Thursday, April 14, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/14/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Rusty Greer.

Yankees 6, Orioles 4. Alan James Burnett moved to 3-0 with a solid outing against the now-tied for first place Orioles. Burnett gave up a pair of two-run home runs in the seventh, but it overshadowed an overall-solid performance: 6 1/3 IP, 5 K. Alex Rodriguez hit a 3-run shot in the first and Jorge Posada hit a solo in the fifth, the fourth tater of the season for each. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman smelled like Steve Balboni's tube socks after a doubleheader (1 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER).

Marlins 5, Braves 1
. Josh Johnson, not to be confused with Jack Johnson, or Joe Johnson, or Jake Jackson, or Jesper Jensen, had a no-hitter broken up with one out in the eighth by Freddie Freeman, who blooped a double to left field. It's the second time the Marlins' ace has had a no-no broken up. On opening day he blanked the Mets for six innings until recent Sombreroist Willie Harris doubled. It wouldn't have mattered anyway because in the new rule book, no-hitters against the Mets are actually recorded as four-hitters. Johnson still tossed 7 1/3, one-hit innings and struck out nine Wednesday, and Chris Coghlan had three hits and a pair of RBIs. The welcome home that was scheduled next week at the Miami airport for Johnson was canceled due to lack of care, and poster board.

Brewers 6, Pirates 0. John Bowker: DNP

Tigers 3, Rangers 2. Detroit did it again, beating Texas in its last at bat for the second consecutive day. This time it was Brandon Inge, who took the first pitch he saw from 67-year old Darren Oliver and ripped a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.

Royals 10, Twins 5. It's only April 14, but KC is three games better than the two-time defending Central champions. Minny starter Francisco Liriano did a little bit of everything Wednesday and everything was terrible as he allowed seven earned runs and eight hits in five innings. In the Royals' six-run fourth, Liriano gave up six consecutive hits, including back-to-back hits to Jeff Francoeur and Wilson Betemit, which is a $75 fine in the Netherlands.

Padres 3, Reds 2. Brad Hawpe: 0-for-0, walk.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2. Roy Halladay (CG, 6 H, 2 ER, 9 K) is just better than all of us. It's time we excepted it and moved on to documenting the career of Dave Lapoint for a future biography, which I may or not be doing.

Devilrays at Redsox ppd urine puddles in concourse behind home plate

Other games, but down here....

Athletics 7, Whitesox 4 (10)
Bluejays 8, Mariners 3
Rockies 5, Mets 4
Angels 4, Indians 3 (12)

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