Indians 6, Blue Jays 1: This game freaked me out in that the score went final before 2:30 yesterday afternoon. There’s almost something unnatural about a game being over that early in the day. I’d love to live on the west coast, but having baseball be over before noon out there would totally wig me out. Anyway: I’m going to resist the urge to use the word “masterful” to describe Justin Masterson’s start because I bet he’s got that since he was in little league. Oh, wait, I did it anyway, didn’t I? 8.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER. And Matt LaPorta homered for his third straight game, which just goes to show you that some quality time in Columbus, Ohio is good for the body and soul.
Angels 2, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver pitches two-hit, shutout ball over seven to give the Angels a series win over the Rangers. It’s the Rangers’ first series loss in nearly a month.
Yankees 4, Mariners 2: A-Rod hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning. Remember back when he wasn’t clutch? Nah, me neither.
Reds 3, Cubs 2: The AP game story goes several paragraphs talking about Dusty Baker’s history in Chicago rather than talk about the actual game. Annoying, but worth it for this line from Dusty: “I was here four out of the 100 years. Most people act like I was here the whole hundred.” As for the game, Travis Wood makes his major league debut for Cincy and it was a good one: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER. The scoring ended on a fielder’s choice in the 10th and that’s kind of boring so maybe it’s OK that the game story guy spent so much time talking about Baker and Chicago.
Astros 6, Padres 3: Luke Gregerson couldn’t find the zone in the tenth inning, walking two guys with two outs and then allowing a triple to Michael Bourn. The Astros have won six of nine games.
Rockies 7, Giants 3: The good news: the Giants actually scored more than two runs for the first time since last Friday. The bad news: they still lost, which makes it six in a row. And memo to the AP writer who put the game recap together: you are fined $10 for using the term “danced” to describe Aaron Cook’s sinkerball. If you’d read your style book you’d see that it clearly states that only knuckleballs “dance.” Please make a note of it in the future.
Rays 5, Twins 4: A day after quoting that “the Twins are 38-0 when leading after eight innings” stat they lose a game they were leading after eight innings. George Burns was right: statistics are a horrible bitch goddess.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 1: The Brewers little hot streak continues as they take their eighth win in 11 games. Prince Fielder homered again. He had seven homers at the end of May. Now he has 18.
Pirates 3, Phillies 2; Nationals 2, Mets 1: Can I tell you how satisfying it is for your team to have a night off and having them still gain ground in the division because their opponents lost to a couple of hapless teams?
Athletics 8, Orioles 1: It’s getting to be a stretch to even call the Orioles “hapless” seeing how long it’s been since they had any hap. It’d be like describing city streets as “horseless.” I mean, sure, there ain’t no horses out there anymore, but are we really saying anything meaningful by noting their absence? As for the Athletics, Trevor Cahill wins again after allowing one run over seven innings. Ryan Sweeney and
Chad Cliff Pennington (I have no idea why I wrote Chad) each had four hits. Nice performances, but as I was looking at ESPN.com’s little scores page last night I noticed that, for a while at least, their little “top performers” box to the right of the scores had all three positions filled with Athletics. Typical ESPN East Bay bias.