- Since the break, the As are hitting .312… and have an ERA of 6.72.
- Ubaldo Jimenez started a game for the Rockies after being all but assured he was getting traded to Cleveland (raise your hand if you thought you’d ever read this as recently as a year ago).
– Of course, he only threw one inning, where he walked four and gave up four runs. And then went to the dugout crying and hugged all his teammates. Awkward start is really awkward.
— The Rockies still won because Eliezer Alfonso hit a grand slam, at Petco. And if I’m being honest here, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that name before.
- The Yankees scored 12 runs in the first inning. Yeah, it was against the Orioles, but that is still insane.
– Actually, it’s a franchise record for runs in the first inning.
— Zach Britton started off the year as maybe a frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, but had really struggled of late. His last start against Boston right before the All-Star Break – 0.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R/7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – was probably enough to send him down to the minors, where he was before today’s game.
—- And then tonight’s start was probably even WORSE. 0.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R/6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. And the inning started out with Derek Jeter making an out, too.
—– The Yankees did not hit a home run until it was already 10-0.
—— Everyone on the Yankees got a hit in that first inning.
——- Rafael Soriano finished this game with his first 1-2-3 since Opening Day.
——– and yeah, Britton’s last two major league starts: 1 IP, 13 H, 17 R/13 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Is that… good…?
- The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first against Kyle Lohse. And none of those runs were earned.
– Of course, they ended up losing, because the Cardinals scored 13 unanswered runs.
— Lohse got the win. lol.
- Yunesky Maya finally got his first big league win.
– Against the red-hot Mets to boot. He actually shut them out.
— And promptly got hurt and had to go on the DL.
- Derek Holland threw a complete game shutout against the Blue Jays today.
– He has four complete game shutouts in 2011… and a 4.14 ERA, not all that impressive in this crazy pitching environment.
— Not counting Holland, since 1981, the highest ERA in a season where a pitcher had at least four shutouts was Bobby Ojeda’s 3.99 in 1984.
—- Derek Holland has as many complete game shutouts this year as Andy Pettitte did his entire sixteen-year career.
—– From @sammillerocr, in Holland’s last 11 starts he has four with a game score in the 20s and four with a game score in the 80s.