- The Nationals swept a doubleheader from the Phillies.
– at Citizens Bank Park
— The Phillies scored no runs against Ross Detweiler and Tom Milone.
—- Philadelphia has lost four of five, while Washington has won nine of twelve. Weird stuff happens in September.
- Chris Stewart just homered off Clayton Kershaw.
– That’s his third CAREER home run.
— Justin Christian doubled off Kershaw too.
—- The Giants are still losing.
—– Jerry Sands hit a home run off Lincecum.
—— In four Lincecum vs. Kershaw games this year, Lincecum had a 1.24 ERA. He’ll be 0-3 if this 2-1 score holds up.
——- The Dodgers and Giants opened the year with a Kershaw and Lincecum matchup. The Giants lineups from that night and tonight have one player in common.
——– Oh, and Mark DeRosa’s hitting cleanup for San Fran.
——— Update: the Dodgers won. They’re now over .500. Who would’ve thunk it?
- Mike Carp went 5-for-5.
– The Mariners had a 5-4 lead over the Twins going into the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a tiebreaking Adam Kennedy infield single (?!).
— The Twins loaded the bases with nobody out.
—- They did not score a run.
—– Then again, considering the Twins this year, is this really THAT unpredictable?
—— The Twins now have a ten-game losing streak. Ten! It seems kind of mean to have a Twins/Mariners series actually take place right now. Just let the guys take a nap, MLB schedulers.
——- It’s the Twins’ second losing streak of nine or more games this year. They hadn’t had ANY nine-game losing streaks since 1998.
- The Yankees left 18 men on base. 18!
– This is actually two away from the AL record for LOB in a game, as in ever.
— New York still won, 5-0.
- The Tigers lost, 10-2.
– to the Royals!
— Luis Mendoza got his first win since August 3, 2008.
- In one inning, with two outs, the Cardinals had a bases-loaded ground-rule double AND a triple.
– Is this still unpredictable if it’s against the Mets bullpen?
— The Mets also blew a 4-0 lead. Again, with Mike Pelfrey starting, is this unpredictable? We’re noting it anyway.
—- Both the double and triple were by pinch-hitters.
—– The triple was by a man who is already a YCPB favorite, Adron Chambers.
- Brett Cecil gave up four runs in just three innings to the Angels. Obviously this wasn’t working, so his manager pulled him for Kyle Drabek.
– Who proceeded to give up six runs in just two innings. Oops.
— Joel Piniero gave up four runs in six innings and got the win.
—- With a 5.36 ERA pitching for a bad offense, he’s actually 7-7 this year. That’s better than I thought.
—– Scott Downs got a save for throwing three pitches in a 10-6 game.
- The Red Sox were up 5-4 against the Orioles, who had a couple of runners on base with one out in the eighth inning. Not wanting to chance it, they brought in Jonathan Papelbon, who hadn’t blown a save in four and a half months and hadn’t given up a run since July 16.
– Of course, with the way things are going for Boston, you can guess what happened next. After a strikeout, a single loaded the bases for Baltimore, and then Robert Andino emptied those bases with a double. Robert Andino!
— Opponents are just 4-for-47 with the bases loaded against Papelbon in his career.
—- Erik Bedard threw fifty-one pitches in one inning. And he’s still alive, we think.
—– The Orioles were only so close because after their starter got hit pretty hard, Jo Jo Reyes threw three shutout innings, striking out five. Jo Jo Reyes! Against the Red Sox! They may be struggling TERRIBLY this month, but they aren’t struggling offensively; they actually lead the majors in runs in September. And again, they’re 5-15 this month.