Saturday, June 26, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Ricky Jordan

Orioles 7, Nationals 6. I knew this series was going to be special. Baltimore trailed 6-0 after four, but came all the way back to beat its arch rival in a game seen in more than 100 countries. Washington made four errors, the last of which forced home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Soon-to-be-fired Nats manager Jim Riggleman: "It's not football. I can't put a defensive team and an offensive team out there. It's the major leagues and we have to play major league defense." If anyone can put both an offensive and defensive team on the field at different times, it's Riggleman.

Reds 10, Indians 3. Everyone's talking about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter, but did you see Cleveland pitchers Aaron Laffey and Joe Smith combined to throw a 10-hitter? No? Well, did you see Teen Wolf Too? Outstanding film.

Athletics 14, Pirates 4. I'm completely out of Pittsburgh Pirates' jokes. Oakland starter Ben Sheets, who struck out nine in six innings and got the win, said Coco Crisp (3-for-5 in his third game back from the disabled list) gives the A's a "true leadoff hitter". I'm sorry, sir, that's incorrect. Crisp, career .331 on-base percentage and an average of 28 walks per season, gives you a person to bat in the leadoff spot. He gives you a true second ninth hitter.

Rockies 4, Angels 3 (11). Anaheim spoiled a great outing by Jered Weaver-7 IP, 2 ER, 11 K-and Colorado won on Robb Quinlan Bobblehead Night.

Astros 7, Rangers 4. How to stop your opponent's 11-game winning streak: you hand Brian Moehler the ball, sit back and watch the magic unfold. Moehler allowed two earned runs in five innings as Houston finally avenged its June 25, 2008 loss to Texas.

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