- The Nationals, Pirates, Diamondbacks, and Mets are all .500 or better. The Twins, Rockies, and As are under .500.
- With today’s loss, the Braves are now 9989-9989 as a franchise.
– They were the one intraleague matchup this weekend, against the Padres. The Padres scored eleven runs in the first game, then Atlanta scored ten in the second.
— Dan Uggla was on base four times for that second game.
—- Jonny Venters today, against the Padres: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Those four runs allowed matched his season total, by the way.
- Tampa Bay, which has the fourth-best ERA in the AL (would you have guessed the Angels were better than them?), allowed ten runs to the Astros.
– And still won, because they scored 14.
— While striking out 13 times.
—- Carlos Lee triple.
—– Both Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis got hits in this game.
- Down 2-1 with two outs in the eighth, the Tigers proceeded to score seven runs against the Diamondbacks.
– This after Joe Saunders pitched seven innings of one-run ball against them.
— They’re now in first place, with the Giants sweeping Cleveland.
—- The Indians had more errors than runs in the series.
—– Madison Bumgarner’s last game: 0.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R/ER, 1 K, 0 BB. Tonight: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 11 K, 1 BB.
—— With Brian Wilson unavailable in the Giants’ 3-1 victory, Jeremy Affeldt got a save, pitching the last two innings of the game. He had more strikeouts than Roy Halladay did today, and Halladay pitched a complete game (against the As – this is not unpredictable).
- Jeremy Guthrie was 2-9 before today, even with a respectable 3.79 ERA.
– Yeah, he’s not on a great team, but his teammate Jake Arietta is 9-4 with a below-average 4.50 ERA. Wins are great.
— Anyway, today Guthrie gave up four runs in 5.2 IP, walking four and striking out five (his 2011 BB/9 is 1.8 and his K/9 is 5.6), and got the win.
—- against the Reds.
- Tino Martinez homered off David Cone, driving in Bernie Williams, too.
– It’s 2011!
— Okay, I cheated. But Jorge Posada homered for real.
—- Ty Wigginton homered twice.
—– the Yankees still won, and a bad error by Troy Tulowitzki played into it.
—— the Rockies are 2-8 when Wigginton homers.
——- Juan Nicasio had a perfect game through four innings and ended up going 5 IP with 4 ER.
——– Philip Humber of the White Sox, who is having a really nice year, also had a no-hitter through five innings… and lost.
——— for a line of 6.2 IP with two runs allowed.
———- He was outdueled by Livan Hernandez.
- The Twins and Nationals have the most wins in their leagues in June.
– This considering the Twins are now on a five-game losing streak.
— Jonathan Lucroy tripled and doubled off them today. Before today, 27 of his 124 career hits were for extra bases.
—- The Nats won their 40th game today. Last year, they won their 40th game on July 16; in 2009, they won their 40th game on August 9. (h/t @adamkilgorewp)
- Doug Fister got a double. I mean, it’s a pitcher doubling, but Doug Fister. Doubling. I AM STILL LAUGHING.