- NL DHs had one hit today. AL pitchers had two, both by Zach Britton.
– Oriole pitchers are 6-for-13 in interleague. All other AL pitchers entered today 9-for-120.
- The Red Sox lost a series to the … Padres?
– The Padres won consecutive games for the first time since June 3-5.
— The Red Sox lost consecutive games for the first time since May 29-June 1. Eesh.
—- Orlando Hudson stole his 11th base this season in this game. That’s a career high in stolen bases – and he’s missed thirty games because he was on the DL.
- Jose Bautista homered! That’s only his second home run of the month.
– He still holds the major league lead in home runs.
— Before today’s game, Bautista was only hitting .227/.378/.288 (!!!) in June.
—- Oh, Dan Uggla actually homered in this game, too.
—– In the Toronto/Atlanta series, the pitcher Tim Hudson drove in as many runs as the Blue Jays did. (h/t @junkstats)
- AJ Pierzynski triple! That’s his first in 310 games. This would happen against the Cubs.
– Alfonso Soriano had only six unintentional walks before tonight’s game. He had two in tonight’s game.
- There was a lot of wackiness in the Reds/Yankees doubleheader, too.
– In the afternoon game, Jorge Posada had his first home run since April 23. That’s a while. To give you an example of how long ago that was, Osama Bin Laden was alive then.
— He still has more home runs than Victor Martinez, Carlos Lee, Shin-Soo Choo, Colby Rasmus, Justin Morneau, Hanley Ramirez, Bobby Abreu, Jose Reyes, Jed Lowrie, Starlin Castro, Russell Branyan, among many many others.
—- Chris Heisey hit three home runs against the Yankees in the night game. He’s the first player to ever hit three home runs against the Yankees in an interleague game. He hadn’t hit a home run in 16 previous interleague games, and had only five home runs all year before the game.
—– Yankees pitcher Brian Gordon walked in his first big league plate appearance. He’s a converted outfielder, but still.
—— Joey Votto is slugging .496 this year. Now, that’s 35th in baseball, so he’s not embarrassing himself, but that’s worse than Hunter Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera, the ghost of Todd Helton, Shane Victorino, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, Seth Smith, Michael Morse, and Matt Joyce (who has hit .138/.209/.241 in 58 June ABs. Evan Longoria? .200/.269/.317 in 60 PAs. The Rays are 12-9 in June, by the way.).
——- His ISO of .177 is hardly terrible, but his career ISO is .234. Among those better than that .177: Adam Jones, Miguel Olivo, Carlos Santana, Brennan Boesch, and Kelly Johnson.
——– Boone Logan and his ~.380 OBPA by lefties – and remember, he’s supposed to be a LOOGY – got Joey Votto and Jay Bruce out. To Logan, congrats. To Votto and Bruce, you have shamed yourselves and your family.
- The Pirates and Nationals are .500! The Pirates and Nationals are .500!
– Today, the Nationals got to .500 by beating Erik Bedard, who struck out ten Nationals and gave up no earned runs.
— Did you know Bedard has the lowest interleague ERA, minimum 100 innings? Well now you do.
—- Chone Figgins entered this game hitting .193/.241/.258, good for a 43 OPS+. This went down with an 0-for-4 night.
—– Oh, also, his error led to the unearned runs that were the difference in the game.
- It took Cliff Lee eight pitches to throw a strike today. Eight!
– He still threw a complete game shutout.
— This is his second complete game shutout in a row. The last pitcher to throw two CGSHO in a row was Roy Halladay, in the last two starts of his Blue Jay career. The last pitcher before that? Roy Oswalt. Yep, Philadelphia has all three.
—- Lee took the mound tonight opposing a pitcher with an even lower ERA than his.
—– that pitcher was Kyle Lohse.
- With the Rangers up 3-1 over the, errr, offensively challenged Astros and Neftali Feliz on the mound, you might’ve thought the Rangers/Astros game was over. Au contraire.
– Carlos Lee double. Brett Wallace pop-up. Chris Johnson double, Lee scores. Jason Michael, infield single, Johnson to third. And here’s the dagger – the Rangers’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba allows a passed ball, letting Johnson score, tying the game. Pinch-hitter Matt Downs then homered to give the Astros a 5-3 lead, and the game ended with that score.
— The Astros hadn’t homered in EIGHT GAMES before that.
- There was a game involving the Mets and a walk-off hit by pitch.
– The Mets were the one who got hit by the pitch for the walk-off, not the other way around.
— That was only the second walk-off hit by pitch in Mets history; the last was in 1992.
—- The last walk-off hit by pitch was something I don’t wanna talk about but I will remind you of anyway because it was soooo very YCPB.
—– This was the second hit-by-pitch in interleague play. The last one won a game for Boston. The last Met to get HBP to force in the winning run, back in 1992, had the last name Boston.
—— Earlier in this game, Hideki Matsui made a nice and probably game-saving catch.