Los Angeles Angels 13, Baltimore Orioles 1
The Los Angeles Angels remain ultra-hot, as they crushed the Baltimore Orioles into submission Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales drove in four runs on three hits, Mike Trout had four hits and one of the best homer-robbing catches you will ever see, and Torii Hunter went yard for the 10th time this season. Jered Weaver didn’t need to, but he pitched very well (6 2/3 IP, ER, BB, 6 K) to win the ballgame. One of the coolest moments of the game occurred when Trout robbed J.J. Hardy of an obvious home run and Weaver took the time to literally tip his cap to his 20-year-old center fielder. Adam Jones drove in the only Oriole run.
Roy Oswalt got hit around in his second Rangers start, but Doug Fister was abused even worse. David Murphy did plenty of damage all on his own, going 4-5 with two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored. Adrian Beltre also had himself a three-hit game. The Tigers attempted to make a comeback, as Quintin Berry, Alex Avila, and Jhonny Peralta all had three-hit games in the loss. Joe Nathan was able to calm the Detroit offense down in the ninth to secure the win.
The Yankees won the game, but they will potentially lose Andy Pettitte for a couple of months after a batted ball struck him in the ankle. I guess this is at least proof that Casey Kotchman is capable of hitting a ball hard. Robinson Cano had another big day for New York, as he went 3-4 with his 18th home run, drove in two, and scored two. Eric Chavez also drove in a trio in the win. Jason Kipnis had two hits and drove in a run for Cleveland.
As has become customary all season long, the White Sox won with a solid start from Chris Sale and mashing from Adam Dunn. Sale went seven strong innings, allowing just two earned runs and striking out five. Dunn had three hits and four RBI, and he cleared the fence for the 24th time this season. The Twins tried to put up a fight late, but fell extremely short. Brian Dozier hit a solo shot, while Darin Mastroianni hit the first home run of his big league career.
The final game of this offensive-minded series went to the Red Sox despite another shaky start from the previously awesome Jon Lester. David Ortiz homered, walked three times, and scored four times. Adrian Gonzalez, recently dropped in the lineup, showed signs of life with two hits and three RBI. The Jays were the recipients of home runs from Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, a pair of hitters who have now combined for 47 bombs on the year. Bautista has reclaimed the MLB lead with 25 home runs.
And just like that, the Royals have completed a sweep of the superior Rays! Kansas City got out to an early 4-0 lead and managed to hold thanks to Billy Butler‘s 15th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mike Moustakas also homered in the victory, while Ben Zobrist had three hits (including a double and a triple) for the Rays. After completing the sweep, the Royals are a very reasonable five games out of first place.
Jarrod Parker dominated the Mariners to win his fourth game of the season in a daytime contest Wednesday. Parker pitched seven innings, struck out nine, and allowed just one earned run. Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes provided the offense, as each of them contributed a solo home run. Cespedes is now slugging over .500 after his most recent fence-defeating strike. The only Mariner run came on a John Jaso solo homer, and the Seattle catcher added a single and a walk to his performance.
The Reds took the first two games of this series, but the Brewers were able to claim the third thanks to plenty of early offense and having Zack Greinke. Greinke went six innings while allowing just two earned runs, and he enjoyed home runs from Rickie Weeks and Cody Ransom. Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of solo home runs for the losing Reds, and Joey Votto went ahead and hit what is already his 32nd double. What a beast.
So the Mets just absolutely unloaded on the poor Cubs. Five players had multi-hit games and four players drove in at least four runs. Daniel Murphy hit two dingers, Ike Davis and Scorr Hairston each hit one, and David Wright led the pack with five RBI. Fifteen of the 17 Met runs were plated between the fourth and sixth innings. Jonathan Niese didn’t get lazy in spite of all the run support, as he went seven innings, allowed one run, and struck out six. If you were curious, Luis Valbuena was the dude that drove in the only Chicago run.
Not only did the Dodgers just get shut out for the third straight game, the are now exactly tied with the Giants for first place in the National League West. But wait! It gets worse. Andre Ethier left the game early due to injury, and things looked right with Tim Lincecum. Suddenly San Francisco is looking like the team to beat in the West. Lincecum allowed no runs and just six baserunners to go along with his eight strikeouts in seven innings. Brandon Crawford had three hits, while Angel Pagan drove in a couple of runs. If the Dodgers are going to stay in this thing, they need a bat or four.
The D-Backs rode home runs from Ryan Roberts and Chris Young in a four-run seventh to narrow the gap, but the Braves were able to hold on for the win. Tommy Hanson logged a quality start to take home his ninth win, while Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones both went deep in the win. Heyward’s season just keeps getting better, as the future star is now hitting .282/.354/.520. Craig Kimbrell struck out the side per usual to earn his 22nd save.
The Cardinals got out to an early lead thanks to a sac fly from Carlos Beltran and a run-scoring double from David Freese. Anibal Sanchez settled down for the most part, though St. Louis was able to reclaim the lead on the first career homer from Tony Cruz in the seventh. Fortunately for the Marlins, John Buck and Logan Morrison were able to hit back-to-back shots to give Miami a much-needed win. Heath Bell was able to close this one out and end the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.
I’m still confused as to why it took three games in this series for one of them to end up in a 1-0 final. Lucas Harrell went the distance for a complete game shutout, striking out seven and walking four in the process. Matt Downs went to the trouble to leave the yard in the third inning to score what would be the only run in the game and the final run of this dreadful series.
it’s just been a tough year to be the Phillies. The offense is finally looking a lot better, as Chase Utley returned with his first home run in his first at-bat and Ryan Howard is starting to rehabilitate his large self. Carlos Ruiz homered yet again, and seven runs is typically enough to win. The Pirates thought otherwise, though, as they were able to put up crooked numbers early and often. Michael McKenry homered and drove in four, Andrew McCutchen homered and went deep again, and Neil Walker had three hits. James McDonald got another win in this one.
Jordan Zimmermann gave up just one run in seven innings and let his offense do the rest. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the second straight day and drove in three, while catcher Jhonatan Solano chipped in with two hits and three RBI. Marco Scutaro drove in a pair for the hapless Rockies.