Stealing Signals: More Bizarro Baseball Season

Marlins 4, Diamondbacks 0 – I called it Bizarro Baseball Season in a Stealing Signals last week, and it seems Sports Illustrated agrees with me.  Florida sweeping Arizona, finishing with a 4-0 shutout on seven strong innings by Andrew Miller, is more evidence of this particular trend.

Red Sox 11, Royals 8 – Grand slams from Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew power Daisuke Matsuzaka to an 8-0 record. Most of the runs came as Kansas City tried to make a comeback in the later innings.

Braves 4, Mets 2 – Tim Hudson only gave up back-to-back homers to Carloses (Carli?) Beltran and Delgado in the 2nd inning, and that was it, as Johan Santana got knocked for a three-run seventh that gave Atlanta the lead and the sweep. The Mets didn’t get a runner past 2nd base the rest of the game.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1 – Guess two outs in the bottom of the ninth is the right time for an argument. Joe Girardi made a nice little spectacle of himself after Jason Giambi was called out on strikes, and then Robinson Cano drives in a walk-off single to score Hideki Matsui.

Pirates 8, Brewers 4 – Here’s how bad Milwaukee is going right now. They got 14 hits and left 14 on base in this loss. That’s an ugly thing.

White Sox 3, Indians 1 – Since that scoreless pitching streak, Cleveland has been in the dumps, and the White Sox took advantage by sweeping them.  Carlos Quentin drove in two (40 RBIs so far this season) and Jermaine Dye drove in the other run in the eighth.

Padres 8, Reds 2 – So that’s where San Diego’s offense is. Khalil Greene hits two homers; Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff each hit a two-run shot. Of course, this is the bandbox better known as the Great American Ballpark, where pitchers go to die. Ken Griffey, Jr. added career homer #598 in the first inning to account for Cincy’s two runs.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 3 – Lyle Overbay goes 2-for-3 with a go-ahead home run, and A.J> Burnett gets back to back wins for the first time this season. The Angels are hitting anemically outside of last Saturday’s blowout of the Dodgers.

Photo: AP/Alan Diaz

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