It's a village in Wales. And until Friday night it was the only existing word that has eleven L's in it. Linguistic experts on Friday have incredibly found a second word with eleven L's in it:
Yes, I know. A pitcher's W-L record hardly matters anymore without context. But when whinedog Cole Hamels is 2-11, it matters. It matters a lot. There can't be enough losses on this guy's record to suit my taste. Sometimes if a team or player accrue too many losses to start to feel sorry for them or him. Hamels? He could go 2-36 and I would rue the fact that he didn't go 0-38. Or 2-40. But the fact that Hamels is 2-11 on June 21st warms the cockles of my heart.
That 11th L was delivered by your New York Mets on a day that started with the news that Jon Niese had a partial tear in his rotator cuff … but that surgery wouldn't immediately be necessary as he was put on the 15 day DL with only rest prescribed for now. I'd sooner believe that the people in the Mets video department are currently editing a tribute video for Niese than that he's only going to miss three weeks with a torn rotator cuff. Earlier in the season, Niese pitched in 34 degree weather in Minnesota, and 28 degree weather in Colorado. Yet still, Bud Selig doesn't see the big deal about scheduling games in Minneapolis and Denver in freaking April with no roofs. So thanks, Allan Huber. You killed Jon Niese.
The game didn't start out so well either as Jeremy Hefner had a tough second inning which included hard hit balls and fielders booting the soft hit balls resulting in three Phillie runs. But Hefner got his act together while Hamels, who no-hit the Mets through the first three innings, fell apart. The Mets got a run off a David Wright single in the fourth, and two were driven in by newest Met Eric Young Jr. in the fifth. But it was the next two frames that made the difference, and the difference was made by Juan Lagares. First, in the bottom of the fifth, Lagares raced back on a ball hit by Carlos Ruiz (or as Ryan Howard calls him: "Choice".
Lagares was playing shallow and raced back for the ball. It wasn't a great catch, and that's the point. He booked it back there right off the bat and made a tough play very easy. And it prevented a big inning for the Phillies. The catch was a key point in this game, and it also put a spotlight on the fact that the Rick Ankiel era in Flushing was quite pointless. But perhaps Ankiel exists only as the Angel In The Outfield for Lagares, as I'm sure we'll find out that Ankiel gave him some specific veteran guidance during his brief time here that helped him make that play against Ruiz. It certainly would have been the only thing Ankiel did right in his month here.
Then in the top of the sixth, Lagares' double drove him Lucas Duda from first base with the winning run off Hamels. Lucas has been all too eager to flash his speed lately so scoring the winning run from first was a good outlet for him. It's certainly better than him trying to steal a base like he did in the second inning. I don't know what Lucas is trying to demonstrate … unless he was hypnotized during a lounge act where guy told him that once he heard people clap he was Juan Pierre. There's got to be a way to get through to him in a language that the caveman can understand. So let me try:
HEY LUCAS!!! GOONIE GOO GOO!
There. Hopefully, we will not be seeing that again. But I will hold out hope that this isn't the last 11 L's hung on Hamels.