Only ten games tonight, but plenty of goodies:
Mike Stanton hit his 12th home run. This guy came up in June and has more home runs than anyone currently on the Royals (no one in KC has more than 10 besides the recently DFAed Jose Guillen).
Gavin Floyd gave up 6 runs in 6.2 innings to Minnesota. It was his first outing of more than two earned runs since June 2nd. That’s right, he had a 1.19 ERA over his last 12 starts (11 earned runs in 83.1 innings).
Prior to tonight, Mark Teixeira was 9-14 with a single, a walk, two doubles, and six home runs (.643/.667/2.071/2.738) off
his personal BP pitcher Bruce Chen. He went 0-2 with a sac fly before Chen was lifted.
-Speaking of Mark Teixeira, he stepped in against Kanekoa Texeira in the 7th. Tex won the battle by inducing a flyout.
–Curtis Granderson went 2-2 off lefties and 0-1 with a walk off righties.
—Billy Butler grounded into his 25th double play of the year. The single-season record is 36, but no one not named Jim Rice has ever GIDPed more than 32 times in a season. There have only been 15 instances of a player with 30 GIDPs in a season, and only Rice (three times) is on that list more than once.
—-After Sabathia was lifted with two outs in the ninth, David Robertson gave up an extra base hit to Willie Bloomquist (who has more triples than home runs, and more than 80% of his hits have been singles), and an infield single to Wilson Betemit (5 career stolen bases) before striking out Jason Kendall (only 5 qualified AL hitters have fewer strikeouts). All this while a non-Rivera Yankee recorded a save.
Johan Santana bailed out his beleaguered closer with a CG 4-hit shutout. All the hits were singles–no Rocky ever stood on second base, only one reached third, and that was in the second inning. That’s 17 straight scoreless innings for Johan, whose ERA is now under 3.
The Orioles lost. That is surprising these days. With their win last night, they ceded their title of “worst team in baseball” to the Pirates, who lost again tonight and remain 1/2 game behind Baltimore. Who would have thought that their upcoming series in Tampa would be something to keep an eye on?
Up in Toronto, John Lackey turned in one of his better outings since joining the Red Sox, giving up two runs in an efficient 8 innings and had a 5-2 lead when he took the ball to start the ninth. YCPB favorite Jose Bautista led off the inning with his 36th home run. In came Jonathan Papelbon with a two run lead. Six batters, one out, and Bard coming in to relieve Papelbon mid-inning later, the Blue Jays walked off.
-Jed Lowrie hit his 5th career home run and first of the year
–This was the tenth time this year the Red Sox have lost a game in which they led by three or more runs. That’s tied with Cleveland for the worst in the Majors (h/t @rebexarama)
And then there is the Dodgers. They led 9-2 in the middle of the 8th and at one point had a 99.6% chance of winning the game.
-The Phillies scored eight runs in the final two innings with the benefit of only two extra-base hits, both doubles. They also had a ball go right through Casey Blake’s legs.
–Since and including the outing against the Yankees on June 27th in which he threw 48 pitches the night after throwing 19 pitches in a 9-4 game, Jonathan Broxton has a 9.88 ERA over 14 appearances.