Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Craig Worthington

Phillies 9, Reds 6 (10). Arthur Rhodes isn't a man assembled from the parts of Jesse Orosco and John Franco after all. He's a real, human boy with feelings. Rhodes finally gave up a run, his first allowed since April 10 (a ML record-tying 33 appearances), when Raul Ibanez doubled in the 10th. Cincy had tied it on Joey Votto's two-out, three-run home run off Brad Lidge in the ninth. Bad news for the Phils: not only did they put MTD's boyfriend Chase Utley and 3B Placido Polanco on the disabled list, but starting in their place Tuesday was Wilson Valdez (65 OPS+) and Greg Dobbs (24).

Indians 5, Bluejays 4. In the words of Lou Brown in a sequel that should never have been made: "that's called a winning streak." The Tribe won their third consecutive game, just the fourth time they've won that many in a row, thanks to Fausto Carmona (6 1/3 IP, 3 ER), who is probably going to win the FOY award (Fausto of the Year) again this season.

Rockies 6, Padres 3. Third-place Colorado is hanging around in the West and now has a chance to sweep the first-place Pads after Clint Barmes hit a bomb and drove in four Tuesday. Barmes after the win: "These are big games for us. It doesn't matter where it's at in the season at this point, every win's big. I think we've shown that in the last few years." The Colorado Rockies: showing people that no matter what part of the season, every win is big.

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