Thursday, August 19, 2010

Curveballs for Jobu

Curveballs for Jobu is Offbasepercentage's daily trip around the ballparks.

Today's honorary bat boy is Tim Hyers and he only had 135 fewer hits than Tony Gwynn in 1994.

It looks like I'll be guiding you through some of yesterday's game because Derwood forgot his dial-up Internet password again. But it's alright kids, we're going to treat this like a pub crawl. Go grab a six pack and we'll chug a beer at each stop.

Red Sox 7, Angels 5. The Angels had the opportunity to get within 7 games of the Rangers and were up thanks to home runs by Mike Napoli and Alberto Callaspo. But then Kevin Jepsen happened. Already in trouble and giving up the tying run, he walked the bases loaded to get to Daniel Nava. With an 0-2 count, Jepsen hit Nava to force home the winning run. Jepsen owes me a new TV and he might as well send me a 4 pack of them if he continues to pitch like that.

Reds 11, Diamondbacks 7. The Diamondbacks had a 7-3 lead going into the 8th inning when Sam Demel and Aaron Heilman took that as a challenge. Demel gave up 4 straight hits and was responsible for 4 runs, 3 earned. Heilman was unimpressed and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits to blow the save and get the loss. The pair of relievers celebrated by shame eating a dozen pizzas.

Mariners 6, Orioles 5. The Buck Showalter express seems to losing a little steam. Matt Tuiasosopo, who I think was a backup quarterback for the Raiders, smacked a 3-run home run in the 3rd for half of the Mariners' runs. Matt Wieters hit his 10th homer of the season. According to my math, Wieters only needs to hit one home run per game for the rest of the season to live up to the hype.

Brewers 3, Cardinals 1. Here's a crazy sentence. Randy Wolf outdueled Adam Wainwright to hand the Cy Young candidate his first home loss at home this season. Someone named Lorenzo Cain hit a double and a triple of off Wainwright and Trevor Hoffman held the fort down striking out the only hitter he faced.

Twins 7, White Sox 6. Joe Mauer hit his first home run at Target Field. His 4-5 night raised his disappointing season's slash line to .335/.407/.496. Francisco Liriano, following in the footsteps of Cliff Lee and Jered Weaver, got blasted over 5 innings to the tune of 6 hits, 4 walks and 5 runs. My imaginary Cy Young ballot looks worse by the start.

Royals 9, Indians 7. The Royals refuse to not strikeout. No Royal struck out in this game giving them a league low 611 for the season. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have struck out 1,113 times this season because that's how they roll.

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