Indians 8, Royals 7: Sidney Ponson does pretty much what you’d expect him to, and that’s get blown up (3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB). And you can tell his attitude is just as good as ever. I watched this game, and as soon as he gave up the homer to Sizemore, he gets annoyed and starts working quickly and angrily which causes him to throw the ball around even more randomly than he had been. So he walks Mark DeRosa on four pitches, and Bob McClure comes out to talk to him. I can’t read lips, but during the mound visit, Ponson has the same attitude as Bender from the Breakfast Club when Vernon was piling the additional Saturdays on him. McClure sits down, Ponson gives up a single to Victor Martinez and then is yanked from the game. The Royals would rally off of Joe Smith and then throw a big scare into Kerry Wood to turn it into a one-run game, but Sir Sidney sealed the Royals’ fate last night.
Orioles 10, White Sox 3: the Major League debut of Brad Bergesen goes swimmingly (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), ending in a win. Debuts have to be so hard to for ballplayers, because not only do they have to play, but they have to do so after spending all morning in HR filling out forms, reviewing the employee handbook, getting trained on the voice mail and everything else. Then there’s that awkward lunch with their new coworkers which just blows a hole in any hope they had of being productive on Day One. In light of all of this, how a guy like Bergesen doesn’t just chalk it up as a lost day is beyond me.
Yankees 5, Athletics 3: Only one home run, this one by Johnny Damon, so maybe we’ll all shut up about the ballpark now. I mean, if three or four games was enough to cause us all to say it was a bandbox, I guess one is enough to say it isn’t. Kurt Suzuki went 4 for 4, but no one else did anything to help him out, which is pretty much par for the course for this punchless bunch these days.
Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4: The Rangers are the only team against whom Roy Halladay has an ERA over 5.00, and he didn’t do anything to change that in this game, giving up five runs in eight innings. Scary moment: Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley was gets taken off the field on a stretcher by paramedics after he was hit by the head of Hank Blalock’s bat, which had broken off on a popup. The latest article I saw before the bulldog went to press said that Danley was in the hospital for “observation” and that the extent of his injuries are unknown.
Pirates 3, Marlins 2: According to this article, Freddy Sanchez had severe foot problems as a baby, and a diagnosis that he might never walk. And he never really has walked (only 115 times in over 2,500 plate appearances) but that’s not as important when you’re batting .360 and hitting game-winning home runs like Sanchez did last night. Disclaimer: I read that article quickly, so I may not have gotten the gist of it. Anyway, the Pirates lead the league in ERA and have won four of their last five games, which probably means that the world is going to end here pretty soon.
Nationals 4, Braves 3: Atlanta jumps out to a three run lead and then gives it back to Washington with some bad defense from Chipper Jones and Matt Diaz and, I can only assume, lack of focus due to two straight days of awful rain delays. One thing back in focus, apparently, are Brian McCann’s eyes. After missing some games with blurred vision he got some new contacts and drew two walks last night. So either the eye is good or he was just guessing.
Cardinals 6, Mets 4: Anytime I say that Oliver Perez is a bad pitcher, someone comes out of the Mets’ woodwork to tell me that I’m wrong — that he’s really two pitchers: one good, one bad, and you never know which one you’re going to get. Well, so far we’re running 3-1 on the bad to good board, with last night’s stinker throwing things decidedly towards bad (4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB). Should have been worse, actually, given how many base runners he allowed. As it was, Perez’s last act was to walk in a run to make it 4-3 Mets, and then to watch as Casey Fossum walked in another one immediately thereafter. Bad night for J.J. Putz, too, as he gave up the two runs that decided the game in the eighth.
Phillies 11, Brewers 4: Milwaukee got nothin’ from Manny Parra and Jorge Julio, who combined to allow ten runs on nine hits in less than five innings. After that Philadelphia only needed to wait out a long rain delay. All Philly regulars except Ryan Howard got a hit, and all bur Howard and Jimmy Rollins batted in at least one run.
Cubs 7, Reds 2: Micah Owings neither hit nor pitched well in this one, giving up five runs in four and two-thirds innings and going 0-2 at the plate. It occurs to me that rather than this should he pitch or should he hit stuff, that maybe he should think about business school or something.
Astros 8, Dodgers 5: The Dodgers send out an offense that has been clicking and Clayton Kershaw and his 1.50 ERA against Russ Ortiz. Thank goodness for Astros’ fans that they don’t play the games on paper. Kershaw was rocked (4.1 IP, 8 H 6 ER), Ortiz was, well, kind of bad too but better than Kershaw, which is all that matters, because this is a head-to-head league.
Angels 4, Tigers 3: Nothin’ like some home cookin’ after a 1-5 road trip. A decent start from someone — Jered Weaver — helped.
Mariners 4, Rays 2: Among the many things going right for Seattle, excellence from Jarrod Washburn (7 IP, 5 H 2 ER, 9K) is perhaps the least expected. His ERA for the season now sits at 1.71. Fun stuff: Ken Griffey laid down a bunt in the first inning in an effort to thwart a significant shift. It ended up working, but only because of a bad throw by Any Sonnanstine. Second rate color commentators all over the country saw this, stood up and said “Finally!”
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 6: This game lasted 3:32 and featured 13 pitchers. I’m guessing this is the kind of game that really calls into question MLB Network’s decision to keep the highlight show running until the last game ends.
Twins vs. Red Sox: Postponed. And rescheduled as a double header for today. Several rain dances were also canceled in the Boston area yesterday and will likewise be rescheduled for today, weather permitting.