Congratulations to Philip Humber of the White Sox, who threw a perfect game today.
- The last out was on a 3-2 check swing that the hitter might not have actually swing at.
–(Update): Actually, there is a side view here (at about 2:00 in) that looks like he did in fact go. Good call.
— This was the first time Humber’s pitched in the ninth inning in his career.
- Mike Pelfrey pitched eight very strong innings, and came out for the ninth with the Mets up 4-1.
– A variety of Mets relievers were not effective, but eventually, there were two outs, two on (first and second), and a 3-2 count on Brandon Belt, who popped up…
— And then, this happened. We’re going to make the obligatory cheap joke and say they were paying tribute to Luis Castillo.
—- Due to a variety of switches, the Giants had Aubrey Huff playing second base in the bottom of the ninth inning. You heard right.
—– Of course, the Giants got an easy double play ball… but Huff wasn’t covering second base, and the hesitation by the shortstop in looking over for Huff cost the Giants any outs at all.
—— With the bases loaded and one out, the Giants got a ground ball. They threw home for the force play, and then went to first for the out there, only the ball was thrown away and the winning run scored.
——- Deadspin has the delightful video. Really, you gotta watch it.
——– As @sforangeman pointed out, the Mets won on two double play balls.
And uh, Yankees/Red Sox.
- The Yankees were down 9-0 after five, and 9-1 after six.
– This was when the fun started. Felix Doubront – who’d pitched six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts – was removed for the Boston bullpen.
— The Yankees then proceeded to have back-to-back seven run innings to take the lead.
—- Most of the damage came off the bats of Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. The 12 RBIs they had in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings were more than A-Rod, Cano, and Andruw Jones have all year. Combined. (h/t Jack Curry)
—– In the 7th and 8th innings, the Yankees’ 7th-place hitters made four outs, total. Twenty other batters batted, and made two outs. (h/t @junkstats)
—— Tex came into today with one home run and five RBI. He had two home runs and six RBIs today.
——- Boston bullpen: 3 IP, 12 H, 14 R/ER, 5 BB, 2 K. Yeah, they’ve been bad, but that is super special.
——– They gave up 10 ER in 1 IP
——— Alfredo Aceves got a loss!
———- Both he and Vicente Padilla gave up 5+ runs while getting one or no outs. It’s only the sixth time in history two teammates have given up that many runs and gotten that few outs in one game. (h/t @junkstats)
We know the Rangers are good, but they scored eight runs against the Tigers in the first game of their doubleheader today.
- in the first inning
– before the first out could be recorded.
— Ian Kinsler had a single, a triple, a stolen base, and 2 RBI… in one inning.
AJ Burnett made his Pirates debut and pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven
- against the Cardinals
– he did this after he loaded the bases with nobody out in the first.
Meanwhile, Roy Halladay walked three in one inning.
- The last time that happened was July 2004.
– And he walked three in a row. He’s never walked three batters in a row.
— All this against the Padres.
—- The Padres beat the Phillies, and Halladay
—– The Phillies had won 13 straight against the Padres at Petco.
h/t @mike_petriello, the Dodgers only have four players, total, with home runs.
- And it was three before tonight.