Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Tanner Boyle
Cubs 3, Mariners 2 (13). Maybe it's the late nights and the cheap beer, but it seems like this series started four months ago. Finally, it ended when Marlon Byrd singled in the 13th, spoiling nine innings of two-run ball from Felix Hernandez. The Cubs avoided the sweep, while afterwards Byrd said that Chicago was about to go on a winning streak. I don't know what he's talking about, the Cubs are already on a winning streak: they've won two consecutive games that went 13 innings, dating back to a win over Houston last July 27.
Rangers 6, Pirates 5. I think the John Russell Countdown to Unemployment can begin, yes? The Buccos have lost 15 of 17 with Thursday's loss coming when the bullpen-namely someone called Evan Meek-couldn't hold a two-run lead in the late innings. Vlad won it with a walk-off single and Texas has won 11 consecutive games and leads the West by 4 1/2 games.
Brewers 5, Twins 0. Yovani Gallardo was perfect through 5 1/3, then Jim Joy...Drew Butera singled in the sixth. Gallardo was still masterful, scattering five hits and walking Nilch in a 12-strike out game as Milwaukee swept the three-game series. Jody Gerut: DNP.
Whitesox 2, Braves 0. I'm still not convinced Atlanta has enough offense to be a playoff team and get past the Division Series round for the first time since 2001. Thursday, they were two-hit by a Gavin and a Putz, before Bobby Jenks' goatee pitched a perfect ninth for Chicago, winners of nine consecutive games.
Redsox 13, Rockies 11 (10). Absolute nonsense in Colorado where everyone stunk except Dustin Pedroia, who hit three home runs, including the game-winner in the 10th, and shrunk two more inches. Jonathan Papelbon's days as the Boston closer appear to be winding down. The 7th-ugliest Boston player blew another save when Colorado scored twice to tie it in the ninth. Daniel Bard is the better option for the ninth, but if Boston wouldn't mind keeping Papelbon as the closer until October 3 (last regular season game against the Yankees), that would be appreciated.