Dave Bush pitched well again [7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 K], that makes 3 in a row vs divisional opponents. He seems to have an every other year type thing going on. Last year he had a BABIP 30 points above his career norm [.324 vs .291] so he was a little unlucky. Charlie Morton was destroyed [5 ER, 1 IP] on the other side. Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 with a Run, the rest of the Pirates managed 3 hits. Rickie Weeks (.333) went 2 for 3 with a Run and 2 RBI. Ryan Braun (1 for 3, R, SB), Casey McGehee (1 for 3) and Corey Hart (1 for 5, HR) each knocked in 2 RBI too. Alcides Escobar went 2 for 3 with 2 Runs. Delwyn Young started at 3rd (LaRoche back spasms, Crosby shoulder stiffness), won’t be too much longer til the Pedro Alvarez hype explodes.
Jorge de la Rosa gave up 4 ER, 7 Hits, 4 Walks in 5 IP and still got the Win b/c Scott Olsen was pitching (kind of) for Washington. Olsen was beat up for 6 ER, recording only 6 Outs. Should we be freezing Ivan Rodriguez’s head after he dies? He went 2 for 5 and is hitting .444 now. That’s his 5th straight multi-hit game. Christian Guzman got the start at 2B, he went 4 for 5 with a Run and a RBI. Zimmerman went 3 for 5 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. Maxwell started in RF, he went 2 for 5 with a Run. Ian Desmond went 1 for 3 with a Run and a RBI. Every Rockie, minus Olivo, had a hit and every Rockie, including Olivo, scored a Run. Even de la Rosa had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Spilborghs and Tulo hit a HR. Jorge now has 18 Wins since June 1st, most in the majors. Apolo Anton Ohno presented the Nationals lineup card to the umps, how special.
Dana Eveland vs Kyle Davies… wake me up when it’s over…. Kevin Gregg closed the door for his 4th Save, he has a tidy 0.63 WHIP and 1.42 ERA. Vernon Wells (3 for 4, 2 Runs) hit his 7th HR, a solo shot. Toronto needs a leadoff hitter, this Fred Lewis (.154) and Jose Bautista (.222) stuff is just sad. Bloomquist (Run) had 3 hits, Callaspo (2 for 3) scored a Run and knocked in another, Kendall (RBI) went 2 for 4, so did Betancourt. Vernon Wells is tied with Nelson Cruz for the major league lead in HR. Podsednik rejoined the team, but he arrived too late to start.
Homer Bailey got rocked [5.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K] and Billingsley did too [3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 K], tho his defense didn’t help matters. Homer Bailey said, “I’m not very big on personal stats”. Francisco Cordero pitched a clean Ninth for his 5th Save. Joey Votto (2 for 3, R, 3 RBI, CS) and Brandon Phillips (1 for 4) each hit a HR. Scott Rolen made his way back into the lineup and went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs. Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with 2 Runs and a RBI. Stubbs got the start at CF and went 0 for 5 with a SB (his 4th) and a Run. Jonny Gomes (1 for 3) scored a Run and knocked in 2 RBI. Furcal (2 R, RBI, 2 SB), Kemp (HR, 3 RBI), Blake (Run, 4 RBI), DeWitt (RBI), Martin (Run) each had 2 hits. The news of the day was the EdiNson Volquez 50-game PED suspension. The suspension will be over tho by the time he’s recovered from surgery, lame. Pete Rose was in the stands.
Look at Mike Pelfrey go! After a tidy [7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K] line he now has a 3-0 record with a 1.00 WHIP and a 0.86 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a HR yet and has been pretty good at preventing them in the past. It looks like he is using his Fastball a little less and added a Split Finger Fastball, tho he isn’t using it much (1.9% entering today’s game) and it’s not a great pitch (0.5 Runs Above Avg). Carlos Zambrano didn’t look too shabby either [6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 9 K], I wonder if he gave up on that pitch to contact stuff he was talking about. Ferando Tatis hit a 2 Run pinch-hit HR and Jose Reyes went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI and a SB. Dr Jekyll and Mr Francoeur went 0 for 4, that is 4 straight 0 for games for him after 10 straight games with a hit. Talk about streaking, I’d hate to see his underwear. The Cubs had 3 hits (Fonzy, Fonty and Hill). Pelfrey has a scoreless streak of 19 innings now. Ted Lilly will likely pitch this Sat against MIL.
