Happy July 4th to all of our readers!
- The AL won interleague overall, which isn’t really surprising. However, it’s worth noting that without the 13-5 Yankees, the NL would’ve won.
– The Yankees actually lost today
— Mariano Rivera blew the save.
—- He had bases empty and two outs, and walked Jason Bay, who eventually came around to score two hits later.
—– Bay also had the walk-off single.
- Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked twice in one game in interleague…
– …and so was Jeff Mathis.
- Not going to the All-Star Game: Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria, Mark Teixeira, Paul Konerko (though he’s part of the final vote choices), Carl Crawford, Chase Utley, Dan Uggla, CC Sabathia, Ryan Zimmerman.
– Going to the All-Star Game: Brandon League (and not Michael Pineda, by the way), Aaron Crow, Ryan Vogelsong, Chris Perez, Michael Cuddyer, Joel Hanrahan, Jair Jurrjens, and Placido Polanco.
- The Phillies had a 4-0 lead for Cliff Lee after two. Going into the eighth, the Blue Jays had whittled it down to 4-3 – which was already more runs than Lee had given up all of June.
– Eric Thames homered to tie the score. Bautista homered to put the Blue Jays ahead. And then later in the inning, Edwin Encarnacion added insurance with a two-run, 454-foot absolute bomb.
— This was all off Lee.
—- He had given up one home run in the eighth inning in his entire career (yeah, pitchers tend to not go that deep into games and if they are they’re rolling), before he gave up THREE today.
—– The Blue Jays won, 7-4. The pitching matchups in this series were huge mismatches – Kendrick vs. Romero on Friday, Halladay vs. Villanueva on Saturday, and Lee vs. Jo Jo Reyes on Sunday. The teams that won those games pitched Kendrick, Halladay, and Reyes. Go figure.
- Zach Britton home run. Yes, as in the Orioles pitcher.
– Edgar Renteria, too.
— Zack Greinke gave up a home run to Rene Tosoni.
—- Today it was Milwaukee’s turn to blow a 6-1 lead to the Twins, apparently.
- Rodrigo Lopez had much better luck against the White Sox. He two-hit them over seven innings. What.
- Kevin Correia took the win as the Pirates blew out the Nationals. He now has 11 wins, tied for first in baseball.
– Jeff Karstens has a sub-3 ERA. What?
- Ian Kennedy, who’s been excellent this year, gave up home runs to Conor Jackson and Scott Sizemore in the same inning, and overall gave up 7 ER in 5.2 innings to the As. By the way, these players are slugging .335 and .376, respectively.
- Javy Vazquez and his now 5.64 ERA gave up just two runs over six innings against the Rangers, in Arlington.
– In his last four starts, Javy’s given up four earned runs, total. Again: his ERA is still 5.64.
— He was still in line to get the loss until the Rangers’ bullpen blew up, allowing five runs to the Marlins over the last two innings.
—- Hey, the Marlins have won back-to-back series. It’s a new month!
—– The Rangers are no longer in sole possession of the AL West lead. Considering the other teams in this division, that is… surprising.
- The Royals scored 16 runs. Their starter, Luke Hochevar, didn’t get a win.
– Matt Belisle gave up six runs to the Royals in two-thirds of an inning.
— This raised his ERA to still only 3.55.
—- Carlos Gonzalez had six RBIs, in a losing effort, from the leadoff spot.
—– I didn’t see it, but um, this play: C Getz bunted into fielder’s choice to catcher, M Moustakas scored, L Hochevar out at second.
—— The Royals hit nine doubles in this game.
——- And Melky Cabrera homered twice.
——– I guess it was a Coors day.