Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Todd Benzinger

Reds 7, Phillies 3. The last time Johnny Cueto faced the Phillies-July 6, 2009-he allowed nine earned runs and didn't get out of the first inning as the Phillies handed Cincy the worst loss in franchise history, 22-1. That's SimplySuperIrabuian. Monday's rematch went a bit better. Cueto gave up a run in eight innings and Scott Rolen hit his 300th career home run for the Reds, who are in first place this late in the season for the first time since 1999. To illustrate how long ago that was, I give you a few notes about the '99 Reds:

* The four pitchers who made the most starts for Cincinnati in 1999 were Pete Harnisch, Brett Tomko, Ron Villone and Steve Parris.
* The catcher during most of those starts: Edward Kenneth Taubensee
* Also prominently involved: Juan Guzman, Steve Avery, Stan Belinda, Jeffrey Hammonds

Marlins 10, Mets 3. I didn't think I'd be typing this on June 29, but for Anthony Young's sake, someone finally beat R.A. Dickey.

Indians 2, Bluejays 1
Pirates 2, Cubs 1

This was the first time since June 5 both the Indians and Pirates won on the same day. In Cleveland, Jake Westbrook gave up a run in six innings, while the appendage formerly known as Kerry Wood's arm saved a game for the second consecutive night. Meanwhile, the Bucs snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Chicago for the eighth time in 10 tries this season. If Pittsburgh could schedule Chicago 162 times a year....people would stop going to Wrigley Field.

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