Kyle Kendrick was huge for Philly [8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K], but Ryan Madson blew the Save and Atlanta won in overtime. Tommy Hanson wasn’t very efficient (102 pitches, 66 strikes) and was yanked after 4.2 IP. He allowed 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB and struck out 4. Billy Wagner (1 IP, 0 H/BB, 1 K) got the W in the 10th Inning. Polanco (.397) went 2 for 5 with a Run, Utley (.347) went 2 for 5 with a Run and 2 RBI, Ryan Howard (.300) went 1 for 5 with a RBI and 2 K. Martin Prado (.431) went 2 for 4, McLouth (1 for 3), Heyward (1 for 4) and Glaus (1 for 4, 2 RBI) each hit a HR. Heyward’s tied it up, McLouth’s was the game winner.
Tim Wakefield was awful on the mound [6 IP, 6 ER] and couldn’t hold anyone on base. I think I counted 9 stolen bases on him and VMart, good lord. Colby Lewis wasn’t too shabby on the other side [5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K], but the bullpen (D.Oliver) blew the Win for him and eventually Francisco was credited with the Loss. The Feliz/Francisco situation just got more interesting. Michael Young and Nelson Cruz each went 2 for 5 with a RBI, Cruz scored a Run too. Of those previously mentioned 9 SB; Elvis had 3, Vladi had 2, Cruz had 3 and Borbon stole had 1. VMart had a tough day defensively, but went 3 for 4 at the plate with a Run and a RBI. Youkilis went 2 for 4 with a Run. Hermida went 2 or 3 with a solo HR, he scored twice. Big Papi went 0 for 3 with 2 K, he was replaced by Lowell who walked twice. Josh Reddick (1 for 3, 2 RBI) started in CF, Darnell McDonald filled in later and provided the heroics (2 for 2, HR, 3 RBI). Ellsbury and Cameron hit the 15 day DL.
Chris Volstad [6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, K] and Brett Myers [7 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 2 K] pitched well, but neither got the W. Lindstrom gave up a run, but he got his 3rd Save. Michael Bourn didn’t get a hit, but walked twice and stole two bases. Berkman got his first start of the season (even tho his knee is still swollen) and went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI. That is two more RBI than Carlos Lee (1 for 4, R) has on the season. Pence went 2 for 3 with 2 Runs. Jorge Cantu hit his 4th HR, he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, his hit streak is alive at 18 games. Coghlan (Run, RBI), Baker (Run) and Helms (Run, RBI) each went 2 for 4.
Kevin Slowey was most excellent tonight [8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K]. I hope no one started Masterson, he was predictably abused [4 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 6 K]. Travis Hafner provided the Indians only run with a solo HR off Slowey, Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 4, Branyan (1 for 3) was activated for the game. Span went 1 for 3 with a Run, Morneau went 2 for 3 with a Run and RBI, dunno why Delmon was in the lineup, but he went 1 for 4 with a Run. Mauer (.347) was 0 for 4.
John Danks [8 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K] outpitched David Price [5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K] and Booby Jenks closed the door for his 3rd Save. Crawford provided the only spark for the Tampa, he went 3 for 4 with a solo HR. The rest of the team went without a hit (0 for 25, 10 Ks). Paul Konerko (.261) hit his 5th HR, off Dan Wheeler, he went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Andruw Jones hit his 4th HR, he went 2 for 4 with the solo shot. Pierzynski and Rios had the White Sox other two hits. MLB reversed it’s ban and ended hoodie-gate.
