American League). What a day, you don't get a day like that in baseball to often or do you?

On Saturday we started our day on WCBS listening to John Sterling describe the second game between the Yankees and Rays. You knew it would be good game but you never could have imagine listening to a no hitter. We did not get that no hitter but we did get 7 2/3 of no hit ball by Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. Some great defensive plays by the Yankees kept the no hitter alive for the last three innings. After that game we snuck in the rest of the Orioles and Blue Jays game. It only gets worse for the Orioles. In this game the winning run for the Blue Jays came from the Orioles hitting a batter with the bases loaded. We then switched and listened to the Rockies and Padres playing at Coors Field in Colorado. What a game it had a little of everything including extra innings. They played 14 innings and unfortunately the home team did not win. What a day.

On Sunday we started in Cincinnati listening to Reds announcer Marty Brennamam describe the action between the Cubs and the Reds. The significance of this game was the professional and Major League debut Mike Leake. Leake became the 21st player since the Draft began in 1965 to make his debut without appearing in a Minor League game. He is the first player since Xavier Nady did it 2000 for the Padres. He pitched very good. Leake pitched 6 2/3 gave up 4 hits and gave up only 1 run and went 2-2 at the plate. Not bad, not bad at all. After seeing the Braves and the Giants in a 4 hour rain delay and that the were going to play Sunday night and not Sunday afternoon, we jumped on the opportunity to listen to that game. The key reason was we wanted to hear Tim Lincecum pitch, (he has won the last two NL Cy Young Awards). He did not disappoint. He pitched 7 innings, had 10 strike outs (it seemed they were all on change ups) he won the game and is now 2-0 with an ERA of 1.29. He maybe ready to win his 3rd straight NL Cy Young. What a day.

On Monday it was a couple of home openers that caught our attention. First we checked out Wrigley Field with the game between the Brewers and the Cubs. It was the 95th home opener at Wrigley Field. Just think of that. The Cubs have played at Wrigley Field for 95 years. The home team sent the fans home happy with a 9-5 victory. The Cubs had this game in hand and allowed us the chance to switch to the Red Sox and Twins game. We always like to listen to first games at new ball parks. It was the debut of Target Field. Of course when you open a new ball park everybody wants to know who got the first hit (Marco Scutaro of the Red Sox) and who got the first home run (Jason Kubel of the Twins). Just like the Cubs the home team sent their fans home happy. What a day.

Growing up we dreamed about having a baseball weekend like this. The only thing different in our dreams back then, was the Orioles would win all 4 games instead of losing all 4 games. Till next time.

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