Los Angeles Angels 13, Detroit Tigers 0
The Los Angeles Angels downed the Detroit Tigers in impressive fashion, benefiting from a total of five home runs. Among the long ball hitters were Albert Pujols (16), Mark Trumbo (26), Mike Trout (13), Alberto Callaspo (7), and Kendrys Morales (9). With four hits in the game, Trout’s batting average now sits at a robust .355. Garrett Richards was hardly dominant against the Tigers (he walked four and struck out two), but he managed to keep Detroit’s offense completely in check. The Tigers only had four hits in the game and none of them were for extra bases.
The Yankees simply can not be stopped anymore! CC Sabathia returned from the disabled list to pitch six shutout innings and strike out six, while Andruw Jones put his team out in front early with a three-run shot off Brett Cecil. Colby Rasmus drove in the only Toronto run, and Rafael Soriano picked up his 24th save.
Philip Humber managed a quality start while Jon Lester got bashed early. The White Sox got a home run and three RBI from Kevin Youkilis and a pair of RBI from Alejandro De Aza. On a positive note for the Red Sox, the recently activated Carl Crawford went 3-4 with two runs scored and one RBI in the loss. He also stole three bases, so I guess the speed is still there.
The Rays scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back despite a wild start from Matt Moore. Moore walked five hitters but only allowed three hits and was able to get out of jams. Carlos Pena dealt the Indians a big blow with his two-run homer in the first.
The Royals have apparently run into the bizarro Mariners, as the Seattle team has now plated nine runs against them twice in a row. Michael Saunders went deep and Justin Smoak homered for the second straight night. Jesus Montero got into the act as well, going 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Lorenzo Cain had a pinch-hit homer for the Royals and Alex Gordon contributed a pair of hits while driving in a run.
The Twins are having little problem with the Orioles, as this is two in a row against the Baltimore squad. Joe Mauer had three hits, while Ryan Doumit had two hits and drove in a couple runs. Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the loss.
After an easy win against the A’s, the Rangers have moved to 20 games over .500. Roy Oswalt allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. He got some help from Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton, each of whom thought it best to hit a ball over the fence. Hamilton is now once again tied for the Major League lead in homers.
The Mets scored a run in the top of the 10th inning and looked like they were ready to gain ground on the division-leading Nationals, but Bryce Harper tripled in a run and a wild pitch gave Washington a win in the bottom of the inning. Jonathon Niese went seven innings, gave up one run, and struck out eight. His counterpart Ross Detwiler didn’t allow a run in seven innings.
Barry Zito pitched seven scoreless innings and let his offense put the game out of reach, something they don’t often do. Buster Posey was responsible for much of the outburst, as he went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. Gregor Blanco was kind enough to reach base three times and steal his 16th bag of the season.
Johnny Cueto won another game by going six shutout innings despite walking more men than he fanned. Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer in the third inning off rookie standout Trevor Bauer to give the Reds a quick lead they were able to keep.
Carlos Lee hit a grand slam that wound up being the most important hit in this Marlins win. Anibal Sanchez, who has had a tough season despite his talent, went seven innings while allowing just two runs and striking out seven. Jeff Baker reached base all three times for the Cubs and hit his fourth home run of the year.
Randy Wolf got the better of Joe Kelly in this pitcher’s duel, as the Cardinals were not able to score past the third inning. Rickie Weeks clubbed his ninth home run in the fourth inning, and that hit wound up being the decisive blow. David Freese was able to come up with three hits for St. Louis in the loss.
The Pirates already have 50 wins! Once again, Andrew McCutchen is a big part of the reason why Pittsburgh emerged with a win. The young superstar reached base three more times and hit home run number 22. Erik Bedard only gave up one earned run in 6 2/3 innings despite allowing 12 Rockies to reach base.
Perhaps annoyed by how well J.A. Happ fared against them the night before, the Padres unloaded on Houston starter Jordan Lyles and reliever Fernando Abad. Yonder Alonso homered, while Cameron Maybin and Alexi Amarista each had three-hit games. Ross Ohlendorf went six innings, allowed a single earned run, and struck out six for the victory.
Roy Halladay made his return just days after Ryan Howard did the same, and the results were fine. Halladay pitched five innings, gave up two runs, and struck out six without walking a batter. Hunter Pence had a pair of hits, one of which drove in two runs in the top of the eighth to eventually win the game. The Dodgers have now slipped to three games out.