Marlins 5, Orioles 2: Ricky Nolasco has been a completely different pitcher since his little jaunt to New Orleans to get his pyloric valve opened or whatever the hell is was. In his four starts since his return, he’s given up two earned runs, two earned runs, one earned run and last night zero earned runs. Good thing too, for if he did not find a job, he no doubt would have been arrested for vagrancy.
White Sox 10, Dodgers 7: Randy Wolf had nada and Cory Wade’s “relief” pitching was anything but. By the time they were done it was a 9-3 game that was for all practical purpose over. But this loss is morally justified. I mean, how dare the Dodgers be allowed to play when Manny Ramirez should be suspended? It’s a slap in the face, that’s what it is. If a kid gets suspended from school, do they not burn the building down as a lesson to others? If a soldier is caught hording rations, do the generals not summarily execute the whole platoon? I know it’s in the rules that the Dodgers still get to play ballgames, but it shouldn’t be. They should all have their contracts voided and be forced to sell linoleum at Color Tile or something. Won’t someone think of the children?
Mets 11, Cardinals 0: Let me get this straight: David Wright — the guy who went 4 for 4 last night and is sitting at .356/.444/.510 is a guy Mets’ fans have been complaining about for a good portion of the season? I’ll never understand New York baseball. Cardinals pitchers, by the way, combined to strike out exactly zero Mets.
Rays 7, Phillies 1: Pat Burrell’s two-run homer in the second proved to be all of the offense the Rays needed, but he picked up an another RBI anyway. I’m not sure what Phillies’ fans think of that, but I’d kind of like to think that they’re happy that Matt Stairs is getting some playing time now, which he wouldn’t be if Burrell had hung around. Who doesn’t root for Matt Stairs?
Pirates 10, Indians 6: Workers on the “Carl Pavano for Comeback Player of the Year” campaign feel today how the folks at the McCain campaign felt the day after the Katie Couric-Sarah Palin interviews aired.
Blue Jays 8, Reds 2: Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Vernon Wells all homered off of Bronson Arroyo in the first and Scott Richmond pitched seven strong innings in what was never really a contest.
Red Sox 6, Nationals 4: Papi went 2-3 with a homer and 3 RBI — including the 1000th of his career — as the Red Sox take the second game in this home-away-from-home series (41,000+ once again, and most of ‘em weren’t Nats’ fans). Red Sox’ hitting coach Dave Magadan was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. How does that even happen? If you’re Francona, don’t you tell Magadan to sit down and shut up? Or was it one of those deals where Magadan just called the ump that name you’re not allowed to call umps from the dugout?
Brewers 4, Twins 3: Great moments in defensive decision-making: The Twins are ahead 3-2 in the eighth when J.J. Hardy singles and Jason Kendall hits a double scoring Hardy. Except the relay throw skipped by Joe Mauer, so Kendall went to third. Nick Blackburn was backing up Mauer, and rather than just eat the ball and face the pitcher’s slot in the order, whips the ball back towards third to try and get the advancing Kendall. Ball goes wide, Kendall goes home, and that’s basically the ballgame.
Tigers 5, Cubs 3: That’s six straight for Detroit, as they extend their lead to five games over the Twins. Contrary to what I said yesterday, Magglio Ordonez did get the start, and before the game he pulled a Vlad, cutting off his hair. Result: 2-4. Screw science, I say causation, not mere correlation.
Yankees 8, Braves 4: Things were going smoothly for Atlanta until Kawakami was nailed on a comebacker off the bat of Joba Chamberlain. I missed it — I was reading “Tip-Tip, Dig-Dig” to ShysterBoy at the time — and I’m kind of glad I did. He was hit on the base of the neck, which as recent history has shown, is a pretty dangerous place to be hit. Jeff Francoeur hit a homer for the Braves, but don’t worry, he still sucks.
Royals 4, Astros 3: Miguel Olivo may be on pace for 168 strikeouts against six walks, but he hits a homer once in a while too, and the one he hit in the 11th inning last night won the game.
Rangers 2, Diamondbacks 1: Danny Haren can’t buy a break, as he once again pitches well with little run support. The Rangers snap their losing streak at five and remain in first place by the skin of their teeth.
Mariners 4, Padres 3: Brandon Morrow the starter had his longest and best go of it yet (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4K). Yuniesky Betancourt injured his hamstring and will be out for a while. The game story casts this a negative. I have this feeling some Mariners fans may not feel quite the same way.
Giants 6, A’s 3: The Unit, who gave up one run on six hits, struck out six and walked one in seven innings, looks pretty good sandwiched in between Lincecum and Cain these days. I don’t know that the Giants have enough offense to get there, but they could be a dangerous team to face in a short series should they snag the Wild Card.
Angels 11, Rockies 3: Just yesterday, Rob Neyer said that Jason Marquis was about to turn into a pumpkin due to his poor strikeout rate. Looks like it’s midnight (3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R). Yeah, he struck out four in those 3.1 innings, but it’s probably because the Angels were coming out of the shoes to swing at that hittable stuff. Vald-the-bald, by the way: 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI. Let’s hear it for short hair!