You knew it was going to be a good YCPB day because by like 7:15, Dan Uggla – who’s still batting under .225, with an OBP under .290 – had the longest hitting streak in Braves history, and Kevin Millwood had struck out Joey Votto.
- The Pirates took two out of three from the Giants, after losing ten in a row.
– The Giants are now in second place…
— and the Diamondbacks lead the division. Seriously, the Diamondbacks. It’s August 10.
—- In the Pirates/Giants game, Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-1 with four runs scored.
—– Jeff Karstens struck out nine. Even against the Giants offense, that is shameful.
—— The last Giants home run of more than one run was July 6.
- Vance Worley, who has been awesome, gave up six runs in four innings.
– To the Dodgers.
— Didn’t matter. The Phillies rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win anyway. They were never really supposed to be the type of team that trailed by that big a deficit in a game, and even if they did, their offense wasn’t supposed to be able to make that up – but they did.
- Edgar Renteria ended up homering off Kevin Millwood.
– This is 2011, not 1999, mind you.
— Millwood was actually more than okay: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
- Randy Wolf threw eight innings of one-run baseball and struck out just one.
– It was Albert Pujols.
— He’s just 5-for-42 against the Brewers this year, and one for his last 24 against them.
- Congratulations, AL Central. You finally have someone out of the negative run differential column.
– It is the Indians.
— They’re at… 0.
—- The Tigers lead the AL Central, with a -14 run differential.
—– The Padres are in last place in the tragic NL West. They have a -4 run differential.
- This was how the game in Tampa ended. The Legend of Sam Fuld has fallen as fast as his BABIP, but it’s nice to see it one more night for us here at YCPB.
– Nine runs scored in the final 1.5 innings of this game. It was between the Rays and Royals, might I remind you.
— Tampa Bay scored five in the bottom of the ninth, and they’ve really struggled offensively this year, especially at home.
—- Salvador Perez, a catcher making his major league debut for the Royals, made seven straight putouts behind the plate.
—– Coming into tonight, the Rays had a 3.69 ERA, good for fifth best in the AL. After adjusting for their park, that’s actually below league average for a 98 ERA+.
- The Mariners went 2-for-14 with RISP and scored just four runs.
– This is not unpredictable. What is? They won.
— against Texas.