Travis Wood–Cincinnati’s pitcher–homered.
-Off Adam Wainwright.
–He was a career .111/.111/.185 hitter coming into the day.
Speaking of Wainwright, he gave up five runs (though only two were earned) and only went five innings.
-It was his first non-quality start in St. Louis since May 5th…of last year
The Yankees had Marcus Thames playing the field, an unimpressive Javy Vazquez on the mound, and the bottom four in their lineup was Lance Berkman, Granderson, Eduardo Nunez, and Francisco Cervelli against a lefty (I know Granderson has been better lately, but his overall vs. LHP numbers are still unimpressive).
-They won 7-5
Jered Weaver lost again, despite giving up just three runs in seven innings.
-He is now 11-11 despite an excellent 3.14 ERA.
Matt Tolbert (4 career triples coming into tonight) tripled twice.
The Orioles beat the Rays.
Josh Johnson struck out 12 in six innings of work.
-in fact, Florida pitching struck out 15 braves.
–Johnson took the loss.
—Jair Jurrjens collected his first road win.
Every one of Pittsburgh’s five pitchers used tonight has an ERA of 5.43 or worse.
-In light of that, it’s probably pretty predictable that they lost their 90th game before Labor Day.
Roy Halladay gave up four home runs.
-That’s pretty unpredictable, but even with that, he still got the win.
–First time in his career that both of those things happened in the same game.
The Padres have lost 9 straight. That’s becoming a big deal because…
The Giants beat the Dodgers.
-They were down 4-0 going into the 7th.
–Jonathan Broxton gave up the game winner to Juan Uribe. There is a lesson in here about not having your closer throw 48 pitches when he threw 18 the night before. Broxton has a 7.71 ERA since the end of July.
—San Francisco is only two games back now.
Clay Buchholz gave up more than one run for the first time since August 6th
-He only gave up two runs, but still took the loss.
In the second game, John Lackey gave up one earned run and struck out seven over seven innings.
-He also took the loss.
Arizona turned to the bullpen with a three run lead in the 8th.
-Aaron Heilman was pulled after two outs, having given up four runs.
–This, sadly, was actually pretty predictable.