Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Yes, Boston won the game on Manny Ramirez' eighth inning RBI single up the middle but Minnesota won something far more important: the hearts and minds of a national viewing audience. We were treated to some fantastic pitching by Scott Baker and some amazing defensive plays by right fielder Denard Span and center fielder-slash-Mets castoff Carlos Gomez. True, they were not Wizard Cat-worthy, but it's nice to see a team keep their pitcher happy with some delightful glovework. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the hard-luck no-decision despite his season high 7 and 1/3 shutout innings tallied.
Pirates 10, Astros 7: Nate McLouth and Ryan Doumit continued their assault on the airspace above PNC Park. Their ding-dongs off Royals castoff Runelvys Hernandez powered Pittsburgh to a tidy win over hapless Houston. The Pirates' 10 runs in the first four innings were more runs than they scored all weekend in a sweep at the hands of the mighty Brewers. Ed Wade's super-awesome offseason acquisition Hernandez allowed all 10 runs in 4 innings of work, raising his ERA to a tidy 10.29.
Mets 10, Phillies
7 9: Super-awesome All Star reliever Billy Wagner actually saved a game, despite allowing the first two runners to reach via a double and a walk. Okay I shouldn't write these recaps before the game ends. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and down 0-2 in the count, pinch hitter Pedro Feliz grounded a single up the middle that scored Shane Victorino; Eric Bruntlett scored on Carlos Beltran's throwing error. Wagner got Jayson Werth to fly out to end the game though. After being down 10-1, the Phillies scored the final eight runs of the game but fell just short, prompting me to ask: "HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS, PHILLIES FANS?"