Pitcher A: 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 unearned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Pitcher B: 4.1 innings, 6 hits, 6 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Pitcher A is Anibal Sanchez, who turned in a solid effort against Washington. Pitcher B? Stephen Strasburg, whose ERA rose three quarters of a run in what is easily his worst professional outing.
With Mark Teixeira’s wife giving birth and Robinson Cano sick, The Yankees sent out a lineup featuring Francisco Cervelli (hitting .194 since June 1st), Ramiro Pena (OPS+ of 29), Marcus Thames (batting THIRD!), Austin Kearns, and Lance Berkman (hitting .185 against lefties this year) against tough lefty CJ Wilson. They scored three runs, which was enough to send the game to extra innings. The Rangers then walked off against Mariano Rivera. The last time that happened was well, never. In fact, Rivera hadn’t given up a run of any kind in Arlington in over ten years.
Not to be outdone by his former club in terms of trotting out offensively inept lineups, here is Joe Torre’s starting nine:
Scott Podsednik (OPS+ of 49 since joining the Dodgers)
Ryan Theriot (OPS+ of 70 since joining the Dodgers)
Andre Ethier (hitting .243 with a .700 OPS since returning from the DL on May 31st. That he still has an OPS+ of 137 tells you how hot he started the year)
James Loney (.326 OBP/.742 OPS on the road. This from the cleanup hitter)
Casey Blake (OPS+ of 97 for the year)
Jay Gibbons (more on him later)
Jamie Carroll (OPS+ of 95 for the year)
Brad Ausmus (4-20 with a double for the season for this 41 year old catcher)
Vicente Padilla (career .111 hitter with an OPS+ of -16)
-Of course, the Dodgers hit over .500 with RISP and score 15 runs.
–Jay Gibbons hit a home run. This is the same Jay Gibbons who the Orioles (who would lose 93 games that year) cut out of Spring Training in 2008. Since then, he has done tours with the Long Island Ducks and the Newark Bears. This was second big league game since 2007, and his first home run since July 17th of that year (which he hit off King Felix).
Speaking of King Felix, he struck out 13 over 8 shutout innings to pick up the win.
-It was his first win since a CG win at Yankee Stadium on July 10th.
–In the five starts in between, he went winless while averaging 7.1 innings per start and pitching to a 2.70 ERA and 1.091 WHIP over 36.2 innings.
Jose Bautista hit his still-ML-leading 35th home run. As long as he keeps hitting them, I will keep mentioning him.
-JP Arencibia gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury from the crouch. It was Ellsbury’s first CS on the year. He had a good jump, too.
Arizona won a 2-1 game. Their bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.
The Mets, 8-18 over their last 26 games, beat Ubaldo Jimenez.
-Ubaldo gave up 1 run over 7 innings and struck out 8, but took the loss.
–He still has only 3 no-decisions this year, and the Rockies are 18-5 in his starts.
Whatever the Orioles have been drinking since Buck Showalter took over, I want some. With a 14-8 thrashing of Cleveland, they are only one half game worse than the Pirates. By tomorrow, the Orioles might not be the worst team in baseball.
After Jonny Venters coughed up the lead in the 8th, Matt Lindstrom gave it right back on a home run to Brooks Conrad, who was pinch hitting for an injured Chipper Jones.