The Marlins won three of four against the Giants.
- In 10 games in a row against the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Giants, the Marlins went 7-3.
– They hit three homers today, tying their season high.
Raul Ibanez hit two homers.
- He now has 17 on the year. He is 41.
– The single-season record for a player age 41+ is 29, set in Ted Williams’ final season in 1960.
— Oliver Perez got the win with two scoreless innings as the Mariners walked off.
—- Perez has as many wins as James Shields.
—– His ERA is under 1, and is 1.57 in 57.1 innings since his return to the Majors last season.
—— Jeremy Bonderman’s ERA is 3.30.
——- And that’s including a 7 ER in 4.2 IP disaster against the Twins.
Ivan Nova, making a spot start, allowed three runs in 6.2 innings.
- He didn’t allow an extra-base hit. Last year, he led the majors in XBH allowed.
– Fernando Rodney pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Astros collected 13 hits.
- They lost though.
– Because the Cubs scored 14 runs!
— Ryan Sweeney drove in six of them.
The Blue Jays have won eleven in a row, matching the franchise record.
- Despite 18 runs scoring, the game was played in 2:36.
Mat Latos struck out 13 Diamondbacks in seven innings, but Aroldis Chapman struck out none in his one inning of work.
The Pirates swept an interleague series on the road for the first time ever.
- Their last game with the Angels was a wacky one.
– In the second inning, the Angels scored two runs on a groundout to second.
— Going into the top of the ninth, the Angels held a 6-3 lead. The pitcher of record for Anaheim was… Joe Blanton, who is 1-10, and the Angels were 2-12 in his starts.
—- Ernesto Frieri, who hadn’t given up a run since May 29, blew the save.
—– And the Pirates took a 10-6 lead in the top of the tenth – which means they scored seven runs in just two innings.
—— Still, the Pirates’ excellent closer, Jason Grilli – pretty YCPB in itself – allowed three runs in the bottom of the tenth, before closing it out by retiring Mike Trout (!) with the tying and go-ahead runners on second and third (!!!).
——- Tony Sanchez, in his first big league at-bat, hit a ball that got stuck in the wall.
——– Something you don’t see often in AL games–the Pirates lost their DH when McCutchen entered the game in the ninth, and had to pinch hit for Mark Melancon when his spot came up in the 10th.
——— Joe Blanton struck out 6, bringing him up to 34 in the month of June. That’s the most in the AL. The Angels have lost all four of his June starts.
———- All this, and the Pirates have the second-best record in all of MLB.
Jesse Crain gave up runs, just his 3rd, 4th, and 5th of the year.
- But they were unearned, so his ERA goes down to 0.52 anyway. (h/t @bhindepmo)
– James Shields still only has two wins.
Meanwhile, Brandon League picked up his third win of the year.
Justin Verlander only lasted five innings.
- He also allowed four runs. His ERA on the year is 3.90
– Despite that, the game was tied entering the bottom of the 8th, when the Tigers led off with this.
— Another error followed that, and the Tigers scored three runs in the inning on one hit.
—- Jose Iglesias watch: 0-3, got hit by a pitch. .426/.479/.565 on the year in 121 PAs.
—– Victor Martinez!
As if one situation where the ball was probably dropped on the transfer but was ruled an error wasn’t enough for one day, it also happened to Ben Revere. This one was a bit more clear-cut (and the Mets booth, usually wonderful, is wrong in their interpretation here).
- Matt Harvey got a win.
– He also chipped in an RBI double.
— Despite a 2.44 ERA in his last 12 starts, he is just 3-1, and that’s after getting wins in two starts in a row.
—- David Wright hit a homer, triple, and two doubles, but no single.
—– Falling a triple short of the cycle is very common. It’s already happened 91 times this season. However, Wright is the first player this year to be just a single short of the cycle.
—— In fact, he is just the 25th player since 1916 to have a homer, triple, and at least two doubles in a game but no single.