Daily Roundup, 08/21/11

– Colorado’s last Sunday win took them to 12-3, marking them as the team with the best record in baseball. No, for real.
— The winning pitcher today? Kevin Millwood.
—- This even considering James Loney hit a home run against them. James Loney!!
—– It was an 0-2 pitch too.

- There were three inside-the-park home runs in the past two days. That’s the most over any two-day span since 1999.
– Curtis Granderson hit the first inside-the-park home run in Target Field history today. I know it hasn’t been open two full years, but considering how big that park is, and the giant wall of doom out in right field, I was surprised.
— This HR was part of back-to-back home runs from Granderson and Mark Teixeira. The last time the Yankees had back-to-back home runs and one of them was an inside-the-park home run, it was 1960.

- Oh, and Jason Varitek tripled.
– It was his first triple since 2007.
— Adrian Gonzalez got his fourth RBI in August. I know he hasn’t been as good lately, but it’s the 21st, and he’s on the Red Sox.

- James Shields gave up four runs in the first two innings to the Mariners
– the Rays still won.
— an 8-7 slugfest at home, where the Rays don’t score. Again, to the Mariners.
—- Late in the game when the Rays had taken a lead, with James Shields still in the game, Wily Mo Pena, now with the Mariners, hit a huge home run to re-tie it. Wily Mo! We missed you!

- Jerome Williams, now of the Angels, got his first win in the majors since September 2005.
– Heck, it was his first start in the majors since May 15, 2007.
— Peter Bourjos homered for his third straight game.

- In his first MLB start, Toronto rookie Luis Perez no-hit the As into the sixth inning.
– Keep in mind, Randall Delgado had a no-hitter through six in just his second MLB start early this week.

- Chien-Ming Wang struck out Shane Victorino.
– The Phillies had three blown saves in the first 122 games of the season. In the last three, they have two.
— The Nationals beat them today on a walk-off hit by pitch.
—- Then again, it WAS by Brad Lidge…

- Jose Valverde is 37/37 in save opportunities this year despite really underwhelming stats.
He probably owes Austin Jackson a big ol’ steak dinner.
— You’d think a play like that would end a game more often… but nope.
—- Rick Porcello had a 7-0 lead through three and couldn’t hold it.
—– Ubaldo Jimenez has a 7.29 ERA with the Indians.

- Speaking of saves, today the Padres retired Trevor Hoffman’s number in a moving ceremony.
– And then Heath Bell promptly proceeded to blow the save in the actual game.
— on a home run, at Petco, to the corpse of Mike Cameron.
—- the Padres won anyway.

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