Brandon Allen homered off Jon Lester.
-It’s the first homer he has ever hit off a lefty.
–Lester hadn’t given up a homer to a lefty since June 18th.
—George Kottaras hit that one.
In the second game, Erik Bedard got knocked out by the rain (between the two games, there were nearly six hours worth of rain delays) after four shutout innings.
-Which made him ineligible for the win. Alfredo Aceves picked it up after three shutout innings.
–This is nothing new for Aceves. He is now 9-1 on this season and 23-2 for his career.
The Pirates dropped 6 runs in 5 innings on Chris Carpenter.
-Including a double from pitcher Brad Lincoln.
Jack Hannahan triple.
-And Jim Thome homer, in his return to Cleveland.
–On his 41st birthday, too.
Corey Hart also tripled.
-And homered, and doubled. No single though.
–Yovani Gallardo with 10 strikeouts for just the second time this season. He did it seven times last year. His K/9 is up to 8.1 now (it was 9.4 for his whole career before this season).
Justin Verlander threw 120 pitches in six innings.
-And gave up back-to-back homers to Luke Hughes and Jason Repko.
–Seriously. Hughes was slugging .320 coming into this game, and Repko .265 with no homers. Repko’s homer was into the second deck at Target Field, too.
—The Tigers (and Verlander) still won.
—-That’s Verlander’s 20th. It’s not even September yet.
Matt Kemp 11th inning walkoff homer, his 31st of the year. Not unpredictable.
-The Dodgers sent it to extras with a bottom of the ninth home run by…James Loney.
–Loney has been on a hot streak lately, with three of his eight homers on the season coming in his last six games.
—In fact, six of his eight homers this season have been against the Rockies. Not necessarily just a Coors thing either, three of those six were hit in LA.
—-Loney is hitting .365/.384/.683/1.067 against the Rockies vs. .258/.312/.317/.629 against everyone else.
Aaron Harang struck out eight in six innings.
-That ties his season high, and that was against the Astros. Does that still count?
–Harang gave up three runs, two earned to go along with those eight strikeouts.
—The Padres lost.
John Danks threw a three-hit shutout against Seattle with one walk and ten strikeouts.
-The game took two hours and nine minutes. That’s longer than the individual rain delays in both Red Sox-As games.
The Angels hit five homers, four of them off CJ Wilson.
-Wilson had only given up ten homers in 181 innings, the second best HR/9 in the AL, despite playing in a very homer-friendly ballpark.
–Those homers were to Vernon Wells, Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, and Bobby Wilson.
—Wells is having a terrible season, but he does have 18 homers now and his ISO is middle of the pack (37th out of 80 qualified players in the AL). But Bourjos isn’t known for his power (though his ISO is 47th out of 80, tied with Torii Hunter. At least it was tied before tonight’s action, and because of the homer, Bourjos’ will be higher now), but that was Wilson’s first homer of the season, and he had been slugging .295 in his 91 PAs.