Marlins 6, Cubs 2: One wonders if the Cubs did much due diligence on Aaron Heilman prior to bringing him onboard. I mean, I watch a lot of baseball, so I certainly knew from Mets games of the past couple of years that he was not to be trusted in tight spots like extra innings, but maybe the Cubs don’t watch as many as me since they’re playing all of the time. Perhaps his tendency to blow up was simply unknown to them? Yeah, that’s gotta be it. And the Cubs certainly need to DL somebody, because you can’t win a division using Carlos Zambrano as your primary pinch hitter and playing Koyie Hill at third. Hey wait! If they had a really versatile guy — a Mark DeRosa type — and a good relief pitcher — say, a Kerry Wood type — maybe BOTH of these problems are solved!
Royals 8, Blue Jays 6: On Wednesday it was Bengie Molina hitting a triple. Yesterday it was John Buck, only he did it twice. Let’s hear it for the portly among us! Six double plays by the Royals as well as they take three of four from the previously hot Jays.
Athletics 4, Rangers 2: Ryan Sweeney’s robbery of Ian Kinsler at the wall was pretty freakin’ sweet. Andruw Jones hit a home run. It was his third, which is the same number he hit all last year. It ain’t exactly Babe Zaharias returning from colon cancer surgery to win the 1954 U.S. Open, but he is at .344/.523 /.781 and has to be the early leader for Comeback Player of the Year, right? I mean, he got fat and everything, which is practically dead, isn’t it?
Yankees 7, Angels 4: Behold! A bullpen worse than the Yankees! In fact, it’s the worst in baseball, and helped New York pull away in the eighth. Every Yankee starter got a hit, which is kind of fun to look at in a box score.
Cardinals 9, Nats 4: I guess that Julian Tavarez in the ninth inning thing didn’t work out as well this time, did it? Here Tavarez entered the game, walked a guy, gave up a double, hit a guy, walked another guy, and gave up a single before Acta brought out the hook and brought in Hanrahan. Only two possible reasons for that: (1) Hanrahan wasn’t warmed up and couldn’t come in until the game was out of control; or (b) Acta actually thought Tavarez could get out of this jam once he was in it. If it was the latter, Acta isn’t all that familiar with Julian Tavarez’s body of work. Otherwise, it also strikes me that if the Nats are going to with a Frankenbullpen made up of guys like Tavarez, that they should always have two guys warmed up at the start of an inning.
Rays 13, Red Sox 0: The Rays basically ripped off the Red Sox’ legs and beat them with ‘em. Not much more you can say about that.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1: Max Scherzer probably didn’t buy Tom Gordon any beers after this one. Scherzer handed Gordon a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and Flash did this: walk-wild pitch-single-fielder’s choice-wild pitch-single-walk. Four runs charged to Gordon.
Dodgers 8, Padres 5: Rookie James McDonald didn’t have it, but luckily Jeff Weaver was around (how many people have ever said that before?). He came in and pitched four scoreless innings to keep the Padres at bay long enough for the offense to come and bail Big Blue out. The Dodgers are now 7-0 at home.