Sunday, July 18, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Kal Daniels




Pirates 9, Astros 0. We didn't need Ernie the Intern Hippo to search the CFJ archives and see if this would be Paul Maholm's first time making the roundup. It's like when I was a kid and I hadn't yet tried salami. Finally, on a hot summer day I got to taste the goodness and later in the evening I three-hit the Astros. In RBI Baseball. Sunday, Maholm had his salami, pitching a complete game, three-hitter to lead the Bucs to that magical 32-win plateau. The southpaw seems to have shaken the stench of his start against the Phillies July 3 (3 IP, 7 ER), throwing Sunday's shutout after allowing two earned in seven against the Brewers July 9.

Indians 7, Tigers 2. We're back to daily Indians recaps until they lose. Jeanmar Gomez, who struggled for Triple A Columbus but didn't allow an earned run in a seven-inning, big league debut, helped the Tribe sweep a four-game series. Luis Valbuena: DNP.

Mets 4, Giants 3 (10). New York closer Francisco Rodriguez blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but Ike Davis doubled off Brian Wilson in the top of the tenth for the winning run. Rodriguez: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, WIN!

Bluejays 10, Orioles 1. Yunel Escobar has enjoyed his short stay in Toronto. After a trade brought him from Atlanta, Escobar is 6-for-13 (.462) in three games and Sunday hit his first career grand slam. Baltimore has scored 16 runs in nine games (all losses) against Toronto this season.

Mariners 2, Angels 1 (10). I thought Jim Riggleman was managing in Washington now, just what in the name of Don Slaught is Jose Lopez, and his .345 slugging percentage, doing batting clean up? It worked Sunday as Lopez delivered a go-ahead single in the 10th to give Seattle its first win in its last nine games against Anaheim. Seattle Mariners Horrifying Statistic of the Day: Part-time player Ryan Langerhans has a higher OPS+ (120) than every single regular position player.

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