Baseball Before Bedtime: Jesus, Etc.

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when last cigarettes were all you could get:

Nationals 4, Mets 0: We rely on written crutches here at Walkoff Walk. One word I overuse to a fault is "tidy". I use it when a game is efficient and short, or if a pitcher cruises through a lineup without allowing many baserunners, or if a fielder shows adept use of his glove on a web gem. Needless to say, John Lannan's first career shutout, a two-hour four-hitter over the hapless Mets, was as tidy as tidy can be. His opponent Oliver Perez' six walks in six innings? Eh not so much.

Yankees 6, Orioles 4: This slow dreck, however, was not one bit tidy. No matter because Sergio Mitre made his gallant return to the pitchers mound and won his first game since Joe Girardi was his Florida! Oh! I fooled you good, kind reader! A-Rod scored a run and had two RBI; the Yanks are 43-22 since he came back from surgery on May 8th, the best record in the majors since that point.

Phillies 4, Cubs 1 (13): Jayson Werth's massive three-run walkoff ding-dong off Jeff Samardzija proved once again why Werth was an All Star and Matt Kemp was stuck attending the snooze-inducing ESPYs. Jimmy Rollins' third-inning tater tot put the Phils ahead but Kosuke Fukudome's RBI double in the fourth knotted it. Bluegrass band Blanton and Harden were in tune but neither factored in the decision.

Brewers 2, Pirates 0: No sparks flew and Dave Kerwin stayed away from Jason Ken Doll but Braden Looper showed the Pirates the magic stick. Fella threw seven scoreless innings and got his run support in the form of two two-out Prince Fielder RBI singles that drove in Craig Counsell. Craig Counsell is still starting? I thought the Felipe Lopez was going to clear that condition right up.

Indians 2, Blue Jays 1: Scott Downs blows a perfectly good Brett Cecil start by giving up a two-run double in the ninth to Victor Martinez. HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS, EH BLUE JAYS FANS?

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I often use the crutch "hapless Mets" as well.

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