Jason Vargas went 7 innings and gave up one run but took a loss. He is now 9-10 with a 3.62 ERA.
-It was the 13th time this season Seattle was shut out.
–That’s a little misleading. They have been shut out 13 times now, but they have also scored just 1 run another 22 (!) times.
In the bottom of the 1st, the Royals led by six runs. In the top of the 7th, they trailed by six runs.
Kevin Gregg gave up his 7th run (6th earned) against the Rays in 7 innings this year.
-He got the win when Rafael Soriano blew the game.
–As if Soriano blowing it wasn’t weird enough (he has been lights out this year), he blew it on a single to Aaron Hill and a walk-off home run to Adam Lind. Both Hill and Lind had .281 OBPs coming into the day.
Roy Oswalt threw a CG 4-hit shutout in two hours and fifteen minutes. He still has a losing record, and was 6-13 at one point.
-One of those hits was by the opposing pitcher.
Pitcher Dustin Moseley called off the infielders and caught a Julio Borbon popup himself.
–Cliff Lee had a no-hitter through 5.1 innings. That’s not so unpredictable, but it was broken up by Eduardo Nunez. Nunez’s single was the first ball hit past the infield.
—Even crazier, Lee walked three batters. He had 12 walks on the whole season coming in.
–Texas swept the Yankees, marking the first time this season New York was swept three games.
The last place Pirates scored three runs in the ninth to beat the first place Reds.
Florida won 6-5 despite going 1-11 with RISP.
-Mike Stanton hit two home runs, giving him 20 on the year.
Josh Beckett walked four batters in a row in the third inning.
-On 21 pitches (4, 6, 5, 6).
Kyle Lohse (7.13 ERA coming into the day) outdueled Tim Hudson (2.41 ERA coming into the day).
Mat Latos gave up four runs for the first time since April 26th. He hadn’t even given up three since June 4th.
-Tim Lincecum drove in two runs. All five of his RBIs have come in two games.
Ian Kennedy threw 6 innings of 2-hit shutout ball.
-Of course, letting the Arizona bullpen pitch three innings is never a good idea. Sure enough, they gave up four runs and lost the game. The Diamondbacks are now 7-7 when Kennedy throws a quality start.
–The last two runs came on a pinch-hit walk-off home run by Jason Giambi.