The big story of the day was Derek Jeter hitting #3000. He did that in the third inning after 2,999 was a leadoff single.
-The big hit was a home run. Seriously.
–Off David Price no less.
—Price made his major league debut in September 2008 by pitching 5.1 innings in relief of a dreadful Edwin Jackson. The first hit he gave up was a home run to Derek Jeter.
—-It was Jeter’s first homer at Yankee stadium since June of last year (though he did have an inside-the-park homer last July).
—–Jeter added three more hits after that, including driving in the game-winning run with a single.
——It’s just the third five-hit game of his career. The last one was in 2005, also against Tampa.
Jeter becomes the 28th member of the 3000 hit club, and just the second to have his 3000th hit be a home run.
-The other is Wade Boggs, who is also not known for home runs.
–In fact, of the 22 members of the 3000 hit club to play after the deadball era ended, Jeter and Boggs have the 15th and 20th most home runs.
—Nine members of the club have more homers than Jeter and Boggs combined, and one (Hank Aaron) has more than twice as many as Jeter and Boggs combined.
Aaron Harang no-hit the Dodgers for six innings.
-Then he was pulled. Not too crazy, it was his first start since June 9th thanks to a DL stint.
–The Padres bullpen is pretty excellent this year (collective 2.83 ERA coming into the day), and they kept the no-hitter intact for a couple more innings. The Padres are one of only two franchises (along with the Mets) to have never thrown a no-hitter.
—With two outs in the ninth, on a 1-2 pitch, Juan Uribe doubled off Luke Gregerson to break it up.
—-Then Dioner Navarro, hitting .176/.231/.278, singled Uribe in.
—–That ended the game, because the Padres had scored no runs, and in fact only had one hit themselves.
——Rubby de la Rosa struck out seven of the first ten hitters he faced. His previous career high was six.
——-Thanks to nine walks and two errors, a 1-0 game with three total hits took 2:49 to play. There were seven games today that were shorter than that.
Josh Hamilton went 3-4 with a walkoff homer into the second deck. This isn’t that unpredictable, but after the week he has had, good for him.
The Angels hit 14 homers in their first 34 games at Angel Stadium
-They have hit seven in the past two games.
–Michael Pineda struck out the first five batters of the game, all swinging.
Cliff Lee home run!
-On the tenth pitch of the at bat.
–And then he went and threw an eight-pitch inning. The previous one was only 11 pitches too.
—The Phillies lost the game in extras because Lee’s homer was the only run they scored.
—Dan Uggla homered in this one.
The White Sox beat the Twins.
-For the first time this year. Really, the Twins had won all six games they played against Chicago.
–Heck, the White Sox were 5-13 against Minnesota last year, though at least last year the Twins were good.
—It’s Chicago’s first win against Minnesota since August 2010.
—-Weirdest part of this game? Mark Buehrle struck out eight.
—–Buehrle has a career 5.1 K/9, and hadn’t struck out eight since August 2008.
John Lackey threw 6.2 shutout innings.
-OK, it was against the Orioles, but still. John Lackey.
–Via ESPN Stats & Info, it was Lackey’s first scoreless start at Fenway since his very first in a Red Sox uniform last April. His home ERA was 9.17 coming into this.
Jose Bautista has 31 homers before the Break. He hit 30 after the Break last year.
Luke Hochevar gave up six runs in just 3.2 innings.
-The Royals won by seven.
–In his last two starts, Hochevar has given up 11 runs in 8 innings. The only reason he didn’t get wins was because he failed to complete five innings. The Royals scored 16 and 13 runs and won both games.