- The Braves scored as many runs tonight as they did over their past five games combined.
- h/t @baseballin140 for pointing this out: last night, Placido Polanco made the error that led to the Cubs’ eventual winning run. Tonight, he hit the grand slam that won it for the Phillies. Baseball is pretty awesome like that.
- There were two outs and no one on in As/White Sox, with the White Sox up 5-3, when this happened:
— Willingham walk. To 2B on defensive indifference. Matsui single, scores Willingham. Daric Barton walk. Kurt Suzuki hit by pitch. SCOTT SIZEMORE BASES-LOADED DOUBLE! Now it’s 7-5, with the As winning.
— the As scored 7 runs! 7!
—- and hey, they won a game!!!
- The Rays were no-hit through 5. Did we hop back a year in a time machine?
— W/L is silly, but Jake Arietta, who did it, is 8-3 on a meh Orioles team with an unspectacular 4.48 ERA.
- As long as we’re talking about the Braves and White Sox, before tonight’s game, Atlanta had a 45% stolen base success rate and Chicago, 48%. In case you don’t know, that’s terrible.
- Chris Narveson pitched eight innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals.
— Kyle Lohse remembered he’s Kyle Lohse and gave up 4 ER in 5 IP with three walks.
- Michael Young was 4-for-39 in June before tonight’s game against Minnesota.
— He went 3-for-3 in tonight’s game.
— This was Texas’ first win in eight games at Target Field.
- All kinds of bullpen grossness tonight. The Rockies led 6-0 going into the top of the ninth against the Dodgers and ended up using Huston Street – who allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up a run of his own, and got a save.
— The Yankees had an 11-2 lead after 7, and had to use four relievers to get the six outs to end the game – including Mariano freaking Rivera.
— Kevin Whelan (a Yankee reliever called up today) gave up no hits but walked four in 0.2 innings. Mariano Rivera walked six batters all of 2008.
—- Grady Sizemore struck out swinging twice against Ivan Nova.
—– Actually, Ivan Nova struck out six in seven innings tonight.
—— Robinson Cano walked!
- The Rockies gave up five runs in the ninth. The Marlins gave up four runs in the seventh. The Yankees gave up four runs in the ninth. The Phillies gave up five runs in the eighth (with Roy Halladay pitching).
— All these teams won.