A sports bar with three games on simultaneously, five hours in one chair, Firestone beer, and the Starter Wife’s company. Vacation is off to a rousing start.
Giants 3, Nats 2 – The thrills didn’t come from Bonds, but from a late comeback by the Giants, down a run in the 10th after Dmitri Young went deep. Randy Winn’s 4th hit in the 11th inning past Ronnie Belliard sealed the game-winner.
A’s 9, Rangers 7 – This one took 13 frames, as Oakland let the Rangers back in after building a 7-0 lead with Marco Scutaro’s grand slam. Mike Piazza and Mark Ellis drove in two runs in the top of the 13th to get the lead for good.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2 – I’m not sure I can live in a baseball world where Maicer Izturis is regularly hitting home runs. I just don’t think I can deal with that.
Cardinals 10, Padres 5 – David Wells fell apart in the fifth inning, coughing up a 3-0 lead on six straight singles, and getting chased out after Scott Rolen hit a 3-run jack. Braden Looper helps his own cause with two hits, and joins Adam Wainwright as the only other Cards starter with a .500 or better record.
Indians 4, Twins 0 – Paul Byrd is a machine. It took him 99 pitches to get 27 outs.
Astros 2, Cubs 1 – Not exactly the way Lou Piniella would like the team to respond with Alfonso Soriano out of commission for a bit, leaving a runner stranded on third in the top of the 10th. Eric Munson drove in the game winning run with a single in the bottom of the inning.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4 – It took Andy Pettitte this long to get a win in consecutive starts? Really? That’s how up and down the Yankees have been this year. Most of the game consisted of snippy play after A-Rod had a ball thrown behind him.
Rockies 6, Brewers 2 – Solo homers from Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun were all the Brewers could muster, and that wasn’t nearly enough to get close to the Rockies, as Brad Hawpe happened to have two men on base when his ball left Coors Field.
Tigers 6, Devil Rays 4 – A four-run seventh propels Detroit to a badly needed win, as Sean Casey goes deep after Ryan Rayburn breaks a tie in the inning with an RBI single.
(Photo: AP/Ben Margot)