Game of the Day
Giants 7, Padres 6 (12 inn.)
Their mastery of the Giants is one reason the Padres have been a surprise team in the NL and lead the West. They came in undefeated against the Giants, having allowed only nine runs, in seven meetings so far.
Sooner or later, the Giants were going to break through — and it only took seven games and 11 innings.
"It saves a little bit of sanity around here," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm not going to lie. It's a little streak we were in. We fought and we were determined about the streak."
Brian Wilson(notes), not one to let Giants fans off easy with a 1-2-3 save, allowed a two-run double to Happy Scrappy Hero Pup David Eckstein(notes) in the bottom half of the 12th. But he struck out Chase Headley(notes) on a nasty breaking pitch with two aboard to end it. The robed Kraken has been slayed!
The win brings the Giants within a half game of first, and they avoided tying a franchise record for the longest losing streak against an opponent to start a season.
"It was in everybody's head," Downs said. "Everybody was talking about it — the media, fans were talking about it. We didn't talk about it much, but everyone in here was aware of it."
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They Also Played
Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: You gotta give it up to the scrappy Red Sox and Yankees, playing for second-place crumbs in the AL East. Monday night, it was the Yankees getting to Papelbon. This time, the Red Sox came back against New York's last lines of defense. How adorable! It wasn't all the faults of Joba Chamberlain(notes) and Mariano Rivera(notes); Marcus Thames(notes) had the dropsies (right). Ah, riding high in April, shot down in May as the song goes.
The Yanks played the game under protest — I'd like to think because of embarrassment at the how poorly they performed. In reality, New York says the Red Sox sandbagged on Josh Beckett's(notes) injury, which enabled Manny Delcarmen(notes) to throw as many warmup pitches as he wanted. It's been 24 seasons since a protest was upheld, so odds are the Red Sox will get to keep the victory and the game won't start over at the point of contention. But stranger things have happened between these also-rans. (I kid!)
Athletics 6, Mariners 5 (10 inn.): Cliff Pennington(notes) caught Franklin Gutierrez(notes) napping on defense — hard to believe — and tagged up from first base to get into scoring position. He moved to third on Brandon League's(notes) wild pitch and then scored on Kurt Suzuki's(notes) single. A cruddy way to lose for the M's, but not atypical.
"It gives me a lot of confidence actually," Wilson said. "I had an off night but everybody else had a great night."
Take note, youngsters!
Cubs 6, Rockies 2: Wins for pitchers are for saps, but ... the only 5-0 pitchers in the majors are Tim Lincecum(notes), Andy Pettitte(notes) and Phil Hughes(notes). And Carlos Silva(notes). ... Also, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano(notes) back to the rotation, not long relief like Lou Piniella implied yesterday. So they're going to stretch him out and not use him in short situations anymore. That's why Zambrano finished this game with a perfect ninth. What?
Blue Jays 11, Twins 2: Big day again for Shawn Marcum, and finally for Lyle Overboo — I mean Overbay (three RBIs).
Pirates 2, Philadelphia 1: Charlie Manuel let Roy Halladay(notes) throw 132 pitches — which is the high in the majors so far and, I have a feeling, will be at the end of the season, too. Halladay prepares himself to work that hard, so he'll probably be fine. But he's not a toy — unlike the bobblehead dolls given to fans at Citizens Bank Park. Did you know: Over its past eight games, Philly's only two losses have come in Halladay's starts.
Guillen didn't answer questions from the media before the game and joked about it with a clubhouse attendant. "I'm not talking. Tell them, Curtis Granderson(notes)," Guillen said to a young man who looked a little like the former Tigers outfielder.
Dodgers 7, Astros 3: The Dodgers won their ninth in a row, but it was kind of a rough night for bobblehead dolls: Philly gives them out for a Roy Halladay start and he takes the loss. The Dodgers pack the Ravine for Andre Ethier(notes) Bobblehead Night and put him on the DL. No. It would have been better had Halladay won and Ethier hit a game-ending home run. I want to have my bobblehead cake and eat it, too!
Orioles 4, Royals 3 (10 inn.): That's more like it: Zack Greinke(notes) leaves with a 3-2 lead and the bullpen can't hold it. Somewhere, Trey Hillman is sitting with no expression on his face.
Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Someone needs to have an intervention with Jim Riggleman. He's definitely dependent on Tyler Clippard(notes), heading toward addiction. Might be a hoarder.