Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Quilvio Veras
Cubs 6, Pirates 1. Carlos Silva is 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA after Monday's seven inning, four-hit effort. Carlos Silva: 2nd to Ubaldo Jimenez in the 2010 NL Cy Young voting? Maybe. 2010 Pirates: awful? Certainly.
Mariners 4, Rangers 2. This is the kind of game Seattle envisioned happening when they traded for Cliff Lee and signed Chone Figgins. Lee, despite having the middle name of Phifer, pitched a complete game, seven-hitter and threw 83 of his 106 pitches for strikes. Figgins had three hits in the nine-hole protecting the Babe Ruth of Lambrick Park, British Columbia (just coined it), Michael Saunders, whose three-run home run in the second was the difference.
Padres 3, Phillies 1. Cole Hamels had a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings of a scoreless game until Adrian Gonzalez poked an opposite field home run. Scott Hairston followed with a his own Citizens Bank Park Special (hit the ball in the air, wait for it to travel over the outfield wall) and that was enough because Philly's offense was kidnapped by the surviving members of the 1951 Cincinnati Reds.
Diamondbacks 7, Braves 4. Derrick Lowe was locked in a 2-1 game until the bottom of the fifth happened. Mark Reynolds looked initially like he'd been jammed, but ended up launching a solo home run. After a single, three walks and another infield single made it 4-1, Stephen Drew, who looks just as interested in playing baseball as his brother, J.D., roped a three-run triple to put the game out of reach. Arizona remained 7 1/2 back of Colorado for fourth place in the NL West.
Angels 4, Athletics 2. Scott Kazmir allowed two or less earned runs for just the fourth time in 11 starts, but this was probably his best start of the year (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K) and the Angels won their sixth straight to gain sole possession of first place in the putrid AL West. Oh, I'm sorry, the competitive AL West.