- The Mets were going for the sweep of Atlanta, at Turner Field. Atlanta jumped out to an early 6-2 lead – despite a Jose Reyes triple on a bloop right behind shortstop.
– Of course, Chipper hit a home run and had five RBIs. That’s not unpredictable. What was unpredictable was that he was actually in an 0-for-11 slump against the Mets before that home run.
— The Mets actually rallied to tie it up and take an 8-6 lead, involving things like clutch Jason Bay hits, Manny Acosta scoreless innings, a massive home run by Scott Hairston, Jonny Venters breaking his 22-inning scoreless streak, and Dan Uggla making a terrible error. Hey, wait on that last one…
—- At one point, Chipper got hurt and was removed from the game. With a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth, his spot came up, with Brooks Conrad batting and the Braves still trailing 8-6. He promptly tied up the game with a home run. Maybe this is predictable?
—– Despite a 1.394 WHIP (not at all spectacular for a reliever), this was only K-Rod’s second blown save all year, and the first since the very first series of the year. K-Rod has given up three home runs all year, and they’ve all been to the Braves in June.
—— The Braves eventually won on a … walk-off balk. I know it’s the Mets, but a walk-off balk. Seriously.
- The Nationals are not in last place. The last time they were not in last place this late in the season was 2007.
– They swept the Cardinals.
— The last place NL East team is the Marlins – who lost again today. Some June they’re having…
—- Cliff Lee threw a two-hit complete game shutout against them today. He had that many hits himself.
- The Pirates swept someone. (Okay, it was the Astros. Still!)
– They are now two games over .500. We’re gonna keep mentioning it.
— If they were in the AL West, they’d be in first place.
—- They’re only three games back in the NL Central.
- Zack Greinke today: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 10 K (!!!!).
– He has a 5.23 ERA in an offense-starved environment, but he’s 6-2 now with this loss. Then again, he has a 2.52 FIP. I don’t know.
— The NL Central-leading Brewers lost three of four to the Cubs.
- Baltimore won a game in Toronto! Baltimore won a game in Toronto!
- I didn’t talk about this last night because I didn’t know at the time, but last night was the first time all members of the Yankee infield homered since 1939.
– A-Rod didn’t start on the infield last night, by the way.
— They had a little bit less explosiveness in today’s game as they won 3-2 on a walk-off hit by Brett Gardner.
—- Gardner had two walk-off hits in a span of two months in 2008, one a bazillion-hopper off Jonathan Papelbon. It took him until today to have another walk-off hit.
—– Brian Gordon, Cory Wade, and Hector Noesi, with their combined 16.1 MLB IP before today, gave up two runs in nine innings pitched to Texas today. (The other two innings were pitched by some guy named Mariano Rivera.)
—— h/t @mikeaxisa, Cory Wade has more 1-2-3 innings this year than Rafael Soriano.
- There was an American League game that lasted two hours and five minutes.
– The Twins won it.