Kyle Lohse was abused [3 IP, 7 ER], so was Haren [6 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 K], but he got the Win. Chad Qualls actually got the Save. Qualls and Gutierrez combined to throw 3 Innings without giving up a hit or walk. Ryan Ludwick (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) launched 2 HR, Pujols (1 for 3) hit a solo HR, Rasmus (1 for 3, BB) stole his 2nd base. Both Ludwick and Rasmus were caught stealing. Brendan Ryan went 1 for 4 with a Run and 2 RBI. Mark Reynolds went 1 for 2 with 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 3 BB, a SB and his 5th HR. Kelly Johnson led off, he went 3 for 6 with a Run. Justin Upton didn’t get a hit (0 for 3), but he took a walk, scored a Run, knocked in a Run and stole his 3rd base. Gerardo Parra filled in for CoJacks (DL), he went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs and 2 RBI. Dan Haren had a rough day on the mound, but he went 4 for 4 with a RBI.
Scott Kazmir looked pretty good [5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K] tonight, no walks from Kaz is nice to see. Rick Porcello had a rough go [4.1 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 K], he beaned Juan Rivera and uncorked 2 wild pitches. Fernando Rodney actually gave up a hit tonight, but he locked down his 5th Save without a problem. Bobby Abreu (.220) went 1 for 3 with a walk, a Run and a SB, his 2nd. Hideki Matsui (1 for 4) doubled in 2 runs. Kendry Morales went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs. Howie Kendrick (1 for 3) knocked in 3 RBI. Napoli (1 for 4) got the start, Mathis has a broken wrist and will be out 6-8 weeks. Austin Jackson (1 for 4, BB) scored a Run and stole his 3rd base. Miguel Cabrera (.364) went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI. Brandon Inge (1 for 5) brought in 2 RBI with a double. Carlos Guillen went 2 for 4 with a Run. Francisco Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Brian Fuentes, Rodney’s run is over for now.
Jonathan Sanchez threw a 1-hitter thru 7 Innings, striking out 10 and got the Loss. Ouch! He gave up 3 walks and 1 Earned Run. His offense didn’t do jack, b/c Mat Latos was busy shutting them down [7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K]. Mike Adams and Heath Bell (Save, 4) helped shut-out the Giants. What a great pitching duel. Sandoval had 2 of the Giants 6 hits. Chase Headley had the only Padres hit, he walked in another at bat and stole 3 bases. Scott Hairston drove in the only run with a Sac Fly. I wish I could have watched this game rather than watching the new Misha Barton movie, which was a lame Kathy Bates rip-off. Phillip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers were in attendance.
Javier Vazquez threw a lot of strikes (107 pitches, 72 strikes), but he seemed to struggle [5.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K] vs the lowly Oakland lineup. This guy is looking like a huge let down, even with deflation already factored in, what a bum. Gio Gonzalez did his usual thing, walk eveyone [4.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K]. The Ryan Sweeney hit streak is over. Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 4 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. Travis Buck (1 for 3) hit a solo shot. ARod (1 for 3, 2 R) hit a 3 Run HR, Posada (1 for 5) and Swisher (1 for 4) each drove in 2 runs. Nick Johnson didn’t get a hit, but reached base 2 of 5 times via the base on balls, he scored twice. Brett Gardner (0 for 3, K) got the start vs the Left Handed Gonzalez. Daric Barton’s MRI showed no structural damage. For some reason, Ronny Turiaf threw out the first pitch.
Jason Vargas looked good [7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K], he’s now had back-to-back quality starts, but that’s against a couple poor offenses. David Hernandez was OK for BAL [6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K], but he fell to 0-3 on the year. Aardsma locked up his 6th Save, he has yet to allow an Earned Run. Ichiro went 2 for 4 with a Run and a SB, his 4th. Chone (.204) continued his slide, going 0 for 3. Gutierrez is still hitting, going 1 for 3 with a RBI. Griffey Jr went 2 for 3. Adam Moore played Catcher and went 1 for 3 with a Run. Matt Wieters had 2 for Baltimore’s 4 hits. Reimold (1 for 4) drove in their only run with a double. Wiggington (.297) was 1 for 3 with a Run. Seattle may get Cliff Lee back on the 30th after MLB dropped his 5 game suspension. Tejada could return Wednesday.