First things first, we missed this yesterday, including an hour-long at-bat and a guy getting stuck under a tarp. And, wackiest of all, the Mets beating the Rockies.
On to today…
– As/Rangers got delayed, then called off, four outs away from an official game (with Gio Gonzalez having given up 7 runs in 2.2 innings and Mitch Moreland having hit his first career grand slam). That’s the 21st rainout of this year, the same total as 2010 had all around.
– I hate writing roundups of games where the Yankees lose terribly, but sure: the Yankees gave up four hits to the Royals in 11 innings and lost.
— The Yankees went 2-for-16 with RISP.
– I am gonna tell you about what the Padres did today. I hope you are sitting down.
— They scored five runs in the first two innings. Matt Stauffer, the starting pitcher, had two hits.
— Then they blew it to make it 6-5 Milwaukee (who they were playing).
—- With the score still 6-5 in the top of the eighth, they scored another run to tie it up. But they weren’t done there. Bartlett single, Maybin double, Ludwick homer, Hawpe single, another Bartlett single, and by the time the inning was done they had scored EIGHT RUNS in that inning.
—– They had 23 hits, and 13 runs, in this game.
—— That’s the most hits the Padres have had in one game since they had 24 in an August 2003 game against Atlanta.
——- There was one point in this game where the Padres had 25 hits in their last seven innings. The. Pad. Res.
– Corey Patterson walked for the first time since April 28 today.
— Then again, he was facing John Lackey. Line today: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.
— He walked David Cooper with the bases loaded.
—- And gave up a home run to John McDonald.
—– Rajai Davis and McDonald had seven combined RBI before tonight. They had five in this game.
– Felix: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K, against the Orioles.
— He lost to Chris Tillman and his 6.15 ERA after tonight, where he gave up 1 ER over 6 IP.
– Tigers/Twins was, uh, wacky.
— Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a Victor Martinez RBI, but the Twins battled back for single runs to make it 2-1. Martinez hit a home run to make it 2-2 in the fourth, and he also added an RBI (along with Miguel Cabrera) in the Tigers’ three-run fifth inning. 5-2 Tigers.
— So 5-2, the Twins look lifeless, game probably over. Right? No. In the seventh, they made it 5-3 on a Luke Hughes RBI hit (???), which brought out Daniel Schlereth from the Tigers pen to face the lefty Jason Kubel. Now, Kubel’s been just about the only person having a good season for Minny, but lefties were just two-for-22 off him. With two on, Kubel homered, and Minny led 6-5.
—- In the top of the eighth, Jose Mijares came out and gave up a walk after an out. Gardenhire called on Matt Capps for the five-out save, who of course promptly gave up a go-ahead home run to Jhonny Peralta. 7-6 Tigers. Oh, by the way, Peralta was pinch-hitting for Don Kelly, who’d come in for Miguel Cabrera, who was ejected for arguing a strike call. Got all of that?
—– But then in the bottom of the eighth Joaquin Benoit gave up an infield single to Ben Revere, followed by a double to Matt Tolbert (seriously, who the heck are these people on the 2011 Twins), to re-tie the game. And really, the double should’ve been a single, only Brennan Boesch couldn’t come up with it.
—— Top of the ninth. Ramon Santiago single, followed by a Brandon Inge triple (!?!!!?) that was again, really a misplay by an outfielder, in this case Denard Span. Tigers go ahead 8-7, add another run on a squeeze bunt, and 9-7 Tigers is your final.
——- The Twins are 11.5 games back. 11.5!!!
– And your anti-climactic ending to the night: Alex Cora caused Craig Kimbrel to blow a save.
– I lied because hello West Coast update: the White Sox scored the go-ahead run against the Angels on a wild pitch during an intentional walk in extra innings, after the Angels bullpen exploded White Sox-style.
— The White Sox have won two series in a row!!!