- The Astros won.
- You might’ve heard there was a record broken in Twins/Yankees. And yup, it’s true – Ben Revere set a Twins steal record for rookies with his 32nd steal, passing Luis Rivas in 2001.
– No, seriously, congratulations to Mariano Rivera on his 602nd career save, the most all time. Saves are a silly stat and we’ve all known Mo’s the greatest reliever of all time for a while now, but it’s still worth a shout-out.
– AJ Burnett against the quad-A Twins: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K.
— The Twins got twelve hits… and still lost.
—- The Twins pinch-hit for Rene Rivera with Rene Tosoni. How many times in baseball history has a Rene pinch-hit for another Rene? I’m gonna go with “not many.”
- Meanwhile, former Yankees Ian Kennedy and Jeff Karstens combined to put up this line in their matchup in Arizona: 14 IP, 6 H, 1 ER (on a broken-bat homer), 3 BB, 15 K. (h/t @joeauriemmayes)
– The only hit Kennedy gave up was to Karstens.
- In the second game of the day-night doubleheader, the Patriots beat the Ravens 18-9.
– John Lackey couldn’t stick around long enough to get the win. 4.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
— Scott Atchison got the win for throwing five pitches.
—- Brian Matusz gave up six runs in 1.2 innings, raising his ERA to 10.68. Um, congratulations, because that is now the worst ERA in any single season pitched, minimum forty innings.
—– The pitcher who previously held this record had an ERA of 10.64 in 67.2 innings back in 2000. You may have heard of him.
—— The Red Sox have scored at least eighteen runs TWICE this month. It’s only the second month in the live ball era where they’ve done that, and they haven’t since June 1950. They’re 5-14 in September 2011.
- In the first game, well, the Orioles beat the Red Sox at Fenway.
– As SB Nation put it, Darnell McDonald had himself a third inning.
— Robert Andino and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back home runs.
—- JJ Hardy has 28 home runs… and a .305 OBP? Okay.
- Despite a home run by Mike Stanton that I think landed in my living room here in New York, the Braves had a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth in Florida, with Craig Kimbrel about to close the game out.
– With two outs, Chipper Jones lost a chopper in the lights, leading to an infield single for Emilio Bonifacio.
— Omar Infante followed with a walk-off home run. Omar Infante. Off Craig Kimbrel.
—- Kimbrel allowed one home run to the first 290 hitters he faced this season, but has allowed two to the last six hitters he’s faced.
—– Earlier in the game, Infante had a costly error that allowed the tiebreaking run to score for Atlanta.
—— Ricky Nolasco began the game with four perfect innings, and ended up giving up five runs in 6.2 innings.
- The Cardinals won a Roy Halladay vs. Kyle Lohse matchup.
– The Phillies lost a series at home!
- Casey Coleman of the Cubs got his first win since May, against the Brewers, at Miller Park.
- Ricky Romero went nine innings, gave up just six hits, walked no one, and didn’t get a win.
– The winning run scored for the Jays on a fielder’s choice, when Adam Lind hit a ball to… Torii Hunter. Playing the infield.
- San Diego, who has never had a no-hitter in its history, had a no-hitter into the sixth tonight.
– Normally this wouldn’t be too notable, but it was at Coors.
— In their last five games, the Rockies have allowed 8, 9, 6, 12, and 8 runs to the Giants and Padres.
- Charlie Furbush: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K.
– against Cleveland.
— He still got the win, because THE MARINERS scored TWELVE RUNS.
—- They scored NINE RUNS IN ONE INNING.
—– Wily Mo Pena walked three times.