- Congrats to MLB, this great sport, on its 200,000th game.
– It’s pretty fitting it was freaking Rockies/Astros then, wasn’t it?
— And the Rockies actually won. It’s a miracle!
- Going for his 25th win, Verlander put up this line: 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
– Against the Orioles.
— He actually gave up all five runs in the first three innings, so PANIC PANIC PANIC AUGH.
—- Matt Angle hit his first career home run off him.
—– The Tigers actually came back from a 5-0 deficit, but lost on a squeeze play in the top of the ninth – by Matt Angle.
—— Did you know Magglio Ordonez has a sixteen-game hitting streak?
- Jon Lester: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R/ER. Naturally, this wasn’t really what Boston needed.
– Luis Ayala has a 1.67 ERA.
— The Yankees beat Boston 9-1, but both teams had nine hits.
—- Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and A-Rod didn’t have any hits at all, and Cano was just 1-for-4.
- Yikes, Felix: 3.1 IP, 12 H (!!!), 7 R/5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
– Against Texas’ hangover lineup of: Esteban German, Endy Chavez, David Murphy, Michael Young, Mitch Moreland, Matt Treanor, Leonys Martin, Craig Gentry, and Andres Blanco.
- The Phillies have lost eight in a row.
– They haven’t won a game since clinching the NL East, over a week ago.
— They STILL have the best record in baseball, which is kinda crazy if you think about it.
—- Today they got swept in a doubleheader by the Mets. The Mets!
—– I am going to be mean and say that the Mets probably could’ve used that at this time in 2007 or 2008…
—— RA Dickey had a no-hitter through six innings. Though of course, God does not want the Mets to have a no-hitter, so it was promptly broken up.
——- Valentino Pascucci home run!
- No hangover for the Diamondbacks, who scored 15 runs tonight.
– with a lineup that didn’t include Justin Upton or Miguel Montero
— Against the Giants.
—- Who are now eliminated from the playoffs entirely. Crazy.
—– Giants pitching walked THIRTEEN. That’s tied for a SF record for a nine inning game, in case you were wondering.
—— Eric Surkamp: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R/ER, 4 BB, 0 K.
——- Barry Zito relief appearance!
——– Henry Blanco tripled.
——— There was a 30-minute blackout.
- Brandon Beachy: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BB, 9 K? That’s just weird.
– Congrats to Chien-Ming Wang on his first career hit and RBI. Of course, he had a career run scored before today, but that came after a reached-on-error. Anything else special about that run scored? (endless sobbing)
— The Braves beat Strasburg, but lost to Wang.
- It is time for the portion of YCPB which is more “Wow, baseball is awfully wacky!” than actually unpredictable!
– The Twins blew a 6-0 lead en route to a loss.
— With the Cubs up 1-0 against the Cardinals (Kyle Lohse: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Rodrigo Lopez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. What.), Carlos Marmol came in for the save. Lance Berkman flied out, but Matt Holliday singled. His pinch-runner stole second and third, but David Freese struck out to leave the Cardinals with just one out left. And then – yep. You know what’s coming. Walk to Yadier Molina. Walk to Skip Schumaker. Walk to Ryan Theriot to force in the tying run. And then, with Rafael Furcal at the plate, Marmol threw a wild pitch, and the Cardinals walked off.
—- Oh, and that wild pitch scored Molina’s pinch-runner – Adron Chambers, of course.