Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Wayne Tolleson
Pirates 3, Cubs 2. All the Pirates do is beat the Cubs. Native Pittsburghian Neil Walker's two-run home run off Theodore Lilly in the eighth was the difference. Meanwhile the Cubs got a single from Xavier Nady in the seventh, then the vaunted trio of Javier Lopez, Joel Hanranhan and Octavio Dotel retired the final seven in order. They're already calling them JavHanTel at PNC Park.
Rangers 9, Whitesox 6. Another scoreless outing with two strikeouts for Darren Oliver, who at 72-years old is having the best season of his career.
Darren Oliver Fact of the Day
Oliver signed with Arizona on April 12, 2005, was released by the Diamondbacks, May 3, signed with the Cubs on May 7 and released on May 20. That's like in 1995 when I worked three days at Wendys, quit because I saw a guy pick a piece of meat off his shirt and toss it into the chili, started working at the Italian restaurant the next day, but Mr. Anotelli was always yelling at me, so after my second day, I quit.
Astros 8, Nationals 7. If I know Jim Riggleman, and I like to think that I do, this should be the start of a long losing streak for the Nationals.
Braves 7, Phillies 3. Are the Braves the best team in the National League? Certainly seems that way, and it's painful to say that because I don't want anything good to happen to Chip Caray.