The Twins began their 9-2 victory over the Giants last night with eight straight hits. Since it was an interleague game, Carl Pavano took the bat for a possible record-breaking ninth straight hit, but obviously struck out swinging. That’s not his job though, he took care of business where he needed to, going eight innings and allowing two runs. Minnesota beginning the game with an obscene hit barrage couldn’t be more indicative of how well they’ve been playing, as they’ve ripped off eight straight wins and continue their courageous climb up the AL Central. Are White Sox and Tigers fans a little nervous yet? There were definitely more than a few people who believed this team was toast. As for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner’s line for the evening was pretty gross: 0.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Marlins 5, Angels 2 — The Marlins finally won. It was their second victory of the month. Jack McKeon’s reasoning was memorable: “We’re a summer team. Today is the first day of the summer. We like to play much better baseball in the summer than we do in the spring. So watch out from now on because summer’s here, and we’re here.” You’ve been warned.
A’s 7, Mets 3 — Last night’s win makes six straight for Oakland. Josh Outman (6 IP, 1 ER) is easily one of my favorite names for a pitcher. It’s a safe bet they won’t be shedding those yellow jerseys any time soon. On the bright side for Mets fans, Jason Bay hit a home run, his first extra base hit in 89 at-bats. Jose Reyes stated he does not desire to have contract talks during the season. He’s signing with Boston.
White Sox 3, Cubs 2 — Paul Konerko homered for the fifth consecutive game and the White Sox went ahead for good on Brent Morel’s sac fly in the seventh inning. The question is, is it normal to abbreviate sac fly as “SF” in a headline? It’s strange and looks confusing.
Brewers 5, Rays 1 — Zack Greinke bounced back from an awful start at Wrigley, striking out 10 over seven innings and giving up one run. The Hebrew Hammer drove in two insurance runs in the seventh. I just wanted to say Hebrew Hammer.
Phils 10, Cards 2 — The score after seven innings was 2-1 Cardinals. The score after eight innings was 10-2 Phillies. The sloppy-titted St. Louis bullpen should be tied to the back of a monster truck and dragged for several weeks. Simply pathetic.
Nats 6, Mariners 5 — Fister did the fisting this time, going eight intrusive innings and surrendering only three hits. He even had an RBI single. Unfortunately, it was handed over to the bullpen who fisted themselves in the bottom of the ninth with an error, a walk, a few singles, and a home run. Brutal loss.
Sam Fuld made some fantastic catches against the Marlins on Sunday:
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