Jae Seo got a no-decision yesterday but pitched poor enough to lose twice, allowing six runs, eight hits and three home runs in 3 1-3 innings. The Dodgers managed to win the game 12-7 against Houston, thanks in part to a pitching performance by Andy Pettite that was almost equally as bad. Pettite allowed dingers to Nomar Garciaparra, J.D. Drew, and transplanted ex-Met Jeff Kent. Preston Wilson went 2 for 5 in the game for Houston, and is hitting .258 with 5 homeruns on the season. Wilson has also struck out a league-leading 36 times (tied with Geoff Jenkins) against four walks in 124 at-bats.
Jay Payton has a five game hitting streak for Oakland, bringing his season average to .220. Before the hitting streak he was hitting below .200, so things are improving, but he still has just 4 extra base hits in 91 at bats this season. What do you suppose happened to Jay's power, like when he hit 28 homers for the Mets in 2003? Hmmm....
By the way, in March of last year, Payton said that he believes an asterisk should accompany the records of players proven to have used steroids, but in 2002 he told the Associated Press that "I don't know if it's really cheating or not. Who's to say steroids should be illegal? There's plenty of legal stuff to take to serve that purpose. If you take steroids, it doesn't mean you can hit a 95 mph fastball."
Speaking of power, Ty Wigginton has cooled off a bit, with just one extra-base hit, a home run, in his last ten games for Tampa Bay.
Melvin Mora hit his sixth homerun of the season yesterday for baltimore, helping them beat Detroit, 7-6. Mora is hitting .297 on the season and has not yet agreed to a contract extension; unless he does he's eligible for free agency at the end of the season.