Rockies 5, Braves 1: The word “outdueled” should not appear within 50 yards of Jason Marquis, but there it is in the AP writeup. Even when he pitches well he sort of just bulls his way through the game, with none of the grace implied by a word like “dueled.” As for the Braves, Mac Thomason — who, though I hate that it’s true, is always more interesting to read when the Braves are stinkin’ it up than when they’re playing well — notes the inherent unfairness in the fact that Derek Lowe was probably the best one out there for Atlanta last night, but he’s the one who gets the loss.
Dodgers 3, Mets 2: I think the only way the Mets could have done more to give the Dodgers this game is if they had shipped it to them at their homes thereby keeping them from having to come to the ballpark. One of the key mistakes was a Carlos Beltran error in the 11th. Beltran:
“I called for the ball like six times, But Pagan stood in the middle and I couldn’t put my glove on the ball. On a ball like that, I have priority. If Pagan would have called for that ball, my job is to get out of the way. He’s been in center field before, so he knows that when the center fielder calls for the ball, everyone has to get out of the way.”
He’s right, but I’m sure that won’t stop Steve Phillips from struttin’ around crowin’ about how Beltran doesn’t know how to win or lead or live or something.
Rays 13, Athletics 4: Lots of fun stuff in the game story. Such as the tidbit that Oakland has been outscored 47-13 in the past four games. This one was fun too: The Rays had at least one stolen base in each of the previous 19 games but didn’t steal one here, breaking the longest such streak in the AL since 1914. If you put a gun to my head I’d say that the NL record is held by a mid-to-late 80s Cardinals team, with the mark being somewhere in the vicinity of 75 games. At least it seemed that way.
Pirates 12, Nationals 7: It’s games like these that make me worry about only going to a small handful of live ballgames a year. Nineteen runs? Four errors? Three and a half hours capped by a bullpen implosion? What if this was the only game I went to in the span of three months? If you have season tickets at least you can come back tomorrow and expect a better product.
Yankees 7, Twins 6: R.A. Dickey shuts the Yankees out on three hits in four and a third, but gets no help from anyone else and thus is denied the win he so richly deserved. Typical anti-knuckleballer stuff.
Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2: The sweep of the little Sox out of the way, Toronto finally has its first big AL East test of the year as they face off against the big Sox in Fenway starting tonight.
Brewers 8, Cardinals 4: Matt Gamel hits his first home run, a three-run shot that gave the Brewers a 4-0 lead. But because there is so much yang to his yin, we have to mention that he got his first error too, and now the race is on to see if he racks up more of the former than the latter in games in which he plays defense.
Angels 10, Mariners 6: John Lackey gets the win. It was his second start in three nights. Which seems insane to me for a guy coming off the DL. Someone in Anaheim ought to be fired over this.
Diamondbacks at Marlins: Postponed: sdaeh rieht edih dna nur yeht semoc niar eht fI . . . naiR . . . enihsnuS . . .