–For the first time in history (okay, the first time in seven tries), the Padres swept a series at Wrigley.
—-They were helped in their efforts by this play in which Will Venable took home on “defensive indifference”.
——Yes, you read that right.
–Sergio Mitre pitched three not-so-scoreless innings for a save in an 11-5 Yankee win.
—-That shows you how much saves are overrated.
——The Yankees scored nine runs in the sixth inning.
——–They hit for the cycle in that inning.
–A couple of minor league notes: in one inning tonight, Trenton (AA) sent 8 men to the plate and scored 2 runs on 0 hits.
—-Jose Pirela (A+), who had three total HR since 2007, hit two tonight.
–Cliff Lee has walked just two more all season (10) than Edwin Jackson did in his no-hitter.
—-this didn’t happen tonight, but someone noticed so I had to include it.
—Via @bkabak, Pavano is just the 21st pitcher since 1962 to give up 15 hits in 6 IP or fewer. (link)
—–He didn’t walk any one.
——-Last player to do these things was also a Twin. (via @jessespector
———–The White Sox ended with 21 total hits.
—Michael Morse hit a home run today.
—-It was his ninth of the season.
——It came against the Braves.
——–The first home run that Atlanta has allowed since August 8th.
———-That’s over 80 innings.
–Jonathan Sanchez won today.
—-It’s the first time a Giants starting pitcher has won in fifteen tries.
——Meanwhile the Phillies did not score for Cole Hamels.
——-They have not done so since August 1st.
———-Pablo Sandoval hit a home run.
————-His slugging on the road is in the .280s.
–Baltimore beat Texas.
—-They swept Texas in Arlington, and now shut the Rangers out at Camden Yards.
——The Rangers really don’t like the road, do they?
——–Neither, for that matter, do the Mets.
———–The Mets haven’t won back-to-back games on the road in a National League ballpark all season (It’s AUGUST 19TH!!!)
—————The Mets and Astros scored 21 runs over their four-game series.
–The Indians had five errors tonight.
—-They still won, 7-3.
–The Angels actually beat the Red Sox.
—The first time in 10 games the team has played this season.
—–so yes, it is unpredictable.
–At this point the Diamondbacks’ Pen would have more success if they took the kids from the Little League World Series and had them pitch instead.
–Ted Lilly: complete game two-hit shutout.
—-With 11 strike outs.
—–It was his fourth win in four starts for the Dodgers
——He won three games in 18 starts for the Cubs