Mets 5, Padres 3: David Wright and the bullpen both had bad nights on Wednesday. Thankfully for the Mets, one of them got back on track yesterday afternoon. Wright went 3-5 with a game-winning two-run homer. The bullpen? Eh. Johan Santana pitched into the eighth, but it then took five Mets' relievers to get through the last two innings. In the process they blew another win for Johan, but I suppose that's better than losing the whole game, right?
Marlins 3, Phillies 0: It's a shutout by committee as five Marlins' pitchers combine to blank Philly. Did somebody give the Mets and Marlins Friday night off without telling me, because they certainly went through the bullpens yesterday, no? At least they're playing each other tonight, so that should make for a nice sloppy game. Or maybe there's some day-night thing going on here. Quick: has anyone ever looked into whether the five or six extra hours rest an arm gets when going from day game to night game makes any difference? Is Arthur Rhodes going to be more effective tonight against the Mets for having had that extra time? I'm actually only half kidding here.
Nationals 6, Rockies 3 and, um, Nationals 6, Rockies 3: Lastings Milledge comes up pretty spiffy in both games of the twin bill, and the Rockies end up dropping three of four against the otherwise woeful Nats. But don't worry, Colorado. Help is on the way!
Blue Jays 6, A's 4: I was thinking about committing suicide last night, so I called one of those hotlines. I thought I'd be greeted by some volunteer telling me about how much I had to live for and all of that jazz, but it didn't happen. Instead, she just told me to go over to a game thread at Athletics Nation if I wanted to see true suffering. So I turned the gas off on the oven and gave it a try. I'll admit, after seeing that kind of misery, I do feel much better about life.
Astros 7, Reds 4: Roy Oswalt just owns the Reds. He was 20-1 with a 2.61 ERA against them in 25 games all-time entering last night, and dominated them once again. The bullpen allowed three of those runs after he was gone.
Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Mike Mussina continues his unexpectedly wonderful season, this time shutting out the rangers over seven innings to notch his 15th win.
Tigers 8, White Sox 3: Here's one of the weaker saves you'll ever see. Fernando Rodney comes in the bottom of the eighth with the Tigers up 5-3, and throws five pitches to get out of the inning. In the top of the ninth, the Tigers score three more runs, to make it 8-3. Rodney then comes back in the ninth and sets the Sox down, fiercely protecting that five run cushion for the save. What exactly did Rodney save? If you call the short preservation of the two run lead in the eighth, why then don't setup men who do that all the time get credited with a save? The last thing I wish to do is to speak ill of the recently deceased, but the save rule is really frickin' dumb.
Mariners 2, Rays 1: Maybe the win rule sucks too. After all, how is it fair that Felix Hernandez can give up one run on four hits over eight and not get the W? And what are you lookin' at, windmill? You got something smart to say? And you, sun! What's with this risin' in the east stuff? Whaddaya tryin' to prove?
Braves 6, Diamondbacks 4: Braves pitcher Charlie Morton had his best ever outing, shutting out the Dbacks over 7. Not that it was all good for him. In the third he doubled, but was then was caught napping off the bag and picked off by the catcher. Bobby Cox: "I knew that was going to happen." The kangaroo court's fine jar probably got bigger as a result of that.