Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Marty Barrett, who scored the winning run in the longest baseball game in history: a 33-inning affair between the Pawtucket Redsox and the Rochester Red Wings.
A number of teams had trouble finishing in nine innings today. Five games went to extra innings, the most extra-inning games in a single day since April 14, 2009 when there were also five.
Reds 5, Nationals 4 (10). Cincy trailed 2-1 before rallying for three in the ninth against Tyler Clippard (Jonny Gomes double, Scott Rolen two-run home run). Washington tied it back up in the bottom half on Mike Morse's two-run, two-out double, but the Reds got a Drew Stubbs single to spoil Luis Atilano bobblehead day (rumor).
Orioles 4, Redsox 3 (11). Juan Samuel is Baltimore's greatest post-Davey Johnson manager. How he got that team to be just one game under .500 in his first three games I'll never know.
Padres 6, Phillies 5 (10). The Pads wasted an outstanding performance by starter Kevin Correia (1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB), but still managed to win it in the 10th on Oscar Salazar's pinch-hit single.
Giants 6, Pirates 5 (10). Freddy Sanchez burned his former team with a sacrifice fly in the 10th for the win. The former batting champion has been fantastic in just under 80 plate appearances, hitting over .370 with an OBP in the mid-400s. When reached for comment, a Pirates fan had this to say:
Dodgers 5, Braves 4 (11). A.J. Ellis got the seventh hit of his career off Jesse Chavez and LA split the four-game series. Dodgers manager Joe Torre went ahead of Bobby Cox, 70-69 in their head-to-head meetings. Torre is 8-2 against Cox in the World Series (unnecessary Yankees World Series mention).
UPDATE - 11:22 p.m.
Make it six. The Cardinals and Brewers have gone to extra innings. We'll have another update shortly.
UPDATE - 11:46 p.m.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3 (10). Corey Hart's sacrifice fly, (not his third strikeout, breaking MTD's heart), wins it for Milwaukee. This is the first day with six extra inning games since August 24, 2008.