Short slate of games today, but well, thanks to the Cubs for being the Cubs at least.
- The second half of the year began with a leadoff Asdrubal Cabrera home run on the very first pitch he saw.
- Holding a 2-0 lead over Florida, the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol proceeded to walk Mike Stanton, the corpse of Mike Cameron, and John Buck (who was really, really, REALLY trying to bunt) to load the bases with nobody out.
– He then had a ridiculous at-bat against Greg Dobbs, which ended in Dobbs hitting a double that would clear the bases. And it shouldn’t have, because the last runner to score completely stumbled and was as good as picked off at third, only the Cubs threw the ball away and he scored anyway.
— Okay, maybe you read this section and kind of rolled your eyes and thought, “Well, it’s the Cubs. And it’s Carlos Marmol.” Surprisingly enough, Marmol hadn’t walked more than one batter in an outing this year before tonight. His final line tonight: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 0 K. Uh, yeah.
—- Carlos Marmol has SEVEN blown saves, even with his walk rate down. And he’s only given up runs in six appearances.
—– The Marlins have won six in a row, and ten of thirteen. WE’RE GOING STREAKING!!!!
- Bartolo Colon gave up eight runs in the first inning and the Yankees, who have won the last nine games immediately following the All-Star Break, lost 16-7 (!).
– Bautista did not have an RBI in that first inning, where the Jays scored two runs on what amounted to swinging bunts.
— Jo Jo Reyes’ line: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K… W. This is a good stat.
- Nelson Cruz has a sub-.300 OBP… and 21 homers.
– Derek Holland, who’s been uneven this year, had a no-hitter through five innings. Then again, it was against the Mariners.
— Chone Figgins broke it up.