Mets 7, Marlins 1: Gary Sheffield played left field and immediately dropped a fly ball, so apparently it’s the position, not the player. Other than that, things were just fine for New York, as John Maine pitched well for once. And, as you know, you can’t stop Omir Santos, you can only hope to contain him. Not so good for the fish: Hanley Ramirez got plunked in the hand and had to leave. X-Rays were negative, which paradoxically, means good news.
Astros 4, Reds 1: Great starts from both Oswalt (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) and Cueto (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER), though neither figured in the decision. Francisco Cordero had only given up one earned run in his first seven innings, but got beat up in the ninth. Chris Dickerson had 12 strikeouts in his last 19 at-bats entering this game and finally hit something. Unfortunately it was Miguel Tejada’s head with his own, and he had to leave the game with a concussion.
Red Sox 3, Indians 1: Must have been some bad starting pitcher juju floating around Ohio last night, because this is the second game here in which the starters were spectacular yet had nothing to show for it. Wakefield (7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER) trumps Lee (8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER) in the bad luck department, however, because as a knuckleballer he is entitled to better treatment. Great Moments in Passive-Aggressive Game Stories: The AP story had this note at the end: “OF Matt LaPorta, acquired by the Indians from Milwaukee in the deal for CC Sabathia last summer, is batting .400 at Triple-A Columbus. He batted .520 and was the International League’s top player last week.” It said that because AP editors wouldn’t allow the beat reporter to write “man, the Indians leftfielders suck this year, don’t they?”
Tigers 4, Yankees 2: The game story said “Sabathia (1-2) gave up four runs on six hits in another disappointing performance for the pitcher the Yankees gave a $161 million, seven-year contract last winter.” Reader RobRob opines: “Let’s see: Complete game, check. Six hits allowed, check. No walks, check. Seven strikeouts, check. 99 pitches, check. Four runs? Not terrible, considering two were on a fly ball that could have been an out. Disappointing? Only in New York.” My sentiments exactly. It was a good start. He lost. It happens. No need to call it disappointing and to point out the size of the contract.
Phillies 13, Nationals 11: Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn homered in the top of the eighth to put Washington up 11-7, but then Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, after a couple of other runs, to fling the Phillies to the 13-11 victory. The names of the relief pitchers involved were changed to protect the innocent.
Cardinals 3, Braves 2: I watched this one — well, kinda; I was flipping back and forth between it and “Star Trek: TNG” episodes — but from what I saw, I was amazed that the Cardinals left more guys on base than did the Braves, who were afflicted with some sort of tachyon-based anti-clutch force field. Oh, and while I’m geeking out, I’m going to go on record and note that the Star Trek people made a big mistake in not killing off Worf and making Suzie Plakson’s K’Ehleyr the regular token Klingon circa season 2. Small sample size, sure, but definitely the potential for a much better character.
Royals 7, Blue Jays 1: I guess the only remaining question is whether Brian Bannister (7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2K, 6 BB) will get a second round of national media love before his inevitable shellackings commence.
Rays 7, Twins 1: Well, at least Scott Baker didn’t give up any home runs.
Rangers 6, Orioles 4: I hate these wraparound series. They make me feel like the week hasn’t really started. Like every day is Sunday. Come, Armageddon! Come! Um, sorry about that. Habit. Anyway, announced attendance was 10,621, which is the second-smallest crowd in Camden Yards history. They’re going to break 10,000 pretty soon, which should be fun.
Brewers 10, Pirates 5: A textbook case of mutual bullpen betrayal, as the Brewers blew a two-run lead in the top of the eighth, then scored five in the bottom half to beat the Pirates. This was Pittsburgh’s 16th straight defeat at Miller Park. Trevor Hoffman makes his Milwaukee debut, but it wasn’t a save situation. Do they still play “Hells Bells”? Does a closer with his own music bring it with him when he changes teams? I’m guessing Hoffman did, but I’m not sure.
Rockies 12, Padres 7: San Diego, as I predicted, is beginning to find their true level after a quick start, and that level isn’t all that high.
Giants 5, Dodgers 4: What began as a excellent start by Zito — shutout through six — kind of fell apart in the seventh as the Dodgers scored four times to take the lead, but the Giants rallied in the eighth. Brian Wilson, apparently much better rested now that he’s home from the road trip, nailed it down in the ninth. Pfun Pfact: History’s greatest monster, Barry Bonds, was in the house, sitting between Giants CEO William Neukom and president Larry Baer in the front row next to the Giants’ dugout. Later he made a guest spot on the Giants broadcast, breaking down a Manny Ramirez at bat against Zito. There were no reported injuries, no one fainted or even swooned, and no children were corrupted in the process.
Diamondbacks 7, Cubs 2: Danny Haren gave up a leadoff homer to Soriano and then settled down to retire 22 of the next 23 he faced. His line: CG, 3 H, 2 ER, 10K, 0 BB.
Mariners at White Sox: Postponed: According to the AP story, the game will be made up today as part of a doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. Does that mean it’s a true, old-fashioned two-for-one doubleheader, or will they kick everyone from the first game out at 7PM or whenever it ends so that they can get a second paying crowd out of the deal? I suppose it would have to be the latter due to the logistics of it all — two people could have tickets to the same seat — but I really have taken a shine to the old style doubleheaders ever since my mom told me that she went to this one — and sat through both games less than two weeks before giving birth to me. Kinda makes me feel like I have doubleheaders in my DNA, ya know?