I'm gonna start this here, and then come back to it.
First off, lots of guys relieved in there.
Secondly, the Pirates are claiming Norris Hopper put the ball back in Freel's glove. And, well, from what I'm told...
Also, got this report from my friend Corey Brinn in Dayton: "Dragons up 6-3 in 6th, first game of two 7-inning doubleheader... eddie enters the game!! leadoff single, flyout to warning track in left. fielder's choice. flyout to right. ahead of most hitters... threw about 16 pitchers or so... not sure if day is done... yep, eddie's day is done"
So good report from Dayton.
Will get back to you.
From Butcher it was 13 pitches for Guardado
As you can tell here, Corey really seems to like Guardado's backside.
Here's some of what Hopper had to say:
“I didn’t call it, he didn’t call it,” Hopper said after the game. “I knew I had a bead on it and I know how we plays and I kind of figured he had a bead on it and we needed that out pretty bad there. I told myself we got to make the play.”
Hopper stuck out his glove, thinking he was about to catch it when at the last second, Freel’s glove went in front of his and made the catch.
“I know if there’s a ball in between us, it’s going to be close. Because I ain’t slowing up and I know he ain’t slowing up. I’m trying to help my pitcher out any way I can,” Hopper said. “I saw the ball, I didn’t look at him. Even if I would have said something, Freel ain’t stopping. He’s going to get the ball just like I am.”
As I watch for highlights, I want to know why I'm not getting live coverage of Eddie Guardado's rehab appearance in Dayton on ESPN? It's like they really think all the world gives a crap about the Yankees. God, I hate me some ESPN.
Here's what the Pirates had to say:
“I really don’t think he caught that ball,” Pirate starter Ian Snell said. “If you see it on the replay, it's kind of weird. It looked like (Hopper) put it in his glove. So, we need instant replay.”
Said Cota: “They told me that Hopper put the ball in his glove. It's just one of those things. You wish this was like the NFL and you could throw a red flag on the field and challenge that play. … It was my one-in-a-million chance, with my blazing speed, for an inside-the-park (homer). I'll probably have to wait another century for that chance.”
Cota: "It's always scary to see somebody down on the field, unconscious. It happened with me two years ago when I ran into (Sean) Casey. There's something about me and the Reds, with me knocking guys out."
Just saw the replay on ESPN between Clemens pitches, and it's pretty clear what Hopper did.