The Astros won.
-All nine starters had a hit, Wandy Rodriguez included.
Baltimore starter Rick Vanden Hurk only recorded seven outs, and the Orioles needed six pitchers to get through the first 8.1 innings.
-Despite that, they actually led 4-3 in the ninth. With one out in the inning, they brought on closer Kevin Gregg, who promptly struck out the first batter he faced.
–Down to their final out with no one on base, Toronto had Kelly Johnson, Jose Molina, and Adam Loewen (a converted pitcher with just four PAs since being called up as a hitter) coming up.
—Of course, all three reached, via a walk, single, and HBP.
—-A wild pitch tied the game, and JP Arencibia sent everyone home with a single. Well done, Kevin Gregg.
—–Baltimore outhit Toronto 12-5 and still lost.
Trevor Cahill’s ERA in his last ten starts: 7.26
-The As still beat the Rangers today, their first win against Texas in the last nine games against them.
–Alexi Ogando has a 5.20 ERA since the Break.
Anibal Sanchez complete game 1-hit shutout.
-That’s his second CG 1-hitter this year.
–Last guy to do that twice in a season was Jason Schmidt back in 2004. That’s if you don’t count Halladay, whose second such game last year came in the playoffs.
Speaking of shutouts, Dan Haren shut out the Yankees.
-Who have scored one run in their past 25 innings.
–Jeff Mathis doubled off CC Sabathia on an 0-2 pitch. That’s the first extra-base hit Mathis has hit from an 0-2 count since July 2008.
—Mathis also added a home run later on. Jeff Mathis.
—-The last six CG shutouts thrown against the Yankees have all been from pretty good pitchers–Haren, King Felix did it last year, Lester did it, and Roy Halladay did it three times going back to 2005. The five before that? Dave Bush, Sidney Ponson (!!!), Mike Maroth, Mark Hendrickson, and Billy Traber.
—–More craziness from this one, Russell Martin had to leave the game after being hit on the hand with a foul ball in the second inning. With backup catcher Cervelli unavailable, and the Yankees not wanting to lose the DH that early (third string catcher Jesus Montero was DHing), they sent Jorge Posada out to catch.
——Posada hasn’t caught an inning all year. Not even in Spring Training. He played second base even, but hadn’t caught. Howie Kendrick singled and promptly took off on the next pitch.
——-And was thrown out at second.
——–In fact, the Angels stole no bases today, despite Mike Trout getting on base twice after Posada’s entry.
———Due to various injuries on the Yankees, Eduardo Nunez was the starting right fielder in this game.
———-Hey, he didn’t make a fool of himself.
With the go-ahead run on second with no one out in extra innings, Carlos Ruiz attempted to bunt him to third. He made no secret of this. Nonetheless, it was a pretty excellent bunt, and Ruiz was sure to reach first base safely.
-But LaTroy Hawkins decided to throw the ball, for whatever reason.
–Yeah, this happened. That’s the winning run.
Alex Rios walkoff grand slam!
-Adam Dunn got a hit in this one too.
–Four runs for Chris Perez ties his career high, and his ERA goes up nearly 2/3 of a run from this outing alone. Yay small sample sizes.
Brandon Inge walkoff home run!
-That’s his second walkoff of the year.
–He only has three homers total.
—Speaking of third homer of the year, Joe Mauer hit his in the same game.
Sign #442 that the Giants can’t hit: Dana Eveland threw seven shutout innings in which he allowed only three hits.
The tag team of Kyle Weiland and Alfredo Aceves mostly kept pace with Hellickson and the Rays, but Tampa led 5-3 going into the ninth.
-Tampa brought on Kyle Farnsworth, who had an ERA of 2.00, a WHIP under 1, and and K/BB of 5. He had also allowed only three homers in 54 innings.
–Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury went back to back to tie it up. The fact that this was pretty unpredictable is kinda crazy.
—When Desmond Jennings tripled in the 11th, it was the 19th total hit of the game. At that point, the two teams were 0-23 with RISP.
The Mets trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the 8th.
-They scored four in the inning, capped by a Jason Bay two-RBI single.
–Bay has actually been hitting .353/.378/.735 in September before this game.
—Then he got picked off to end the inning.
—-And then the Mets blew it. Fine, that’s pretty predictable.
Bronson Arroyo gave up six runs (and three homers) in one plus innings of work.
-They decided to lift him once Dexter Fowler took him deep.
–His HR/9 is now 2.06, fourth most ever for a qualified season.
—And two of the three ahead of him were in strike-shortened 1994.
—-Jose Lima’s legendary 2000 season (48 homers in 196.1 innings, a 6.65 ERA) is the only time anyone has ever pitched 150 innings and given up home runs at a greater rate than Arroyo has done this year.
—–Alex White wasn’t much better than Arroyo. He gave up five homers in five innings, and seven runs (six earned), pushing his ERA up to 6.32.
——White still got the win. He is now 3-1, despite that 6.32 ERA.
——-Last pitcher to get a win in a game where he gave up five or more homers? Tim Wakefield, back in 2004. Before that was Jeff D’Amico in 1996.
Seattle was held to two hits or fewer for the fifth time this season.
-Believe it or not, that’s not the worst this season. The Angels also have five such games.
–And the Marlins and Braves have six. The Braves are certainly going to the playoffs, and the Angels aren’t out of it yet.
James Darnell, who had an OPS+ of 3 in his 29 PAs, homered for San Diego.
-The Padres were winning 5-3, but Heath Bell gave up back to back homers to Chris Young and Lyle Overbay (!!).
–An inning later, Arizona won with a walkoff walk, also to Overbay.
—Overbay’s WPA for the game is 0.837, ninth highest for a position player this season.
(hat tip to friend of the blog Jules for this one)
Speaking of Arizona, we missed this yesterday, but check out this play. Pretty easy call, right? The ball hits Montero in fair territory, he is out.
-Except he shouldn’t have been. He was behind the first baseman at the time, and the second baseman had no play on the ball. Rule 7.09 (k) states that it is interference by a better or runner when:
A fair ball touches him on fair territory before touching a fielder. If a fair ball goes through, or by, an infielder, and touches a runner immediately back of him, or touches the runner after having been deflected by a fielder, the umpire shall not declare the runner out for being touched by a batted ball. In making such decision the umpire must be convinced that the ball passed through, or by, the fielder, and that no other infielder had the chance to make a play on the ball. If, in the judgment of the umpire, the runner deliberately and intentionally kicks such a batted ball on which the infielder has missed a play, then the runner shall be called out for interference.
Umpire probably didn’t know that, and the manager probably didn’t know to argue it. But yay for misinterpretation of the rules.