Curveballs for Jobu is Offbasepercentage's daily trip around the ballparks.
Today's honorary bat boy is Mickey Hatcher.
[Hatcher 1991 Score, autographed, Estimated value: 9 chin hairs]
Reds 7, Diamondbacks 4. There have been plenty of jokes written about Cincy starter Mike Leake and his arrest for stealing $59.88 worth of t-shirts from a Macy's, and here's one more: Leake really lifted the Reds to a win Thursday, didn't he?
Anyway, Leake allowed three earned runs in seven innings and improved to 3-0. Now it's off to theft classes....wait, what the hell are theft classes?
Theft class teacher: "OK, listen up. That t-shirt on display at the department store? You have to pay for it, people. Think you can get away with pumping gas and then driving off? They will take your license away from you and then you will not have a license. Go ahead, try and steal that giraffe from the zoo. THEY WON'T LET YOU."
Whitesox 9, Devilrays 2. Lastings Milledge: DNP.
Dodgers 5, Braves 3 (12). LA may only be 12-12 and may have just been put in control of by this guy
but Matt Kemp is certainly enjoying himself late in games. Kemp hit his second walk-off home run in five days, a two-run poke off C(-h)rist(h)ian Martinez in the 12th, that coming after Kemp had whiffed three times against Atlanta pitching. LA took three out of four from the slumping Braves, who have lost 11 of 16 since a 3-1 start. Rod Barajas Watch: 0-for-4, season: 11-for-58 (.190 BA).
Mets 9, Astros 1. Humberto Quintero: 0-for-3
Twins 3, Orioles 1. Jim Thome hit career home run No. 591 and the Hrbeks got seven shut out innings and nine strike outs from Scott Baker.
Cardinals 5, Nationals 0. Kyle Loshe is bringing back memories of his 20never season with his performance so far in 2011. Lohse, who on baseballreference.com ranks just ahead of Willard Nixon in all-time pitcher rankings, tossed a complete game, two-hit shut out at Washington, and in 31 1/3 innings (four starts) has allowed 21 base-runners and struck out 22. And for those wondering what is wrong with Albert Pujols, the answer is: less and less each day. Pujols hit his fifth home run in seven games to back Lohse and send the Cards back over .500 at 10-9, which in the NL Central is good enough for a first-place tie.
Other games, but down here....
Mariners 1, Athletics 0
Royals 3, Indians 2
Marlins 9, Pirates 5
Phillies 3, Padres 0
Redsox 4, Angels 2 (11)