With his club trailing 1-0 with one out and one on in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field to put the Orioles ahead. O’s closer Jim Johnson, baseball’s leader in blown saves, came on in the bottom half of the inning and retired the Yankees in order for the save.
The blown save was just the second of the season for Rivera and it snapped a streak of 41 consecutive saves at home. His ERA jumped 50 points, from 1.39 to 1.89. The home run was Jones’ 16th and he pushed his RBI total to 61, tying him with David Ortiz for the sixth-most RBI in the American League Both Jones and Rivera were named to the AL All-Star roster yesterday.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.