Pirates 3, Braves 2: Right after I graduated law school I traded in my 1990 Chevy Cavalier for a new Honda. The Cavy still looked good — clean, no rust, no dings — but it ran like hacking death. It would just stall the hell out for no reason, but not before convulsing in a violent, noisy rattle. It was so unpredictable, though. It would run fine for days and then — whammo — it just died. If you let it sit for ten minutes it would start right back up and run fine again. Totally bizarre. Anyway, as I turned over the keys to the thing at the Honda dealer, I was worried that someone from the used car department would start the thing up and and have it seize on them before I could sign on the dotted line for my new car, but no one bothered to try. I can’t tell you how happy I was that, if the Cavy did eventually die on them, I would be nowhere near the place when it did. The Braves were unable to avoid this kind of embarrassment when their trade-in — Charlie Morton — had to leave the game in the second inning with a bum hamstring. Caveat emptor, Pirate dudes.
Royals 9, Indians 0: Just when Carlo Pavano was starting to get the kudos for a career revival, the Royals of all teams lay an eleven-hit, nine-run smackdown on him. Alberto Callaspo was the offensive hero for Kansas City, going 4 for 4, including a grand slam. Worth noting that Kyle Farnsworth — a man who made the first couple weeks of the season so awful for Royals fans — hasn’t allowed a run over seventeen appearances since April 19th, and he’s only walked two dudes in that same span. Greinke will fill the bill this season, but the Royals have had way worse players than Farnsworth represent them at the All-Star game in recent years.
Mariners 4, Orioles 1: Two home runs from Jose Lopez and the eighth straight game in which the Mariners have allowed three runs or fewer = win.
Astros 2, Cubs 1: Nice pitchers duel between Wandy Rodriguez and Carlos Zambrano, even if neither of them figured into the decision.
Tigers 2, White Sox 1: Another spiffy pitchers duel, this one Verlander vs. Danks, with the former (CG, 6 H, 1 ER, 9K) dueling just a bit more skillfully than the latter. From the game story, it’s noted that the Tigers selected NCAA killer Andy Oliver in the draft. Given his mastery of Ohio courts, he should consider making his home in Toledo even after he makes the big club despite the long commute to Tiger Stadium. Dude could be bulletproof here.
Cardinals 13, Marlins 4: I’m less interested in the fact that Marlins’ pitchers gave up 13 runs than I am that they didn’t strike out a single Cardinal in the game.
Phillies 5, Mets 4: Yesterday I noted that the Phillies’ bullpen is doubling as the cast of a reality show. Given that six members of that pen were pressed into actual pitching duty to get last night’s win, there probably wasn’t a lot of opportunity for confession cams and the kind of manufactured drama you usually see in these shows. The producers must have been furious.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 5: Chien-Ming Wang still can’t find it so Phil Hughes had to come in. If I’m Joe Girardi, I just switch places with these two next Tuesday and see what happens. And while I didn’t watch most of this game, I did hear the bit where Sutcliffe was talking about some deal Terry Francona has with J.D. Drew where Francona pays Drew a couple hundred bucks each time he hits a ball off the Monster. At least I think that’s how it went. If so, is that even allowed?
Rays 9, Angels 5: John Lackey gets shelled. Jeff Niemann was no great shakes himself, but his bullpen bailed him out with one-hit, shutout relief over the final five and a third innings.
Rockies 4, Brewers 2: Brad Hawpe (2-4, 2B, HR 2 RBI) did the damage, as he has all year.
Reds 4, Nationals 2: Worst-timed rainstorm ever. The Reds get to the bottom of the ninth with a 2-0 lead, only then to have to sit for a two hour and ten minute rain delay, after which the Nats scored two sending it to extras. According to the game story there were only about 100 fans left after the delay. I’m shocked that there were that many.
Padres 3, Dodgers 1: Kevin Correia (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) pitched well on three days’ rest. Clayton Kershaw threw 83 pitches in less than three innings, which made it a long night for the bullpen.
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4: Feels like San Francisco has been on the road forever, but at least they’re ending it well. Barry Zito struggled, but his offense (and the Dbacks’ poor defense) picked him up.
Twins 6, Athletics 3: Bullpen failure. Someone should write a book someday compiling all of the subtly sarcastic or passive-aggressive things starting pitchers say when betrayed by their pen. This, from starter Dallas Braden, who was sick before the game, is one of the better ones: “I think I probably could have put the upset stomach and tired arm aside for one more inning, so I’ll wear this one for sure.” Translation: dudes, I’m sick, and I just gutted out seven strong innings. You gotta do better than that. Man.”
Blue Jays vs. Rangers: Postponed: Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii, has up to 350 rainy days every year. This why they do not play baseball on Mt. Waialeale.