Saturday, July 10, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Mickey Morandini.

Alright baseball fans, shut ins and people who Googled drunk donkey looking for something else entirely, Derwood is prepping for his trip to Anaheim so I'll be your Sherpa though the parks. Derwood hates the All Star Game and the Angels so it's only fitting that he's going to cover it for us. What a jerk. On that note...

Angels 6, A's 5 (10). The Angels got a win after being swept in a 4 game series against the White Sox. Joel Pinero had a quality start pitching 7 inning while allowing 3 runs but then Fernando Rodney happened. In one inning, Rodney gave up 2 runs on 3 hits doing his best Brian Fuentes impersonation. Luckily the Angels were able to count on the power source known as Erick Aybar and he hit his 3rd home run of the season in the 10th to get the Angels the W.

Phillies 9, Reds 7 (10). Rookie Red pitcher Mike Leake was cruising into the 9th with a 7-1 lead. But no lead is safe when your opponent has Greg Dobbs and Cody Ransom. The modern day Gehrig-Ruth duo each homered in the 9th to help the Phils tie it at 7. For those keeping score at home, that's Dobbs' 3rd of the year and Ransom's 1st. Ryan Howard would go on to hit a walk off 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th. Game balls go to Reds' relievers Fransisco Cordero and Arthur Rhodes. They combined for 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs.

O's 7, Rangers 6 (10). The Rangers won the Cliff Lee sweepstakes and then lost to the Orioles. Talk about two ends of the spectrum. The Rangers had a 6-2 lead going into the 9th powered by Vlad Guerrero's 20th homer of the season. *sigh* But no lead is safe when your opponent has Corey Patterson and Jake Fox. Patterson hit a 2-out grand slam off of Neftali Feliz to tie the game at 6 in the 9th. Then Fox hit the go ahead home run in the 10th for the O's win. Baltimore's 2 game winning streak leaves them only 28 games out of first place in the East in early July. Good times.

Brewers 5, Pirates 4 (10). Our final 10 inning game of the night is fairly boring compared to the rest. It included Octavio Dotel blowing a save and a walk off single by Ryan Braun. That's not fun. Where are the game tying and walk off homers by George Kottaras and Joe Inglett?

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