There were two fifteen-inning games today. Two!
- One involved a Twins win, and the other involved a Royals win.
– There was a rain delay in Brewers/Twins in the eleventh inning.
— Minnesota’s bullpen pitched nine shutout innings, and this without Matt Capps at all. Not that he would’ve helped, probably. Is that too mean?
—- Yuniesky Betancourt got the hit to win the game for the Royals.
—– This after he didn’t even start the game.
—— Billy Butler also didn’t start the game, but 0-2 with two outs and pinch-hitting, he hit the game-tying home run to send it to extras.
——- Alex Gordon walked five times in this game. He’s the first AL player to do that in over two years.
Pedro Alvarez had two two-homer days in a row.
- Asdrubal Cabrera made three errors that led to eight runs (!!!).
Max Scherzer already has six games with nine or more strikeouts.
- His ERA is 5.17.
Johnny Cueto walked Chris Young with the bases loaded.
- Chris Young is 6’10″, so… big strike zone.
– Also, pitcher.
— And the Reds won, and indeed that was the only Met run of the day.
—- The Mets got swept by the Reds at home right after the Mets dismantled Tampa and swept them while at the Trop. This year doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, either.
Let me remind you that even after getting swept by the Yankees this weekend the Nationals are still 38-26
- and in first place by four games.
– All this, and Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .229/.300/.323.
The Diamondbacks haven’t scored in 21 innings.
- They lost 2-0 on back-to-back days.
The Padres are 24-43, but 6-3 against the AL.
- They have ten road wins, and four are against the AL.
Through 5 IP, emergency starter for Boston Franklin Morales has struck out nine.
- That’s Beckett’s season high in strikeouts in a single game this year, by the way.