–Francisco Cervelli, he of the slugging percentage that’s under .200 since the All Star Break (or was, anyway), went 4-4.
—It’s been a weird series for the Yankees; yesterday, with ace CC Sabathia on the mound they won a 12-9 slugfest; today, with rookie Ivan Nova making his second ever Major League start, won a 2-1 game.
–Jered Weaver pitched eight innings of one run ball and struck out eleven.
—-To the Orioles.
——The Orioles not only won the season series versus the Angels, they swept them, and pitched their first back-to-back shutouts since 2007 (@birdlandinsider and @mlb). Alas, that couldn’t help the Orioles–they’ve been officially eliminated from postseason contention.
–WHEE! (Just go look at the WPA graph. It’s way more fun than me sitting you here boring you with it…)
—-That’s Nuñez’s eighth blown save; the only effective reliever for the Marlins (wait for it, Yankee fans)….Jose Veras.
–The Cubs had fourteen hits and just five runs (predictably, perhaps, they lost).
–The Padres had four errors. They lost.
—They were swept by the Phillies, the same team that had just been swept by the Astros.
—-Since late MAY, Cole Hamels is 2-8 with an ERA of 3.23. Seriously, go look up his game logs–we’ll probably write a longer post about his shenanigans at a later date, but it’s pretty incredible.
–Tyler Clippard, who is solely a reliever, has as many decisions as Kyle Kendrick (25 starts), and more wins than Zack Greinke, Ian Kennedy, Ted Lilly and Edwin Jackson.
–Via @mikeaxisa: The 1998 Red Sox were 79-54 on this date, would be 3rd best in baseball today. They were 18.5 games back.
–Ryan Raburn homered twice today. It increased his season total to ten.
—Jose Bautista did not.