With one game left in the 2006 season, he has one more chance to amass 80 RBI–more if he needs them to hold on to the team lead in RBI–and to finish the year at .270. Right now he has 79 RBI and is at .267.
And if he wants to do anything else good, like steal a base or make a circus catch in the outfield to rob the opposition of an XBH or a home run, we’re for that, too.
So basically, we’re looking for True Elation 24. If Eric follows through with the weird "one day good, one day bad" cycle he’s been one lately, he’s due for a good day tomorrow.
And all’s well that ends well.
Eric Byrnes has just hit his 26th homer! It happened in the third inning of tonight’s contest between the D’Backs and the Padres. It was a 2-out, 2-run blast to left off starter Clay Hensley. This gives him 270 total bases for the year, a new personal best. (His previous mark was 266 in 2004).
UPDATE: D’Backs win 3-1. Hernandez Valverde (S), and Byrnes’ homer was the difference-maker.
EB Line for the Night: 1-4 2RBI 1R. His other outs were to the outfield. So 0 K and 0 DP. His last 4 hits have been XBH. 3 HRs and 1 DB.
If the Dodgers beat the Giants tonight, the NL West will be tied.
Kéllia "Watching Byrnesie Homer is Definitely Better Than Going to the News Department BBQ" Ramares
This is the third time we try to post on the subject. The fact that a post gets destroyed when the remote server cannot put it up is frustrating.
Eric Byrnes achieved 25/25 today as he achieved 20/20 on Sept. 4th, by getting the homer and stolen base(s) he needed on the same day.
Byrnesie stole bases 24 and 25 in the 6th inning from Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez after reaching first on a fielder’s choice.
Congrats, Byrnesie. You have certainly proven that ’05 was an aberration.
Eric Byrnes has hit a 2-run homer in the first inning of the game vs. the Giants. That’s homer No. 25. Exactly what we were hoping for. (We certainly won’t object if he gets more). It’s also RBI 75 and 76. Byrnesie is in the running for the team lead in RBI. Jackson and Tracy have 77. The R was No. 80.
It’s also his second homer in 3 days. And he hit double No. 37 last night. Looks like he’s heating up in the last week of the season.
Byrnes needs 2 more stolen bases to be 25/25.
Eric Byrnes has hit his 24th homer, a solo shot off Giants’ ace Jason Schmidt in the 4th inning. It was his 63rd XBH of the year, a new personal best for aggregate XBH. It was also RBI No. 74, a new personal best for RBI in a season.
That’s more like it!
(D’Backs leading 4-1 as CoJack followed up in the same inning with a 3-run HR).
When MLB.TV has a commercial break, it sometimes displays a little dialogue from the computer that says "Know what my favorite play is? The two-out walk-off grand slam. I know it’s kind of obvious. But I’m not changing it. Keep watching, you might see one."
Well, those were watching that game–not me, I was at work–saw precisely that, from Nomar Garciaparra. To center, over the head of Eric Byrnes. That’s now Nomar’s second walk-off homer this week. (Who does he think he is? David Ortiz?)
This is now at least the third walk-off hit sent beyond Byrnes’ reach. I saw the Mets get two walk-off hits (not homers) at Shea. With a runner on third, the outfielders were playing shallow to try to make a play at the plate on a single. The Mets’ balls were hit near the warning track. This time, Garciaparra hit the ball to the fans.
Byrnes bageled again with one K. I swear it’s like he’s forgotten how to hit.
After singling in the first inning, Byrnes stole second. That’s stolen base No. 23. That gives him 23 homers and 23 stolen bases. This exceeds the output of the D’Backs only other 20/20 man, Devon White, who went 22/22 in 1998.
In the 9th inning, Byrnesie singled with the bases loaded, driving in two runs. That makes 73 on the year, which ties his 2004 total, so far his career best.
Miguel Batista won the game! That’s his 11th win. It’s nice to see him win because he gets stuck with so many no decisions. He gave up three runs in the first–what is it about the first inning that D’Backs pitchers give up runs like there is some sort of law that says they have to?–but then he settled down and pitched well. Jose Valverde closed it out.
Byrnesie is in singles mode. All four hits tonight were singles, as was the one hit he got last night. That’s good for the average, but not good for the slugging percentage, the XBH/H and the TBs. But what bothers us most about tonight is that he was not driven in any of the 4 times he was on base, even though the stolen base put him on 2nd, and in a subsequent inning he got as far as third.
Byrnes also struck out once today. He’s been striking out regularly and we would like to see him stop that before he ends the season with 90+. That would still be an improvement over 2004, but we remember that earlier this year, he went 58 PA’s without a K. It would be nice if he could close out the season with a long no-K streak.
And while we were elated to see him get some RBI’s with the bases loaded, greedy DTLFL is still waiting to see Eric Byrnes get something more than a single with the bags full.
The D’Backs got 17 hits tonight.
Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres got save No. 478 tonight. That ties him with Lee Smith for the all-time number of saves.
Kéllia "Still waiting for XBH No. 63" Ramares