Thursday, June 10, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Ozzie Virgil

Nationals 7, Pirates 5
. A day after a sellout crowd watched Strasburg dominate, just 18,876 came out for Brad Lincoln's debut. Good thing, because the No. 4 overall pick in 2006 wasn't very good Wednesday. He allowed five earned runs in six innings, while the Nats pen allowed four base runners in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Jim Riggleman keeps his condo for at least one more day.

Rangers 12, Mariners 2. MTD and I had a long Vlad Guerrero-is-a-first-ballot-Hall-of-Famer discussion Wednesday, but what we didn't discuss was Ian Snell's candidacy. Quick prediction of our probable Thursday Snell-for-HOF conversation: it isn't likely. While Vlad was busy going 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, Snell was busy putting together his worst start since last August 13: 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, and the Mariners remained absolutely horrible for the 47th consecutive season.

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 1. Gerardo Parra must've read Jobu June 1, because he hit and two-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning to lead the Flying Parras to at least a split of a four-game series with Atlanta. True, Nate Mclouth fell down in what looked to be excruciating pain after colliding with Jason Heyward on Parra's fly ball, but any hit counts when you have a .278 on-base percentage. Parra, not Mclouth (.299 OBP).

Indians 11, Redsox 0. The Tribe got their first good news since Willie Mays Hayes scored from second on Jake Taylor's bunt as former Boston pitcher Justin Masterson pitched a two-hit shut out. Travis Hafner blasted a grand slam in an eight-run eighth inning to help Cleveland win for the first time against Boston since May 6 of last year.

Cubs 9, Brewers 4. Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd hit two home runs each and Derrek Lee hit his 300th career home run (126th player to reach that mark) as the Cubbies remained three games ahead of Milwaukee for third place in the race for the team that's going to finish the season third in the NL Central.

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