Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday night quick hits

You'd swear teams are working together to start the holiday shortened work week off with a bang. Lots of Bad Baseball around the league from Monday night, so let's dive right in.

The Pirates watched a ninth inning lead slip away as Matt Capps blew his fourth save of the year to the Reds. He allowed two runs on two hits - one of which was Ken Griffey Jr's walk off home run - without recording an out . . .

Orioles closer George Sherrill picked up blown save number five on the year against the visiting Royals; he allowed a ninth inning, pinch hit, game tying homer to Miguel Olivo . . .

Why stop there with the blown saves? Nationals closer Jon Rauch blew his fifth on the road against the Marlins. He allowed two runs on two hits. The first hit was a solo shot by Hanley Ramirez in the ninth, and the second was a walk off job from Josh Willingham. Effective, sort of. And it must've been tougher to watch for the Nats than normal; they found out that last year's closer Chad Cordero will miss the rest of the season to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum. . . .

Sometimes teams are so bad that they make each other look great when they meet up. Such was the case in Colorado. Padres starter Greg Maddux was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. Jorge De La Rosa was equally unimpressive in his start for the Rockies; he allowed six runs on 11 hits in five innings of work. The real loser (literally, in this case)? Easy: Rockies closer Brian Fuentes. He allowed five runs (of the seven the Padres scored in the ninth inning) on five hits to drop to 1-4 on the season . . .

Last, and certainly least, was Barry Zito. He picked up loss #12 (making his 2008 record 3-12) against the Cubs. Zito allowed four runs on five walks and five hits. I know they're paying him a ton of cash to start, but you've gotta think that at some point the Giants will cut their losses and either convince Zito to take a minor league assignment or move back to the bullpen. The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the guy.

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