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Breakfast with Benz

First call: Jung Ho Kang unimpressive in 1st Triple-A game during comeback

| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6:24 a.m.
The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang sits in the dugout during a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park last season.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang sits in the dugout during a game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park last season.

In "First Call" today, it looks like there is a long way to go for Jung Ho Kang. Two amazing plays in the outfield. One burns the Pirates. The other will be NCAA stuff of legend. And in New England, there is news about Gronk's contract, Edelman's suspension and Belichick's $60 pancakes.


Oh no, Jung Ho

Last night the Pirates blew a 5-0 lead in Arizona and ended up losing 9-5. If you are looking toward Indianapolis to make yourself feel better in the wake of that stellar collapse, look elsewhere.

The Triple-A Indians lost to Toledo 4-0, getting just three hits in defeat.

But all eyes were on Jung Ho Kang. Although, by the end of the game, if you were watching, you likely averted them.

It was his first game with the Indianapolis. Kang went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The Pirates quickly elevated Kang to Triple-A after he got off to a hot start in High-A Bradenton. The infielder had 10 hits in 24 plate appearances, homering three times along the way.


Can we see that again?

For a while, this just looked like it was simply going to be a footnote in that Pirates game against the Diamondbacks.

Just a fine individual effort in an otherwise bad night for Arizona against the Buccos.

Guess again.

Yes, that filthy defensive highlight from Chris Owings helped turn things around for Arizona. As you can see, the D-Backs were down 5-0 at the time of that spectacular double-play.

It almost looked like Clint Hurdle was so impressed by the play he felt guilty about challenging. I still think Paul Goldschmidt came off the bag, even the Arizona announcers were leaning in that direction at first during the review.

But apparently, that still shot swayed the opinion of those reviewing the play.

Regardless, an unreal snag and throw by Owings. And an inning later, Arizona started its comeback.


Opposite end of the spectrum

Meanwhile, you've got to feel for Auburn outfielder Steven Williams.

He tried to make a game-saving catch against Florida's Austin Langworthy in an NCAA Super Regional. And look what happened.

Yup. That was in extra innings to win the game and send the defending champion Gators to the College World series.


Privileged pancakes

I get it. To the victor goes the spoils. But this is pretty spoiled.

According to the New York Post , Patriots coach Bill Belichick spent $60 on room service pancakes and coffee before heading to the Belmont Stakes at the Lowes Regency Hotel.

You may assume this story is false. Or exaggerated. I prefer to assume it is 100 percent true. In fact, I now believe IHOP becoming IHOb is not for International House of Burgers. Rather, it'll be International House of Belichick.

I get it. It's New York. And Belichick can afford $60 in pancakes. But at some point, whether you can afford, don't you just say: "Nope!"?

Not even a side order of bacon or anything!? What was on those pancakes, anyway? Personally dripped maple syrup from a tree right outside the hotel?

Speaking of New England, word is a new contract for Rob Gronkowski is looming .

I'm sure he'll be able to afford a flapjack or two once that deal is done. Gronk strikes me as the kind of guy who goes to IHOb, and orders a huge stack of chocolate chip pancakes just so he can do something inappropriate with the whipped cream.


This is less entertaining

While we can laugh at Belichick's culinary desires, no one is laughing at the Julian Edelman PED suspension.

But will it stand? Edelman is appealing.

The Patriots wide receiver got pinched for four games because he tested positive for a banned substance. But apparently no one knows exactly what it was .

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the positive test was "triggered by a substance that wasn't immediately recognizable, and there are scientists analyzing it."

So that could — could — mean one of two things:

Edelman didn't do anything wrong, and it's a false positive.

Or ...

Alex Guerrero has invented stuff the steroid catchers haven't even thought of yet.

I'm sure I know what folks in New England will want to believe. I'm sure I know what people in Pittsburgh will believe.

I'm also sure if it is a designer drug of some sort, it costs more than $60 pancakes.

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