Baseball Before Bedtime: Peace, Love and Understanding

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when I asked myself is all hope lost:

Mets 11, Cardinals 0: Fernando Nieve and Nick Evans do not, in fact, make very much scratch. So while the better part of the Mets payroll is on the disabled list and/or noodling around in the minors, it's pitchers like Nieve and hitters like Evans doing the dirty work. Nieve went six shutout innings while Evans, whoever it is, clanged a two-run happy jack in the Mets rout. Brad Thompson does not get a frosty beverage for his poor outing.

Pirates 10, Indians 6: I don't care what Friend of WoW Jonah Keri tells you about Pavano and his BABIP, it's never a good idea to tempt the fantasy baseball gods with that dago. Fella got roughed up, allowing eleven hits to the Pirates and exiting in the fourth inning. Bucs rook Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to twelve; kid has only had two hitless games since being called up June 4th.

Brewers 4, Twins 3: No Nickgasm last night, folks, as a wacky eighth inning play ruined Nick Blackburn's chances at his seventh win. With J.J. Hardy on first and two down, Blackburn gave up a long double to Jason Kendall, who advanced to third on a Brendan Harris throwing error and then scored the go-ahead run when Blackburn backed up Harris' oopsie with a throwing error of his own. Sloppy Nickgasms are fun for nobody.

Rays 7, Phillies 1: Nevermind those good feelings on the road Phillies fans. Not only did Cholly Manuel's team fail to bring the crowds again (750 fewer fans than the previous night) they failed to score anything but a Jayson Werth solo tater tot off Muppet starter Matt Garza. Pat Burrell hit a homer of his own for the first time since April, which is also the last time he hooked up with a chubby stripper named April.

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