Got a couple of stinkers last night, let's get right to it.
Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed 7 runs on 10 hits to the Phillies. Jimenez is now 1-5 for the struggling Rockies... In Tampa, Rays "reliever" J.P. Howell was hit hard by the Rangers, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits in just 2 innings of work. Not sure what, exactly, he was relieving.
And last and certainly not least, a true masterpiece in Baltimore for the Yankees - Orioles match up. The game featured a combined 19 runs and 31 hits, 9 home runs (4 for the Yanks, 5 for the O's), and a 67 minute rain delay in the 8th inning. The Yanks lost starter Ian Kennedy - though I doubt they'll miss him or his 0-3 record or 7.41 ERA - to a strained muscle near his left rib cage which will likely place him on the Disabled List. And to top it all off, two bullpen collapses. Baltimore reliever Matt Albers surrendered a run in the top of the 11th and was in line for the loss until Yanks trash-pile reliever LaTroy Hawkins was shelled for 3 hits and 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, blowing a save chance and recording LaLoss.
Hawkins' performance is what makes me nervous about Joba Chamberlain moving to the rotation. Are you telling me that Hawkins, Kyle Farnsworth and Ross Ohlendorf (who, by the way, pitched two and a third innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits last night and has a 2008 ERA of 6.37) are supposed to protect leads late in games? You gotta be kidding. It's amazing to me that a team with a payroll as big as the Yankees can have such a glaring weakness. I guess money just doesn't go as far as it used to.