The Reds have the best record in baseball.
Ruben Tejada homered
- Off Matt Cain, at AT&T Park.
– It had been 629 PAs and almost two years since his last home run.
The Pirates won today, their 60th win.
- That’s three more games than they won in 2010.
– And only twelve wins shy of 2011.
Brett Wallace homered twice in the same game.
- Not unpredictable, but the Astros still got crushed.
– Maicer Izturis also homered on the Brewers side of things.
The Dodgers were swept by the Diamondbacks at home, for the first time since 2007.
- The Marlins and Astros have the most shutout losses in the NL at 10; the Dodgers and Padres are second with nine each. The Marlins are 47-56, the Astros 35-71 (!!), the Padres 44-61, and the Dodgers… 56-50. Okay, then.
- The Rangers were down six runs early on, thanks to Yu Darvish: 5 IP, 4 H, 7 R/ER, 6 BB, and 7 K. And 108 pitches in just those five innings.
– The Rangers crept closer, and then actually managed to tie it up on an Ian Kinsler homer in the bottom of the ninth.
— Joe Nathan, who has been excellent this year, came in and gave up three runs, including two home runs, in the top of the tenth.
—- Albert Pujols has hit two homers in each of the past two games. Remember when all the dudes with more homers than Pujols was a hilarious list?
—– The Angels had Ernesto Frieri come in to close the game out, only he was ineffective. So then they sent in… Jason Isringhausen. In 2012. In Arlington.
—— In news that probably doesn’t belong on You CAN’T Predict Baseball, he did not succeed, and the Rangers won on a walk-off.
——- Joe Nathan, winning pitcher.