Saturday, May 14, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 5/14/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Mike Laga.


















Curveballs for Jobu had to take a brief hiatus to film its role in the upcoming Moneyball movie. It score the sweet role as Billy Beane's office chair.

Tigers 3, Royals 1.
Justin Verlander continued his assault on American League hitter by following his no-hitter up with another 5.2 innings of no-hit ball. Melky Cabrera broke up Verlander's bid to match Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters. Verlander ended up only going 8 innings allowing the one run on two hits and struck out seven. Eric Hosmer went 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts but remains on track to replace BBQ as the best thing about Kansas City.

Phillies 5, Braves 4.
Ryan Howard wen 2-4 with his 9th homer of the season to lead the Phils and put them 5.5 games up on the Braves. The pesky Marlins sit just 3 games back in what should be an interesting NL East race. Eric O'Flaherty took the loss for the Braves. In a somewhat related story, I once drank whiskey until I tried to fight a bar stool at O'Flaherty's.

Marlins 6, Nationals 5 (11).
Marlins youngsters Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison both went yard. But you should probably just head over to MLB.com to watch the highlight of Omar Infante's amazing game winning slide into home and, as long as you're there, watch Roger Bernadina's near-impossible catch.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 4.
Stem cell aided pitching mutant Bartolo Colon went 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) and took the loss for the Yanks. Clay Buchholz won his third straight even though Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon tried to make it interesting. The ghost of Russel Martin hit his seventh home run of the season.

Indians 5, Mariners 4.
Travis Hafner hit the 2-out, 2-run walk-off home run to continue the Indians unlikely winning ways. And why not? I fully expect Willie Mays Hayes to steal 100 bases for this team. On the other end of the spectrum, Brandon League is making a push to be the worst closer ever. In his last four games, League is 0-4 with 3 blown saves while giving up 10 earned runs on 12 hits and 2 hit batters. Amazingly though, no walks.

Other games, but down here...
Rays 3, Orioles 0.
Rangers 4, Angels 1.
Blue Jays 2, Twins 0.
White Sox 4, A's 3.
Cubs 11, Giants 4.
Reds 6, Cardinals 5 (10).
Mets 6, Astros 4.
Brewers 5, Pirates 2.
Rockies 12, Padres 7.
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3.

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