Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Jayhawk Owens

Dodgers 12, Reds 0. Cincy starter Aaron Harang did a little bit of everything Tuesday and everything was horrible. He allowed five earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. After a rain delay, Harang didn't return and the Reds' bullpen was dreadful. Logan Ondrusek pitched 2/3 of an inning of three-hit ball, continuing the miserable start to his rookie year (13 1/3 IP, 1.95 WHIP, 8.10 ERA) and Micah Owings kept it real with a 1 1/3 inning, five-earned run outing. LA, coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Angels, tied a season-high with 19 hits and have scored 40 runs in four games (2-2 record) at Great American Ballpark in 2010. Words used in this recap: horrible, dreadful, miserable, Micah.

Rangers 3, Marlins 2. Matt Treanor beat his former team with a go-ahead, two-run triple in the ninth and Texas won its third straight. Since being swept by the Twins May 28-30, the Rangers have been enjoying June, going 10-4 and turning a half-game deficit in the West to a two-game lead. After two more with Florida, Texas gets six against Houston and three against Pittsburgh, or as we like to call it at Offbase, Panhandler's Row.

Royals 15, Astros 7. Felipe Paulino grew up a Royals fan, had a Terry Shumpert poster on his bedroom wall and always wanted to play for KC, so Tuesday's start-8 ER in 4 2/3 IP-was a disappointment for the right-hander. I made all that up, except the part about disappointment and Paulino being right-handed.

Athletics 9, Cubs 5. It hasn't been a great stretch of games for Derrek Lee. He's 4-for-33 in his last eight games and Tuesday the Chicago first baseman made two errors in a four-run Oakland fourth. I guess for position players that would be Simply Espinozian. Kevin Kouzmanoff is having a lot of fun in June. He ended May with a slash line of .244/.284/.335, but it's been a different story this month. His three hits Tuesday extended his hitting streak to 15 games and during the streak the Kouzer is 27-for-59 (.458).

Orioles 4, Giants 1. O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! O's win! I wrote that 18 times, one for each of Baltimore's victories in this magical season. We do have a bright spot: rookie Jake Arrieta has won his first two starts after seven innings of three-hit ball.

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