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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Mel Hall











Rays 6, Indians 3. It's strange saying a team finally won in Cleveland and that team isn't Baltimore or the Vanderells Bakery 30-over softball team. But Tampa had lost 18 straight at Jacobs Field until Saturday's win. David Price shook off Shelley Duncan Fever (two-run HR in 2nd) to pitch seven innings of three-run ball.

Braves 10, Marlins 5. In honor of Andre Dawson's HOF induction, we present today's Symbols of Mediocrity: the Florida bullpen and Jorge Cantu. After a combined seven innings of two-run ball from the Sanchez(s)'s, Anibal and Brian, Atlanta scored eight runs in the eighth inning, leaving 143 people at the stadium just devastated. Taylor Tankersley refused to get anyone out, loading the bases on a single, hit batsman and Cantu's first error of the inning. Jhan Marinez said anything Taylor Tankersley can do, I can do smellier, as the right-hander walked in a run and gave up a two-run single. Burke Badenhop actually got an out, but Cantu made another error, setting up Brooks Conrad's second pinch-hit grand slam of the season. We have an update on that initial report of fan devastation: the number was 138.

Dodgers 3, Mets 2 (13). Oliver Perez can't do anything right, can he? The lefty served up James Loney's solo home run in the bottom of the 13th inning that made dozens of Dodgers fans say "Damn, if we hadn't left in the seventh inning, we could be saying right now, 'damn, I wish we hadn't left in the 10th inning.'"

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