A lot of really amazing performances yesterday. Madison Bumgarner was a one-man gang, homering and tossing a 14-strikeout shutout. Zack Greinke also homered and outdueled Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds. Chris Sale struck out 15, but didn’t homer. He may claim it was because he was playing in an American League home park and there was a DH, but maybe he just didn’t want it bad enough. Shelby Miller had a no-hitter into the eighth, but didn’t even get a win. That’s a fine how-do-you-do. At least the Braves won the game on a Cameron Maybin walkoff.
And then there the leaders in the National League East. The Mets got swept by the Pirates. But that’s OK as far as the standings go because the Nationals got swept by the Giants for their sixth straight loss and eighth loss in their last ten games. They’re under .500 now. The NL East: not-so-impressive.
Apologies for no full And That Happened today. It’s my kids’ first day of school and they’re old enough now to where I can truly embarrass them in front of their friends while I take pictures and stuff so there’s a lot on my plate this A.M. Here are the rest of yesterday’s results, with box scores and recaps here.
Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1
Pirates 8, Mets 1
Orioles 18, Athletics 2
Mariners 10, Red Sox 8
Braves 2, Diamondbacks 1
White Sox 3, Cubs 1
Brewers 6, Phillies 1
Twins 4, Indians 1
Astros 6, Tigers 5
Marlins 6, Cardinals 4
Ranger 5, Rays 3
Giants 5, Nationals 0
Dodgers 2, Reds 1
Rockies 5, Padres 0
Royals 4, Angels 3
Chris Sale went seven innings, allowed only one hit and two walks, and struck out 15 in Sunday’s 3-1 win against the Cubs. That puts him at 208 strikeouts across 23 starts on the season along with a 3.32 ERA. He’d be in the AL Cy Young conversation if he hadn’t allowed seven runs in back-to-back starts on July 30 and August 4.
Sale is also on pace for 298 strikeouts over 33 starts. A pitcher hasn’t struck out 300 in a season since teammates Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson did so for the Diamondbacks in 2002, with 316 and 334, respectively. Sale struck out 10-plus batters in eight consecutive starts between May 23 and June 30, but did so only once since the beginning of July entering Sunday’s start against the Cubs.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has 205 strikeouts across 23 starts, putting him on pace for 294 over 33 starts. Either pitcher, with a strong finish to the regular season, could accomplish the feat.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the story:
Kyle Schwarber didn’t realize a White Sox fan threw something at him until he got back to his spot in left field.
“Tall boy,” Schwarber said. “It wasn’t even drank all the way.”
Welcome to Chicago.
That came after Schwarber lined an RBI single into right field in the top of the fifth inning, giving the Cubs their second run in an eventual 6-3 win. White Sox starter Jose Quintana intentionally walked Dexter Fowler a batter before.
“You should’ve shotgunned it,” veteran catcher David Ross yelled to Schwarber in the clubhouse afterward. “That would have been awesome. You would have got points from me. You should have shotgunned it and then went over there and found him. I tell you what: I’d hate to try to wrap up Kyle Schwarber. I guarantee you that whoever threw that beer doesn’t want (any) part of Kyle Schwarber. I promise you that one.”
Schwarber, 22, is batting .315/.403/.586 with eight home runs and 27 RBI over his first 33 major league games. And the Cubs hold the longest current winning streak in the majors at nine games.