Monday, July 5, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy: Candy Maldanado

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1. Reason No. 463 why the All Star Game is silly: Hong-Chih Kuo isn't on this year's NL team. Kuo struck out six of the seven batters he faced in two scoreless innings Sunday, moving his season totals to a 1.03 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP in 26 1/3 IP. After smelling like old cheese for nearly a month, Matt Kemp seems to be coming alive of late. The CF, 9-for-22 (.409) with 3 HR and 7 RBIs in his last five games, hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth off Aaron Heilman, and the AZ bullpen finally had a bad night.

Orioles 6, Redsox 1. Brian Matusz somehow held Boston to a pair of hits in seven shutout innings. Rhyne Hughes: DNP.

Rockies 4, Giants 3 (15). San Francisco used nine pitchers Sunday and only one of them stunk. Unfortunately, it was the last pitcher. Guillermo Mota pitched 1 1/3 innings and walked five, two intentional, which led to Todd Helton's walk-off sac fly and Colorado winning the four-game series. Helton was due: he entered the game in the ninth and grounded into a double play to end the 10th and struck out with the bases loaded to end the 13th. That was like the time I entered an adult league baseball game in the 6th, struck out on three pitches, the last of which bounced, then was pinch-hit for in the 8th.

Mariners 8, Tigers 1. Cliff Lee finally had an off night. He struck out 11 and allowed one earned run in eight innings, snapping his complete game streak at three starts. That sound you heard was Jaret Wright's nostrils exploding.

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