Daniel Cabrera pitched tonight, and if you didn't see it, then you missed something. Cabrera threw 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before a Robinson Cano single, then got Bobby Abreu to ground into a 6-3 double play to end it, with the O's winning 7-1.
Cabrera's line: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
If it weren't for three errors and a couple of passed balls, maybe Cano never comes to bat. But then, what are you going to do with a one-hitter? Bitch and complain? I'll pass. Great game tonight from Cabrera, who looked more relaxed and smooth than I've ever seen him look. I've honestly seem him look more dominant, but never that completely in control. Ramon Hernandez homered twice and Miguel Tejada reached 100 RBI.
In other news, Pedro Martinez is going to miss the entire postseason, which is a real blow to the Mets (obviously), and Frank Robinson is probably not going to be back with the Expos next season. Frank's had very little to work with over there and done a pretty decent job, I think. I don't always agree with his game decisions, but whatever. He took over a team that had no owner and that no one wanted to manage and led them to two straight 83-win seasons, and finished 81-81 last year, even though that came with a collapse after a 50-31 start. He's done as well as anyone could have hoped. That team had been abandoned and he got something good out of them for three of his five years. I would not be surprised to see Frank manage somewhere else.
Houston won again today. St. Louis is losing again. Now this is happening.
Tim Salmon is retiring. Hell of a career for him. One of the most underrated players of his generation. Maybe the most, actually. The man could hit. Along with Erstad and Garret Anderson, I think he's also one of only three guys to play for the California Angels, Anaheim Angels and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
But Danny C, man. Tonight was his night.