Curveballs for Jobu is Off Base Percentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy is Shane Mack
Yankees 10, Angels 6. Joel Piniero and Scot Shields pulled off a nearly-flawless Shawn Boskie and Joe Grahe impersonation Wednesday, allowing a combined 10 earned runs in seven horrifying innings. The Yankees led just 7-5 when Brett Gardner was ejected in the middle of his seven-inning at bat. Then Colin Curtis happened. The rook inherited Gardner's 0-2 hole, ran the count full and hit a three-run home run into the first row of right field seats. Shields, who also allowed Juan Miranda's solo home run, after the game: "I used to be a good pitcher, but now I'm a disgrace to all people missing a T in their first name. I'm just going to go back to the hotel and have an ice cube fight with myself." I may have made up that last quote.
Pirates 15, Brewers 3. Here in the Jobu Clubhouse, we'd like to be honest and straight forward with our readers: how bad are the flurkin' Brewers? A day after allowing Pittsburgh to take a 9-0 lead in the first inning of an 11-9 win, Milwaukee let rookie Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs for the second consecutive night, while making Delwyn Young look like a major league hitter (3-for-4, HR, 5 RBIs) for the first consecutive night. Brewers starter Randy Wolf wins the coveted Offbase Stench of the Night after his 5 2/3 inning, 13-hit, 12-run gem.
Nationals 8, Reds 5. Yeah, Stephen Strasburg won again, pitched 5 2/3 innings striking out seven. But could he figure out Miguel Cairo? Certainly not. Against Strasburg, Cairo walked and had two singles, the last of which drove in a pair of runs in the sixth and severely damaged Strasburg's chances of getting out Miguel Cairo in 2010 or ever again.
Rockies at Marlins, 12:10 p.m., NL Cy Young front-runner Josh Johnson pitching for Florida. Estimated attendance: 419.