We’ll start this roundup by mentioning that seeing perfect games is supposed to be an incredibly rare, once-in-a-lifetime thing.
– So, of course, this eleven-month-old baby has seen two of them. This year.
Miguel Cairo hit a home run today.
– It’s the 41st home run of his career (that’s as many as Curtis Granderson had last season alone).
— Miguel Cairo has been playing major league baseball since 1996—17 seasons.
—- The only other players still active who debuted in 1996 are Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibañez, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, Jamey Wright, and Livan Hernandez (Abreu was recently DFA’d).
—– Note: the above list doesn’t include active players who debuted before 1996, which includes Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, and others.
——– Miguel Cairo tripled, too.
Aroldis Chapman gave up a run today.
– To the Cubs.
— Who have scored the fewest runs this season.
Lance Lynn walked the bases loaded…
— And struck out the side. In the same inning.
—- The Cardinals have the best run differential in baseball (+109).
—— They’re eight games back in their own division.
During the Yankees-Red Sox game today, an at-bat occurred that included the following:
– Jon Lester (who wears #31) pitching to Ichiro (who wears #31).
— A 3-1 pitch count…
—- And a 3-1 (first baseman – to – pitcher) putout.
—– Also in this game, Nick Punto had an extra base hit.
—— Pedro Ciriaco has 36 hits this season, and 15 of them have come against the Yankees.
Hanley Ramirez, James Loney, and Luis Cruz homered back-to-back-to-back.
Joaquin Arias homered today, which is unnotable except that…
– It was his second homer in his five-year career.
— It happened at Petco.
Bryan LaHair had two stolen bases today, which doubled his season total.
Pablo Sandoval tripled. It’s not his first of the year, either.
Alcides Escobar had four hits, and not a single one left the infield.
The Brewers bullpen pitched four scoreless innings.
– Unfortunately, protecting a lead was not involved.