Cubs 5, Pirates 2: If Trey Hillman got suspended for spraying it instead of saying it, Carlos Zambrano is probably going to be tied up and sent out into the desert on the back of a donkey Thunderdome-style after his outburst yesterday. By the way, I love it when the guy who just got ejected pretends to throw the ump out of the game. Maybe someday it will work. In other news, Zambrano is probably my favorite player in the game right now.
Mariners 6, Athletics 1: Erik Bedard won his first game in five starts and Russell Branyan hit the homer that gave the Ms some breathing room. And you may want to be sitting down for this: Nomar Garciaparra went back on the DL. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are.
Marlins 6, Phillies 2: Brett Myers has allowed 17 homers so far this year. Which, in case you were wondering, is a lot.
Tigers 8, Royals 3: Remember all that talk early in the season about how Kyle Davies had figured it all out? Yeah, maybe not completely, as he gives up eight runs on ten hits and didn’t make it out of the sixth. With things out of hand, acting-manager John Gibbons allowed the Royals pupu platter of Horacio Ramirez and Kyle Farnsworth to pitch. Amazingly, they didn’t give up any runs.
Dodgers 8, Rockies 6: Everyone keeps saying that Juan Pierre is going to crater, but he continues not to. Here he went 3-5 with 2 RBI. He’s 32 for 78 (.410) with eight doubles and three triples since Manny got suspended.
Orioles 12, Blue Jays 10: Blowing an 8-3 lead after seven innings and a 10-8 lead in the eleventh is not the sort of thing that makes for a nice flight back to Toronto. Also, I’m going to go on record as saying that I wrote two (2) pieces complimentary to Cito Gaston just as this nightmare of a losing streak began for the Jays, so I’m going to take credit for instituting the ShysterBall Jinx.
Cardinals 3, Brewers 2: Last year the Cubs-Brewers race was pretty damn exciting, and this year’s Cardinals-Brewers race is shaping up to be the same. St. Louis has won seven of nine, and is getting great pitching lately. And it seems that Albert Pujols is starting to really be given the Barry Bonds treatment, as he has been walked 12 times in his last six games.
Mets 7, Nationals 4: Not the best of nights for Johan Santana — he threw 120 pitches in six innings — but he did strike 11 Nats out and got the win, so it’s all good. Daniel Murphy had a big night (3-5, 5 RBI). F-Mart effed up when he failed to run out an infield popup that was dropped. Hopefully he turns it around soon, though, because Matthew Cerrone has a great idea for what we can call his home runs.
Yankees 9, Rangers 2: I was truly going to watch this game all the way through but then, two pitches into the game, Rick Sutcliffe said that Derek Holland facing leadoff hitter Derek Jeter “could be the key at bat of the game.” Then, in the bottom of the first, he said that he hoped Josh Hamilton could get an opportunity to run first to third “so that our listeners could see just how fast he is.” My wife and I have a deal: I can’t get the Extra Innings package unless and until I get a full time baseball writing gig. Since I’m not there yet, I decided that the best course of action was to turn the game off and drink scotch, alone, in a quiet room for the rest of the evening.
Twins 4, Red Sox 2: Good to see Dice-K back in mid-season form (100+ pitches in five painfully slow innings). Joe Mauer got on base two out of four plate appearances and had an RBI. I wonder if he’s hurt?
Reds 6, Astros 1: Bronson Arroyo is like a box of chocolates (CG, 5 H, 1 ER).
Giants 6, Braves 3: Win number 299 for The Big Unit. A big assist to Bobby Cox too, as he trotted out what may have been his weakest lineup since the Jim Presley era.
Padres 8, Diamondbacks 5: Adrian Gonzales hits a homer and Jake Peavy gets the win. The Padres should probably deal both of them. The Dbacks are now farther out of first place than they’ve been at any time since 2004.
Angels 3, White Sox 1: Jered Weaver struck out eight and gave up four hits and one run in eight innings. He’s been outstanding over his last five starts and looks to finally be developing into the ace he’s long been expected to be.
Indians 12, Rays 7: After coming back huge on Memorial Day, the Indians once again make up a big deficit — this one a five run hole after the first inning — to beat the reeling Rays. This game ended after midnight, and they have a noon start today, so they probably should do what I used to do when I went out drinking the night before finals: just stay up, dude. It’ll be way easier.