Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Billy Jo Robidoux
Pirates 2, Cubs 1. The first of an estimated four mentions of the Buccos here at CFJ over the course of the next four months. Pittsburgh beat Chicago for the eighth time in the last nine meetings, dating back to last September. The last time the Cubs beat Pittsburgh, Sam Fuld doubled off Eric Hacker in an at bat the Fuld and Hacker families still talk about.
Rockies 4, Giants 0. Ubaldo Jimenez-CG, 4 H, 9 K-has allowed seven earned runs this season. Somewhere, Dave LaPoint is sanding his deck.
Nationals 14, Astros 4. A team managed by Jim Riggleman is 26-26 and 3 1/2 games out of first.
Bluejays 3, Devilrays 2. Is there a stat more ridiculous than the hold? You know what a hold is? A save, but smellier. Scott Downs came on in the 8th with Toronto up 3-0. He struck out Gabe Kapler, but allowed a triple to B.J. Upton, who scored on a Willy Aybar ground out after Shawn Camp relieved Downs. That's one out recorded, one triple scalded, and two runs scored-one his own, which = 13th hold of the year for Downs.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4. The Diamondbacks not only employ Gerardo Parra, but have allowed him to bat 94 times, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that LA won when Esmerling Vazquez balked home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Good news for Vazquez, though: he's only the 14th-worst pitcher to toe the rubber for Arizona in 2010.