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Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Remember Rich Hill? Remember the guy who led some to speculate that he was taking over as the ace in the Cubs rotation while he assembled a streak of eighteen consecutive innings without an earned run? Remember the guy who called AJ Pierzynski gutless? The guy whose curveball Michael Barrett said, “is so electric that the first couple of times I caught him, I had a tendency to come up on the curve because it bites so much. You just don’t see a left-handed curveball like that anymore. When he’s good, it doesn’t hang, and it’s nearly unhittable.” Well folks, he was almost unhittable again last night.
First thing’s first, I’ve always liked Rich Hill. A local kid from Milton, Mass, I’ve been watching him for a long time. I will be watching you and if I find that you are trying to corrupt my first-born child, I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown. Last night, pitching for the Baltimore Orioles, Rich Hill brought the Mariners down to Chinatown.
Last night, Rich Hill allowed two hits over seven innings in the Orioles’ 1-0 win at Seattle. Big deal you say? Who cares you say? I say it was the first time Hill held his opponent scoreless over the first seven innings since he did so five times over a period of nine starts in September 2006 and April 2007. I say in 2006, Hill’s two complete games were the only CG’s by the Cub’s pitching staff in that season. After having problems finding the strike zone in ’08, Rich was ultimately sent down to Single-A. His career appeared over.
Rich Hill has found new life with this O’s team and he’s making the most of it. Hill: “”The opportunity that I’m getting is a second chance, and you’ve got to make the most of it. To be able to come to the ballpark, to compete and be a Major League baseball player is something that you don’t take for granted after the course of events that happened last year.” This year, however, Rich Hill is good again.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!