Here's what happened in baseball while bleeding a trail through the lens:
Nationals 3, Pirates 2: Look out, second-worst team in the National League, because Washington is on a roll! No, not a delicious chewy Portuguese roll, but rather a four-game win streak spiked with clutch hitting and wrapped in effective pitching. So why is Nick Johnson squirming? No matter, the Nats topped the Pirates thanks to Austin Kearns' RBI single off reliever John Grabow in the eighth inning. Luis Ayala was in the right place at the right time and picked up a neat little win even though Odalis Perez put his heart and soul on the line to throw those seven innings of three-hit, two-run ball, man!
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0: For the third night in a row, the Red Sox failed to score before the eighth inning. Tonight, however, they failed to score during and/or after the eighth inning as well, so they lost. Toronto starter A.J. Burnett scattered ten baserunners in such a fashion where he didn't allow a single one to cross home plate whilst closer B.J. Ryan survived a wacky balk that was called after seemingly recording the final out of the game and picked up a save. Heck, he just matched his 2007 save number. Yes, that's three saves. Tim Wakefield kept the Sox in the game but a seventh inning ding dong by Alex Rios basically sealed the deal.
Phillies 3, Padres 2: Ryan Howard found his power bat tonight and used it to rip a tater tot to the right field seats (THOSE ARE SUPER CLOSE TO THE CRAB FRIES STAND) off reliever Joe Thatcher, breaking a 2-2 tie and sending the Phils to the locker room with a real live win. Those are the best kinds of wins! Howard also hit a RBI double off former Phillie Randy Wolf. Brad Lidge collected his seventh win in seven chances and has yet to be scored upon this season. (KNOCK ON WOOD PHILLIES FANS) In other Phillies news, I'm going to the game tonight against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park! Whee! Walkoff Walk road trip!
Indians 3, Mariners 2 (11): Emo Seattle beat writer Geoff Baker can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Richie Sexson hit a tenth inning home run and Baker can fend off his rabid anti-Sexson commenters for one day longer. Too bad J.J. Putz blew the consarn save. Indians second basegentleman Asdrubal Cabrera hit the walkoff single in the eleventh off Sean Green after Mark Lowe loaded the bases. In case you haven't been keeping track, that's 652 blown saves for the Mariners bullpen so far this year.