Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy: Sixto Lezcano
Braves 4, Tigers 3. The win is a silly stat, but it's still tough to see a starter without one on June 26. Unless it's Kevin Brown or Jeff Weaver. Or Carl Pavano, Kenny Rogers or Hideki Irabu. Or Greg Cadaret.
Kenshin Kawakami had gone 14 starts without a win and looked like he was headed for an 0-10 start before Chipper Jones' three-run home run in the seventh finally made a winner out of the Japanese right-hander. Adam Everett: DNP.
Padres 2, Marlins 1. Josh Johnson deserved better after an eight-inning, nine-strikeout effort, but an Adrian Gonzalez double and a Jon Garland sacrifice fly were enough to quiet the crowd of 340 at Marlins Stadium. Garland was effective on the mound too, tossing 6 2/3 of one-run ball. Show someone your arm pit if you thought at the end of June San Diego would be fourteen games over .500 and leading the West by 3 1/2 games.
Mariners 5, Brewers 4. Brian Sweeney, who pitched 80 forgettable innings for Seattle and San Diego from 2003-2006, then had three more miserable years for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, returned to the majors today and was outstanding. After starter Doug Fister pulled a BrianSweeneyInJapan (4 IP, 4 ER), Sweeney threw four shutout innings and allowed just a single for his first win since he beat Glendon Rusch and the Cubs in that epic, May 12, 2006 game.
"I remember that game in 2006. The 'Glendon Rusch Game' we called it."
Bluejays 5, Phillies 1. Juan Castro: 0-for-3.