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The Juice: Buck's 2 homers rock Padres, earthquake rolls PETCO

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Thanks again to the original Broadway cast of Walkoff Walk for covering me last week (I had a thing). Roll Call starts at PETCO Park, where John Buck(notes) shook up the joint with a pair of home runs. And then the real rumbling began.

Game of the Day
Blue Jays 6, Padres 3

Whole lotta shakin': If you're old enough to remember the quake that rocked San Francisco just before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series, you'll be grateful to know this was only generally like that.

At 9:26 p.m. Pacific Time, moments after David Eckstein(notes) grounded to short for the first out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Mother Earth yawned. TV cameras shook, the foul poles swayed, players got curious looks on their faces, and that was it.

"We just had an earthquake, boys," Padres TV analyst Mark Grant said. "Feel it?"

The guys in the upper deck at PETCO did; they're holding onto a railing in the screen shot above.

Scientists measured the quake, which was felt as far north as Anaheim, at 5.7 on the Richter Scale. "A pretty good rumble," Padres announcer Dick Enberg called it, but so puny it interrupted play for only a few seconds. Watch it happen below.

Chicken Dance: The seismic event also caused Enberg to say to Grant: "We had a little side-to-side shake-a-roo. I thought that was you doing the Funky Chicken at first."

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I'm pretty sure the "Funky Chicken" refers to the classic dance/tune from the '70s and not the Famous Chicken (right), who owned the Padres around the same time. He also liked to dance.

The players' reactions ranged from "pretty fun" (Shaun Marcum(notes)) to "I don't like it ... it's kind of freaky" (Chase Headley(notes)).

As for Buck, he pulled No. 10 to left in the second and went oppo to right for a solo shot to give the Jays a 6-3 lead in the eighth. It's his third multi-homer game of the season — and first overshadowed by an earthquake.

[Photos: See John Buck in action]

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They Also Played ...

Giants 10, Orioles 2: Black-on-orange crime. Shame, really. Of particular note to S.F., another home run by Pat Burrell(notes), who seems to have found his bat. You see? He's not dead. He's getting better!

Cardinals 9, Mariners 3: Not only does Jose Lopez(notes) have a .573 OPS as the M's cleanup hitter, but he's obviously trying to ruin the middle of the Cardinals' order, too. To wit, this beaning of Albert Pujols(notes) on a "throw" toward home. What a Smedley. Pujols was OK, but only because he's more machine than man.

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Brewers 12, Angels 2: If it appears that Erick Aybar(notes) (smiling) just became the first major leaguer to give birth during a game, that's because he did. Casey McGehee(notes) Aybar, all 200 pounds of him, was born about 9:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Infielder and baby are doing fine. Seriously, Aybar needed to be helped off the field after McGehee's hard slide. ... And don't forget to watch Torii Hunter(notes) forget to catch this fly ball.

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Games over. No, really, that's it.

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