But the final 11 seconds of regulation were a delirious stretch that somehow morphed Sunday’s tilt from a rock fight to an instant classic.
Let’s relive four critical moments through the eyes of the players and coaches involved:
David Freese (R), 0.5 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers (LHP Matthew Boyd): Lefty on the hill? Don’t Freese the platoon wizard out of your lineup. Boyd’s early 1.40 ERA comes with tepid dominance at just 5.1 K/9. He’s bound to falter soon, and Pittsburgh’s righty-hitting piece is an ideal rental to sneak in a productive day.
Jurickson Profar (B), 2.1 percent, Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Kendall Graveman): That percentage is way too low. Likely locked into a starting role for at least the next several weeks with Elvis Andrus (arm) sidelined — and freshly eligible at shortstop as a result — Profar is riding a four-game hit streak heading into Tuesday. Graveman has paid for mistakes against lefty bats so far this year by allowing the third-highest wOBA in that split (.519) and generally pitches to contact (career 14.8 strikeout percentage).
Ryan McMahon (L), 3.7 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Tyson Ross): The celebration of David Dahl’s callup has hid the fact that McMahon has been assigned nine starts in the Rockies’ past 12 games.
Via the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the Governor’s proclamation of a done deal is being challenged by others involved in the crafting of a sports wagering program.
“I don’t know how in the world we got to the point where the governor says there is a deal. There is no deal in place,” West Virginia Gaming and Racing Association president John Cavacini said.
Separate questions have emerged regarding whether, if the deal has been struck, the meetings resulting in the consensus violated the state’s open meetings law, which means that a legal challenge could be coming.
The director of the West Virginia Lottery Commission, Alan Larrick, pushed back against his boss more gently, explaining that there’s “an agreement in principle,” but not final deal. Larrick also acknowledged that a so-called “integrity fee” is on the table.