Happy July 4, everyone!
– Ubaldo Jimenez went 6 IP today and gave up 7 ER, including a grand slam. He has given up 17 ER in his last 14.2 IP.
– That grand slam was hit by Travis Ishikawa of the Giants. That was his first career grand slam. He wasn’t the only player to hit his first grand slam today; so did the Rays’ Matt Joyce and the Yankees’ Brett Gardner.
– With that grand slam, Brett Gardner now has as many grand slams as Derek Jeter. Gardner has seven MLB HR, including today. (thanks to RAB commenter JGS.)
– Oh, and Brett Gardner now has more home runs than AL Home Run Derby voting leader Joe Mauer.
– The Royals’ Bruce Chen had a perfect game through 6 IP tonight. Bruce Chen, seriously?
– Today, the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte got his first home win against the Blue Jays since 1999. Pitcher wins are stupid, but how does that even happen??
– The Yankees had scored a total of nine runs in their previous four games. They scored eleven in the third inning today.
– The Yankees have three pitchers with ten wins each. The Orioles have 24 wins, period.
– The Diamondbacks had six errors tonight. At one point in the game, they had just four hits to six errors, though they finished the night with seven hits. That’s unacceptable, they should really fire their manager for that. Oh, wait…
– The Rangers’ Tommy Hunter had a three-pitch inning tonight. There are two other pitchers who have done that this year: Brandon League and Jamie Moyer. Talk about a motley crew…
– Through the fifth inning in the Reds/Cubs game, Reds’ pitcher Johnny Cueto had given up seven hits and five walks, while only striking out two… and he hadn’t given up any runs.
– the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter, who you may have heard is kinda good, got clobbered by the Brewers (3 IP, 9 H, 8 R/7 ER). Making this even crazier is the fact that Carpenter is 15-1 with an ERA under 2 against the NL Central over the past two years.
– Here was the Phillies lineup today:
Jimmy Rollins SS (fine)
Shane Victorino CF (fine)
Jayson Werth RF (fine)
Ryan Howard 1B (fine)
Ben Francisco LF (…okay)
Wilson Valdez 2B (yeah, it only gets uglier from here on out folks)
Cody Ransom 3B
Dane Sardinha C
Kyle Kendrick P
They still scored 12 runs. Then again, they were facing Pittsburgh. Who SHUT THEM OUT last night.
– The Mets have already lost ten games via the walk-off; that’s over a quarter of their total losses.