Thursday, July 1, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Jamie Quirk

Astros 5, Brewers 1. The last time Wandy Rodriguez faced Milwaukee he allowed 10 earned runs in four innings last August 14. So, basically blog enemy Carl Pavano's 2007 season. Rodriguez had no such Irabu this time around, pitching seven solid innings and adding a squeeze bunt RBI in the sixth.

Rays 9, Redsox 4. I'll tell you who had a great night on the mound: Manny Delcarmen. Trailing 3-1 in the eighth, Delcarmen threw 14 pitches, allowed four hits, five earned runs and walked a batter. That, my friends, is how you bridge the gap to Ramon Ramirez.

Indians 3, Bluejays 1. The Tribe will be a part of Jobu every day until they lose. Wednesday's win was Cleveland's fourth in a row as The Aaron Laffey is a Starting Pitcher in the Major Leagues Experiment finally provided some encouraging data. Laffey, who allowed 11 earned runs in 5 1/3 IP in his only two starts of the season, pitched six innings and won for the first time since last August.

Royals 7, Whitesox 6. They may have to send the rubber-padded truck and get me into the jacket without the sleeves for saying this, but the Kansas City Royals aren't that bad. KC won for the fifth time in seven games, opening up a tight game with a four-run seventh, three off Tony Pena, the crew's pick to click. Zack Greinke allowed six earned runs, but his eight innings marked the 14th time in 17 starts he's gone at least six.

Mets 6, Marlins 5. All that matters is that Bernie Williams played both the U.S. and Puerto Rican anthems on electric guitar before the game.

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