Baltimore’s Adam Jones made a truly absurd catch to rob Seattle’s Miguel Olivio of an extra base hit and then followed up with a solo shot a few innings later to vault the Orioles to a 2-1 win yesterday over the Mariners. Gary Thorne’s call of the catch makes it that much more pleasurable to watch. Most remarkable of all still might be the reality that Kevin Gregg worked a perfect ninth inning with a one-run lead. The fact that he only has three blown saves is nothing short of a miracle.
Giants 7, Cards 5, 11 innings — Timmy went 6 1-3 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits, though he did strike out nine. Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz tied the game with a two-out single in the ninth inning and also had the go-ahead hit in the 11th. Brian Wilson eventually finished things off after a bizarre light failure stalled things for 16 minutes with two outs in the 11th. When the game resumed, Wilson threw one pitch to finish off the Cards with a game-ending groundout.
Rockies 3, Dodgers 0 — Doubtful anyone expected Ubaldo Jimenez to take until June 1 to get his first win, but he did so in vintage 2010 form, pitching a complete game four-hit shutout and striking out seven.
White Sox 7, Red Sox 4 — The White Sox have now won seven straight at Fenway which is no small feat considering how well the Red Sox normally play at home. Paul Konerko had a pretty big afternoon, so let the voice of Hawk Harrelson guide you. Ozzie was quite happy to leave town considering how much the traffic disrupted his day.
Reds 4, Brewers 3 —
Francisco Frank Cordero recorded his 300th save and the man was simply beside himself: “I don’t know what to say. I’m just so excited. I’m really happy. I’m just glad I could get it out of the way. Now I can focus on getting saves and helping us get to the playoffs.” Votto delivered the go ahead two-run homer to dead center with two out in the eighth to put Cincy up for good.
Rangers 3, Rays 0 — Colby Lewis bounced back from getting beat up by the Royals with eight shutout innings in Tampa. David Price, who took the loss, has pitched into at least the seventh inning in 8 of 12 starts.
D-Backs 6, Marlins 5 — The Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 10, winning last night in walkoff fashion on a Justin Upton bloop single following J.J. Putz’s first blown save of the season. Did anyone expect them to do anything close to what they’re doing right now? They’re basically the Indians West.
Royals 2, Angels 0 — The Royals found victory in the form of the always dramatic “looks like a double but then ruled a home run following a review” walkoff thanks to the bat of Billy Butler.
Indians 13, Blue Jays 9 — The Indians pounded the living shit out of Halladay trade jewel, Kyle Drabek and slapped the crap out of Shawn Camp.
In genuine celebration of Major League Baseball allowing dated videos to be embedded, here’s Roy Halladay escaping a jam on Memorial Day: