Padres 8, Mets 6 – It may only seem like the Mets have the worst bullpen in baseball. It’s probably not actually true in terms of pure stats, but having to potentially add Billy Wagner to the list of names to dread when hearing about them warming up in the bullpen is not fun. Wagner coughed up a 3-run jack to pinch hitter Tony Clark in the bottom of the eighth to blow an attempted four-out save.
Cubs 3, Dodgers 1 – The Dodgers continue their trend of offensive ineptitude (save yesterday’s odd explosion against Carlos Zambrano), and seem to be fixated on the day Rafael Furcal comes back from the DL. Well, they are in the NL West, where damn near every other team has started to underachieve (or in the case of the Giants, continued to.) Mark DeRosa goes 3-for-4 including a first-inning home run.
White Sox 12, Twins 2 – Nick Swisher gets the big three-run jack, Joe Crede goes 2-4 in the game (10-15 in the last few), and Paul Konerko’s bat is starting to wake up a bit. Ozzie’s tirades must work.
A’s 7, Angels 3 – Mark Ellis gets the walk-off grand-slam fun in the 12th inning to avoid a sweep by the Halos, who go 5-1 on the road trip.
Phillies 6, Braves 3 – You know, I do understand the thought process of walking the sacks full: walk Chase Utley to set up a possible double play with Ryan Howard. But the guy busted off two doubles previously in the game to left or left-center, and he does it yet again with the bases loaded in a tie game in the ninth. It may have been the smart move at the time, but still…
Red Sox 2, Mariners 1 – Jason Masterson gives up one run on six innings of work and J.D. Drew is helping out with a go-ahead homer in David Ortiz’s absence. Meanwhile, everything continues to go wrong in Seattle when Erik Bedard can only go five innings.
Giants 6, Nats 3 – Barry Zito gets win #2 on the season, but since it’s against Washington, I’m not sure it should actually count.
Cardinals 5, Astros 4 – Seriously, I’d thought we’d given up on the concept of the Cardinals contending this year. Guess they haven’t, which is good. Brendan Ryan’s two-run single caps an error-filled seventh inning comeback.
Yankees 6, Royals 3 – Joba Chamberlain goes 4.1 in his second Yankee start, and the bullpen holds up for the rest of it against a Royals team falling back to earth (more like crashing, losing 17 out of their last 20.)
Rangers 6, Rays 3 – Notable for the pure Bull Durham moment between Rays starter Matt Garza and catcher Dioner Navarro: Garza coughed up a two-run homer to German Duran after shaking Navarro off twice. Navarro then got in his face on the mound and the two had to settle some differences in the clubhouse in a similar fashion to Carlos Zambrano and Michael Barrett last year. Oh yeah, and Texas won with Josh Hamilton out of the line-up. Apparently Milton Bradley is having a sneaky good season in Texas; he’s getting on base all the damn time.
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