Red Sox 6, Braves 5: First time I got to watch the Braves on TBS in like forever, and they just stink up the joint. All of that bad defense combined with weather imported from Scotland made this game about the only bad thing that happened to me on Father’s Day. If it wasn’t for home plate umpire Bill Hohn’s AMAZING mustache, this game would have been a total loss for me.
Cardinals 12, Royals 5: Albert Pujols (4-5, 2 HR, 2B, 6 RBI) can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with, He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
Padres 4, A’s 1: According to the game story, the fathers of Brian Giles, Edgar and Adrian Gonzalez, Luke Gregorson, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Cla Meredith, Edward Mujica, Joe Thatcher, Tony Gwynn and Kevin Correia threw out the first pitch to their respective sons before the game in honor of Father’s Day. Then, in the true spirit of baseball fathers everywhere, they all got drunk and paced behind the backstop while angrily yelling at the coach to put their boys in.
Marlins 6, Yankees 5: Sabathia left the game early with tightness in his left bicep. He says it’s not serious, and given that (a) it was 95 degrees and humid; and (b) Sabathia sweats barbecue sauce, you have to figure it was some kind of heat-induced cramping or something. According to the game story Alex Rodriguez — playing in his hometown of Miami — said he reserved about 100 tickets for family and friends. I’m dubious. I read a book last month that said he had no friends, and they couldn’t have printed such a thing if it weren’t true, right? In other news, the Yankees dropped four of six to the Nats and Marlins in the past week, though I suppose if Girardi’s protest succeeds there’s a chance to improve that to three of six (note: protests never, ever succeed).
Rockies 5, Pirates 4: The Rockies begin to rip off another winning streak, winning this one behind Clint Barmes (2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI). All of this winning has them doing things like taking one of their more marketable commodities off the market. I still say it’s ultimately in vain — Colorado will be watching the playoffs on TBS and FOX just like you and me — but in the meantime, mazel tov for the Rockies fans.
White Sox 4, Reds 1: Mark Buehrle just went out and acted all Mark Buehrle-y: seven strong innings, very little b.s. He looked good, but nowhere near as good as the Sox looked on Saturday night in those blue roadies.
Tigers 3, Brewers 2: Justin Verlander likes pitching against Milwaukee. The first time he faced them he threw a no-hitter. The second time — yesterday — he struck out eight and gave up two runs in seven and two-thirds.
Rays 10, Mets 6: Upton, Crawford and Longoria went 11 for 16 with seven RBIs, and the Rays have now won eight of eleven. The Mets, on the other hand, are in a one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of rut, having dropped an awful lot of series lately.
Blue Jays 9, Nationals 4: Someone finally douses the red-hot Nats. Well, relatively speaking anyway. It was Ricky Romero stepping up for Toronto, giving up two over seven innings on a day when the bullpen needed a rest following a couple of extra innings games.
Orioles 2, Phillies 1: Man, has Cole Hamels pitched in some bad luck lately. Last time out he got the no-decision after giving up only two runs in six innings, and yesterday it was two runs in eight innings with ten strikeouts. The Phillies lineup — minus Ryan Howard, who didn’t play for the first time in 343 games because he has some nasty sinus infection — just couldn’t do a thing against Jeremy Guthrie, mustering only four hits on the day. Hamels after the game: “I think the key is we’re in first place. We’re fortunate everyone in the NL East is playing really bad.” Man, the Nats can’t any props even when things are going good for them.
Cubs 6, Indians 2: You know, if Jeremy Sowers could figure out a way to fix that little hitch in his delivery, the only thing keeping him from stardom would be his complete and utter inability to get anyone out.
Astros 4, Twins 1: Despite his teammates’ best efforts to kill him — Darin Erstad lined a ball off Rodriguez’s left side during batting practice on Saturday — Wandy Rodriguez was pretty spectacular yesterday (7 IP, 2H, 1 ER). “We need to keep playing good baseball. That’s the biggest key for us,” manager Cecil Cooper said after the game. Astute observations like that are why Cooper makes the big bucks.
Mariners 3, Diamondbacks 2: The game ended when, with two outs and the score tied, first basemen Tony Clark simply dropped a routine throw from the third baseman, turning what would have been out number three into the game-losing error. I’ve been watching baseball for over 30 years, and I can’t recall ever seeing a game end like that.
Dodgers 5, Angels 3: I can’t tell if Clayton Kershaw is trying to grow mutton chops or if he simply has the most pathetic mustache in the history of baseball. He’s certainly no Bill Hohn, that’s for sure. He can pitch, however, shutting out the Angels over seven innings. Juan Pierre keeps up the good work two, hitting a couple of RBI doubles. At first I thought that Pierre’s 50 games in the sun would allow him to rest contently, knowing that he proved a lot of naysayers wrong about his ability to start on a winning team. Now I’m wondering if he’ll overplay his hand and demand all kinds of playing time based on his track record once Manny returns.
Giants 3, Rangers 2: Barry Zito had a no-hitter going until he gave up a two-run homer to Andruw Jones in the seventh, but an RBI single by Randy Winn in the bottom of the inning preserved the win for Zito and the Giants. Watching Zito face Jones in 2009 has to be a lot like watching Flair face Steamboat in 1995. Something that you would have once paid a lot to see, but now you just hope no one gets too terribly injured.