Francisco Liriano struck out nine in 3.1 innings before surrendering a grand slam.
- He finished with 15 strikeouts, and lost.
– to the As
— who have the same record as the Red Sox.
—- Liriano had 29 swings and misses, the most by any starter in almost five years.
—– Funnily enough, that other starter? Was also a Twin. (Okay, it was Johan Santana.)
Adam Dunn hit a single.
Zack Greinke started a game on Saturday, and was ejected after just four pitches.
- He started Sunday’s game for the Brewers too.
– And then he started today’s game…
— Which means that technically, he started three games in a row for the Brewers.
—- This is the first time that someone has done this since 1917.
—– Rickie Weeks was intentionally walked to load the bases. (Look at his numbers this year and despair.)
—— This was followed by a grand slam… by Cody Ransom.
Juan Uribe infield double.
- Billy Butler hit an infield single.
Mike Napoli stole a base.
Alfonso Soriano was the first Cub player in the Live Ball era (!!) to have at least two home runs, two doubles, and five RBI in a game.
With a hat tip to @chumpy07, the two best bullpens in baseball currently belong to the Pirates and the Orioles.
Before tonight, Scott Downs had given up one earned run in 30 innings. That’s pretty remarkable on its own.
- He’s also 36 years old.
– He came in with a 5-2 lead tonight and surrendered it, raising his ERA all the way to a whopping 1.47.
— Chad Qualls got the win
—- and Erick Aybar homered.
Mark Ellis also homered tonight.
- It was the homer that’d make the difference in the game.
– On a night that Kemp and Ethier got off the DL.