Friday, June 4, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy: Lenn Sakata

Tigers 12, Indians 6. Russell Branyan hit a one-out single into center field in the second inning, though replays showed it was clearly a ground out to second base, and Rick Porcello lost his perfect game.

Astros 6, Nationals 4. Cristian Guzman made three errors, the last of which came after he was moved from shortstop to right field (Riggleman'd) and helped Houston tie the game in the ninth. A batter later, Carlos Lee ripped a two-run home run, handing Washington its third consecutive loss. We predicted this would happen.

Mariners 4, Twins 1. King Felix allowed Justin Morneau's RBI-single in the first and nothing else, going eight in a nine-strikeout victory. The M's ran a lot on blog enemy Carl Pavano and Joe Mauer, picking up five stolen bases, three by Suzuki, Ichiro.

Athletics 9, Redsox 8. Tim Wakefield in his last two starts against Kansas City and Oakland: 9 2/3 IP, 20 H, 15 ER. Simply Irabuian.

Angels 5, Royals 4. Anaheim got back to .500 with the win, but Brian Fuentes almost let it get away. The Angels closer gave up a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Willie Bloomquist (OPS+ of 54 before Thursday's game), walked two, and nearly allowed another home run to Yuniesky Betancourt before finally getting the save. Zack Grienke (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER) has allowed four or more runs in four of his six home starts, and 11 runs total in his six road starts. I don't think he would have this problem if KC ownership would use my suggestion and instead of water, fill the outfield fountains with mustard.

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