Jon Lester came into the day with a 4.80 ERA and having a generally lousy season.
-Brett Lawrie hit the first pitch he threw out of the park.
–Lester would turn in the worst start of his career, giving up 11 runs in 4+ innings, and four homers.
—Including one to Rajai Davis.
—-That’s actually Davis’ fifth homer of the year, matching his career high.
—–Lester’s ERA is now 5.46, fifth worst in the AL.
——He is just four earned runs away from his career high, set in nearly 100 more innings back in 2009.
——-Lost in the shuffle was Henderson Alvarez allowing seven earned runs in 5.2 innings.
——–He got the win, tying him for the most earned runs allowed in a win this season.
———By Game Score, Lester’s start (-3) was the second-worst outing by any pitcher this season, and Alvarez’s was the third worst by a starter “earning” a win.
———-The Blue Jays scored 15 runs, a season high, without Jose Bautista.
Matt Moore threw 8 innings for the first time.
-And lost to the Mariners.
–8 innings of one-run ball for Blake Beavan.
—Ichiro’s OBP is down to .288. Eesh.
Not unpredictable in the slightest, but congrats to Miguel Cabrera on his 300th homer.
-It was quite the shot, too. 457 feet per ESPN.
–Quintin Berry homer!
The Mets bullpen’s collective ERA is up to 5.05 after blowing up in the 12th.
-For just the second time all year, the Dodgers won a Nathan Eovaldi start.
–Josh Wall made his major league debut and pitched a scoreless 11th. He got the win.
—He’s the second non-starter to win his debut this year.
—-The Mets outhit the Dodgers 16-14, but still lost by five runs.
Aroldis Chapman has struck out at least two batters in 11 of his last 12 appearances. In that 12th, he only faced one batter, and struck him out.
-Cesar Izturis triple.
Ryan Doumit hit two homers.
-That’s actually his second multihomer game of the year.
Five straight wins for the Pirates, who are 14 games over .500.
Bobby Wilson, slugging .221, homered off Matt Harrison.
-Pujols homered too. His last 272 PAs (not including tonight), he is hitting .326/.404/.601.
The Athletics swept the Yankees in four games in Oakland.
-All four games were one-run affairs, and two were walkoff wins.
–Brandon Inge and Kurt Suzuki (!!!) homered off CC Sabathia.
—Then Seth Smith took Rafael Soriano deep to tie the game in the ninth.
—-The last time the Yankees were swept in a four game series was 2003. The last time Oakland did it was in 1972. The last it happened in Oakland was never (thanks @yestoresearch).
—–The last time the Yankees lost a game in Oakland before this series was April 2010. You might remember it from the “get off my mound” act from Dallas Braden.
——Suzuki homered off Sabathia in that game too.
——-In fact, Suzuki has four career homers off Sabathia. He has never hit three homers off anyone else.
——–Oakland is 9-1 since the Break and 13-2 since July 1st.
———They have eight walkoff wins in their last sixteen home games.