Thursday, May 19, 2011

Curveballs for Jobu 5/19/11

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

Today's honorary bat boy is Danny Clyburn.

Yankees 4, Orioles 1 (15).
Mariano Rivera blew his third save of the season leading to the longest game of the year for both teams. Thanks to his stem cell time machine, Bartolo Colon returned to 2002 and pitched 8 scoreless innings striking out 7. Of course, it was Robinson Cano who came through with a double in the 15th to put the Yanks up for good. After giving up the hit, Mike Gonzalez drilled the next batter, Chris Dickerson, in the head cracking his helmet. Dickerson was taken to the hospital and Gonzalez was immediately ejected.

Rays 6, Blue Jays 5.
Jose Bautista: 1-2, 2 walks. Including the rainout on 5/17, this is the third straight game that Bautista has not hit a home run. I think it's safe for us to label him a fluke again.

White Sox 1, Indians 0.
Jake Peavy outdueled Justin Masterson as both pitchers went the distance. It was Peavy who threw the shutout and got the win though as it was turn back the clock night for formerly great pitchers. Peavy gave up just three hits, striking out 8 without a single base on balls. Former Angels prospect Dallas McPhearson somehow had a personalized White Sox jersey made and snuck into their lineup and manned third base for them. Whether the White Sox were aware of this or not is still being questioned. He went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Pirates 5, Reds 0.
Leave it to the Pirates, led by staff ace Charlie Morton, to derail the five game win streak the red hot, um, Reds had been on. Morton tossed the complete game shutout and is now pitching 2.62/3.75/3.91 (ERA/FIP/xFIP) for the season.

Mets 3, Nationals 0.
The Mets pulled even with the Nationals at 20-22. This should be an intense battle to see which team finishes the least furthest away from third place in the NL East.

Other games, but down here...
Mariners 3, Angels 0.
Red Sox 1, Tigers 0.
Rangers 5, Royals 4.
Twins 4, A's 3 (10).
Phillies 2, Rockies 1.
Cubs 7, Marlins 5.
Cardinals 5, Astros 1.
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 4 (11).
Brewers 5, Padres 2.
Giants 8, Dodgers 5.

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