First things first, we are taking suggestions for NL and AL players of the month. We’ll take suggestions both good (the Indians, Sam Fuld) and bad (Carl Crawford, Adam Dunn). Leave ‘em in the comments.
– The Mets were shut out through eight innings by a Phillies pitcher not named Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels, or even Blanton.
— Ryan Howard had six RBIs. The last time a Philly had 6 RBIs in one game against the Mets was in 1985.
— Since August 2009, the Mets have given up 18 grand slams – and hit none themselves.
– Tim Lincecum was pitching against the Nationals tonight, and there was a complete game shutout.
— You probably see where we’re going with this: It wasn’t Tim Lincecum.
— It was Jason Marquis.
—- Who also drove in a run
—– on an 0-2 pitch
—— around his eyeballs.
– Speaking of shutouts, Pittsburgh shut out Colorado at Coors.
– Carlos Santana with the walk-off grand slam.
— This on the day Casey Blake goes on the DL for at least a month because of elbow surgery. Oh.
— The last time the Indians had a walk-off grand slam, it was in 2002, and it was Jim Thome. The Indians actually had two walk-off grand slams in the span of two weeks in 2002; the other was Bill Selby, off Mariano Rivera. h/t @msimonespn
—- The Indians have an 11-game home winning streak.
– Jason Vargas got his first win since August 12, 2010.
— Against Boston.
— Mike Cameron homered twice, and Jack Cust walked twice.
– the Angels had 17 hits, and eight runs, in a game David Price started against them.
— David Price actually gave up 12 hits in 4.1 innings (!!!).
— Seriously, how in the world does Fernando Rodney have a 2.53 ERA?! And that’s after tonight, when he gave up a run in an inning, so it went up
– Robinson Cano had two home runs tonight, and two walks.
— He had only walked once this season so far, and not at all since opening day.
— Cano’s last multi-homer game was actually a year ago today, exactly. (Well, yesterday.)
—- The Yankees still lost.
—– At one point they had bases loaded, nobody out, with Teixeira, A-Rod, and Cano coming up, and they didn’t score.
—— A Blue Jay fell for the fake-to-third-throw-to-first play, only the pitcher threw it into center field.
– With the White Sox leading 3-1, John Danks opened the top of the sixth against the Orioles by striking out Luke Scott, getting Adam Jones to ground out, and striking out Mark Reynolds – only AJ Pierzynski dropped the third strike, and Reynolds got to first base.
— A game-tying home run followed, of course.
— No worries, Brent Lillibridge homered in the bottom half of the inning!
—- With two outs and two on, Adam Jones reached on another error. A game-tying bases loaded walk followed, as did four more runs in the inning to just about blow the game open.
– Craig Kimbrel blew a save against the Cardinals, and then Nick Punto (!!) had the go-ahead triple (!!!) to win the game for them.
— Kimbrel hasn’t struck out any of the last 13 batters he’s faced. For most pitchers, this isn’t a huge deal, but it is for him.