I’m sure there’s a lot of people in Chicago who’d like to see Cor3y Patterson hit with a pitch. Trouble is, most of ‘em are Cubs fans. There’s probably someone in Baltimore who’d like to see Miguel Tejada hit with a pitch, but enough about Peter Angelos. Not exactly a heroic afternoon in Charm City for Javier Vazquez (above), who again once again, hit the wall, big time after his pitch count passed 75. Nor did Neil Cotts or Bobby Jenks cover themselves in glory. It was a heck of a way to squander a 5 RBI day for Jermaine Dye, a yet another opportunity lost to gain ground on New York, Detroit or Minnesota.
Roger Clemens’ Sunday line : 7 IP, 9 K’s, 2 hits, no runs…and sure enough, a no decision. Conor Jackson’s 2 run HR off Brad Lidge in the 9th inning gave Arizona a 7-5 lead. Earlier, Eric Brynes hit a 3 run HR off Chad Qualls. Brynes made a tremendous running catch with two out in the bottom of the 9th and Adam Everett on 2nd representing the tying run, robbing Brad Ausmus of extra-bases. Jorge Julio picked up his 13th save…and Lidge’s trade value (presuming there’s even a chance of his being dealt in the next half day) seems to drop every time he touches a baseball.