- Well Ben Zobrist had a nice day.
— The Rays played a doubleheader against the Twins today. He had EIGHT RBIs in the first game, which is an all-time single-game Rays record, and two in the second, to give him a meager 10 RBIs today.
— He had six RBIs all of last July.
—- Hanley Ramirez, Justin Morneau, Jayson Werth, and Carl Crawford don’t have ten RBIs all year.
—– He has 16 RBIs over the past four games. No player has done that since 2002 (Sammy Sosa, if you were wondering).
—— Zobrist had more RBIs today than Rays runs scored in the first six games of the season.
——- h/t @sabometrics, Zobrist entered today with a .482 SLG and left it with a .602 SLG.
——– I should also note that in the first Rays/Twins game, Casey Kotchman hit a home run (in Target Field!) and Michael Cuddyer was tagged out trying to stretch a single into a double down 13-3.
——— In the second game, Jeff Niemann and his 7.08 ERA entering tonight threw six no-hit innings where he faced the minimum. He ended up going seven innings of one-run ball. Twins are doin’ greaaaat.
– The Indians have the best record in baseball, the best run differential in baseball, and the biggest lead in any division.
– White Sox/Yankees.
— The White Sox never scored more than three runs in any of these four games, and they still split the series.
— the Yankees were being no-hit through four innings tonight and they were still leading 2-0.
—- They opened the fifth inning like thus: Brett Gardner HR (!!!), Eduardo Nunez double, Curtis Granderson triple, Nick Swisher single. So they literally hit for the cycle in four batters, after having no hits beforehand.
—– Before he had a double later in the game, Brett Gardner’s last three hits were all home runs.
—— Will Ohman, he of the 8.22 ERA, 1.696 WHIP, and 11.7 H/9 (obviously, SSS caveat) came in with the bases loaded and nobody out. He got the outs without giving up any runs at all.
——- This game was the end of the White Sox’s 11-game road trip. Adam Dunn, Gordon Beckham, and AJ Pierzynski didn’t score any runs on the entire trip, and Alexei Ramirez only did after they were already losing 9-0 to the Yankees.
——– Perhaps to show their offensive futility, I should note that tonight, the White Sox had runners on second and third with nobody out in the top of the first, with their 3-4-5 coming up, but got no runs out of it – and were out of the inning in only 11 pitches total.
——— The Yankees’ backup catcher Gustavo Molina got the first double of his career since 2007, and the second overall, on a pop fly that the White Sox left fielder and shortstop converged on but couldn’t decide who would catch it. Oops.
– However, the Yankees’ fifth inning had some competition from the Diamondbacks’ first inning, also known as Ryan Dempster’s No Good Very Bad Day. Which has been his season so far.
— But even he hasn’t been THIS bad. 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 0 K, 7 R/7 ER, including a grand slam. It’s kind of surprising that this early, a start that bad still means his ERA is “only” 9.58.
– Toronto beat Texas 5-2. The eventual winning run scored in the top of the ninth with a squeeze bunt, but they added insurance runs on some Texas derp, including a ball bouncing off Adrian Beltre’s chest, and the Rangers throwing away the tag in a rundown into center field.
– The Mariners swept the Tigers. First time that’s happened since 2003.
– Ryan Vogelsong picked up the win in the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the Pirates. It was his first win as a starter since September 19, 2004, where he beat the Mets 1-0. He outdueled… Aaron Heilman. Jose Mesa got the save.
— His last start, period, was September 29, 2004.
— He also struck out eight today.