Skip Schumaker pitched for the Reds.
- This is actually his fourth career pitching appearance.
– Schumaker pitched after Chapman.
Tyson Ross, the opposing pitcher, broke up Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter with two outs in the top of the sixth.
The Yankees played a game in 2:07.
In a complete game effort, David Price allowed just one hit, with nine strikeouts and no walks. He retired the last 23 Rays hitters. Yes, Price was pitching against the Rays.
- He got the loss.
– Price is the 23rd pitcher in history to throw a complete game (that wasn’t rain-shortened) and allow just a triple. He’s the second pitcher to lose, and the first was back in 1953.
Rick Porcello pitched a complete game-shut out.
- It was his third of the year.
– Justin Verlander has never pitched more than two in a season.
— Porcello now leads the AL in CGSOs.
The Giants ended last night’s game against the Cubs under protest.
- The protest was upheld.
– It’s the first time since 1986 that such a protest has been upheld.
Mike Zunino pinch ran.
Stephen Drew home run!
Albert Pujols infield single.
Mike Zunino now has more HBPs (14) than walks (13).
John Lackey had two hits tonight.
- Via @ryanfagan, Lackey had five in previous 49 career at-bats, including the World Series.
Billy Butler scored from first on a single play.
Nick Hundley stole a base.
- He also homered.
Via @avisoep, The Braves had 14 hits tonight. The Mets have 19 hits in their last 5 games.
- Aaron Harang pitched into the ninth inning.
Chris Carter went 0-4 with four strikeouts…and then hit the game-winning home run off of Dave Robertson.
The Cardinals won on a walk-off HBP.
Your new best record in baseball: the Angels.
With Tulo falling off the list of qualifiers, Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors in OPS.
- That might not be unpredictable, but Stanton’s OPS is .964.
– That would be the lowest for a MLB leader since 1984.
The Braves won on the road…
- for the first time since July 13 (!!!).
Eric Kratz homered twice.
- Kratz didn’t even start the game.
– He came in during the seventh inning!
From last night: Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle.
- That’s Cuddyer’s second career cycle
– and the first cycle of 2014.
Jose Altuve grand slam!
Javier Baez walked.
- Javier Baez walked twice.
The Braves swept the Athletics.
- Nate Frieman hit two home runs today.
– …and was lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Speaking of crazy things, it’s August 17th and if the playoffs started today, the Royals and Mariners would both make it while the Yankees and Red Sox would stay home.
The Mets scored seven runs – on four hits.
Matt Adams and Mike Trout have five triples each (h/t @drewsilv).
Mike Morse tripled, as well.
- It was his second triple of the year.
– It was a leadoff triple – that did not score.
Adrian Beltre and Dioner Navarro hit infield singles.
Via @Politicalmetrix, Mike Zunino has as many HBPs as he does walks (13).
Aroldis Chapman did not record a strikeout tonight.
- Via @thestevensharp, it’s his first appearance in 49 games where he did not do so.
Wade Davis gave up an extra-base hit.
Cliff Pennington HR!
Two pitchers struck out fourteen batters today. One was Max Scherzer. The other was Mike Fiers.
- Fiers struck out those fourteen Cubs in just six innings.
– Prior to today, he’d struck out ten batters in fifteen innings all season.
— Fiers became the eighth player ever to strike out 14+ in at most 6 full innings.
—- He joins, among others, Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan… and Kelvim Escobar.
—– Escobar did that in June 2007, to a Reds team that batted Scott Hatteberg, Brandon Phillips, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Hamilton in the first six spots of the lineup.
Brad Penny pitched again!
- He hit a double.
– Mike Dunn has ten wins.
— The Marlins as a team have sixty wins.
Drew Butera homer.
- At .193/.268/.293 and a 60 OPS+, Butera is having the best season of his career. (h/t @mike_petriello)
JP Arencibia pitched a scoreless inning for the Rangers.
Speaking of other unlikely feats, Jason Vargas threw a CGSO.
- Against the Athletics.
– It was a Maddux: a CGSO in 100 or fewer pitches.
Jackie Bradley Jr. got a hit.
- He had been 0-35.
Freddie Freeman stole a base.
Skip Schumaker and Mike Leake both hit home runs.
- They hit them in the same inning.
Pitcher Joe Kelly stole a base for the Red Sox.
- He is the first Red Sox pitcher to steal a base since Bill Landis.
– That was in 1969. (h/t Tim Britton)
— Kelly didn’t just steal a base – he stole third base.
If the Mariners win tonight – it’s currently 1-1 in the third – they’ll be tied for the second Wild Card.
- Which means they’ll have the same record as the Tigers.
– The Royals still lead the AL Central, despite getting blown out 11-3 tonight.
— They did score three runs off Jon Lester in six innings, though.
Dioner Navarro tried to bunt for a hit.
Donovan Solano home run.
- Off Adam Wainwright.