It’s literally 3 AM and I was gonna go to bed, but then I remembered this. Whoopsie! Hope this is up to everyone’s usual high standards. 😉
– Yeah, make that six straight wins after the break for the Indians…
— But maybe because they’re playing the Twins, who had Joe Mauer sacrifice bunt with one out and runners on first and second tonight.
– The Red Sox had an early 4-0 lead against punchless Oakland… and lost.
– The Royals had 11 hits… and 1 run.
– The Pirates scored 9 runs in the first inning. That’s not a typo. Oh, and the Pirates’ pitcher who was given that 9-run lead was pulled before the Brewers pitcher who gave up those nine runs.
– The Cubs were losing to the Astros 6-0 after three and a half innings and 7-1 after four and a half… and actually rallied to win and, in fact, turn it into a 14-7 laugher. All this on the day Lou Piniella announced his retirement, too. Remember when Aramis Ramirez was having a terrible year? He had three home runs and 7 RBIs tonight.
– The winning pitcher in the Phillies/Cardinals game tonight: (Chris) Carpenter (of St. Louis). The losing pitcher: (Andrew) Carpenter (of Philadelphia).
– The Orioles are 7-3 in extra-inning games this season. Today, they had back-to-back-to-back home runs against a member of Tampa’s pitching staff.
— The Rays, who are, you know, good, scored 10 runs against the Orioles who are, you know, not… and lost.
— The WPA graph from this game is fun.
– I can’t quite summarize what happened at the end of the Giants/Dodgers game, so check this out. Basically: Joe Torre got ejected and Don Mattingly took over as manager and apparently made a pretty big boo-boo.
— Oh, and Tim Lincecum’s line for tonight, not terribly pretty: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 80 pitches/43 strikes. After 3, the Giants trailed 5-1. They won despite all that.
— Look away, Dodger fans.