Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 4/20/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Warren Newsom.

Orioles 11, Twins 0. Any time Carl Pavano fails at his job, it is a joyous night at Offbase headquarters. When Pavano fails miserably? That's parade-worthy (hobo Paul, Hiccup the Clown, MTD's pet rabbit Horace, everyone gets involved). The Twins' right-hander didn't get out of the fifth and allowed seven earned runs. Matt Wieters drove in four runs and Brian Roberts and Vlad had three RBIs each as Baltimore snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Brewers 9, Phillies 0. Turns out, Roy Halladay is a real human boy with feelings. Milwaukee touched up Halladay for six earned in 6 2/3 innings, and Randy Wolf tossed six scoreless as the Brewers became the first team to win a series from Philly this season. Yuniesky Betancourt Watch: 2-for-5, average a full seven points above the Betancourt Line at .207.

Angels 15, Rangers 4. In chapter seven of our novel Conversations From Inside the Padded Room, MTD and I were discussing whether 'Trumbo' sounded like a sawed-off trombone or a trumpet that's been glued to a trombone. Either way, Trumbo is the last name of Mark, who combined with fellow youngsters Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos to go 9-for-13 with 9 RBIs in the California-Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles' blow out win. It got so bad for Texas, Vernon Wells got on base twice!

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4. Someone alert the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcasting crew: Arizona scored all its runs on home runs.

Royals 5, Indians 3. Who had 'Bruce Chen would be 3-0 on April 20 and Wilson Betemit would be an on-base machine' in their pool of things that would ever happen?

Braves 10, Dodgers 1. First of all, happy birthday to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who turned 50 today. Mattingly reportedly celebrated his birthday a little early by vomiting during the top of the ninth inning Tuesday. In that ninth, Atlanta led just 2-1 when Kenley Jackson and Ramon Troncosco happened. The pair allowed eight earned runs, including home runs to pinch-hitter Eric Hinske and Dan Uggla. Rookie Brandon Beachy was the beneficiary, picking up his first major league win after six scoreless innings.

Mariners 13, Tigers 3. Al Alburquerque: 2/3 IP, 2 ER.

Nationals at Cardinals ppd to theft of thousands of Tom Pagnozzi bobblehead dolls
Padres at Cubs ppd Luis Salazar

Other games, but down here....

Astros 6, Mets 1
Athletics 5, Redsox 0
Bluejays 6, Yankees 5 (10)
Giants 6, Rockies 3
Devilrays 2, Whitesox 1
Marlins 6, Pirates 0

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