Orioles 5, Mariners 4: Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that "Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not." In related news, Baltimore is 5-1.
Phillies 5, Reds 3: The Reds' starting outfield goes a combined 2 for 13, 3 Ks, 0 BB. Not to be outdone, Corey Patterson comes in as a late replacement and goes 0 for 1. Meanwhile in Louisville, Jay Bruce looks forward to the Derby next month.
Cubs 10, Pirates 8: It's not every day that you jump out to a 7-0 lead and end up using seven pitchers, but the Cubs did it. The Pirates may have wished they had only used seven because pitcher number 8 -- the appropriately-named Evan Meek -- ended up walking five batters and uncorking two wild pitches in the 12th inning to cost the Pirates the game.
White Sox 7, Twins 4: “Everyone knows what Joe can do when Joe’s healthy,” Pierzynski said. “I don’t think there are too many people in this clubhouse worried about what Joe Crede’s going to do if he’s healthy.” What's he gonna do, A.J.? Walk a shockingly low number of times for a guy with 25 HR power?
Padres 8, Giants 4: Greg Maddux on preparing for the Bondsless Giants: “It is different,” Maddux said. “He’s probably the best player I’ve ever had a chance to face. I know when you used to go over the Giants lineup, you worried about eight guys because you know you’re going to walk Barry if it matters. I actually had to worry about one more guy. It took a little bit longer.” Greg: that word you keep using -- "worry" -- I do not think it means what you think it means.
Rockies 2, Atlanta 1: Sure, the Braves lost this one, but between Glavine's start in this game (6.1 IP, 0 ER), Maddux's in the Padres-Giants tilt (7 IP, 1ER), and Smoltz's performance on Sunday (5 IP, 0 ER, 6K), it feels like 1995 around here. Quick! Someone get to my wedding and slip me some Rogaine!
Angels 6, Indians 4: It's cute how the Indians have decided to continue with the quaint little fiction that Joe Borowski is a closer (0.1 IP, 2 BB, 2H, gave up the game-losing salami).