Royals 3, Tigers 0: Big Game James coms up big in a big game. In the rain. So he’s more like Big Rain Game James. Anyway, seven, two-hit shutout innings followed by Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis.
Braves 6, Nationals 2: Big Game Harang . . . nah, that doesn’t work. But Aaron Harang did come up big for the Braves, helping them avoid a sweep, allowing one run over seven. Justin Upton drove in three. Brother B.J. homered off Stephen Strasburg. Which he’s done before. He should just be played in games against Stephen Strasburg, really. Who objects to that?
Orioles 10, Red Sox 6: Wei-Yin Chen was perfect into the sixth and by then he had a big bunch of run support so it was a particularly easy night for the O’s. Caleb Joseph homered and drove in three. Other than Joe Saunders melting down in the ninth — a situation he doesn’t see if the O’s aren’t up 10-1 — it was a pretty perfect day for Baltimore, who has won 11 of 14.
Pirates 6, Phillies 3: Andrew McCutchen hit a standup inside-the-park homer. As always, of course, if the outfielder plays it a tad differently or if the right or left fielder comes over to, you know, back him up some, it probably doesn’t happen, but we’ll let that go. McCutchen is hitting .311/.403/.539 on the year with 23 homers 75 driven in and he’s 17 for 19 in stolen bases. It’s gonna be really interesting to see the MVP vote.
Reds 4, Cardinals 2: Alfredo Simon allowed two runs over seven innings and hit two doubles, driving in a run. Both hits came on the first pitch he saw. Which, frankly, is what I think most pitchers should do. It’s likely the best pitch they’re gonna see in an at bat and it’s not like any pitcher these days outside of maybe Zack Greinke has the chops to adjust and outthink and do all of those things to get the best of major league pitching. In other news, allow me to remind you of my views on the designated hitter.
Mets 2, Rockies 0: Eric Young went 3 for 3 with a triple and Rafael Montero got his first win. No word if either of those two are married or if they have children and have become less aggressive since doing so.
Yankees 8, Rays 5: Down 4-0 after the top of the first you almost felt like the Yankees were gonna pack it in before they got started. Or at least their fans. Following Yankees games in real time on Twitter with my Yankees fan friends has become an exercise in pessimism lately. But the ballplayers haven’t given up. Mark Teixeira hit a triple. I don’t personally believe that, but it says so in the box score so it must’ve happened. Brain McCann homered and drove in three. He’s been on fire since September began. Doesn’t help salvage his season, but at least it’s something to grow on, maybe.
Brewers 4, Marlins 1: Wily Peralta gave up one earned run and five hits to help the Brewers snap their losing streak and win for just the second time in 15 games. Peralta also [altogether now] helped his own cause. In other news, allow me to remind you of my views on the designated hitter. Wait, I already did that.
Blue Jays 11, Cubs 1: Drew Hutchison registered 10 strikeouts in six and a third to help the Jays sweep. They outscored the Cubs 20-3 in those three games.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 0: San Francisco keeps humming along, with the second straight domination of Arizona. The Snakes have lost five in a row and seven of nine and look like they’re already booking tee times for October.
Angels 8, Rangers 1: Albert Pujols was a homer short of the cycle. Which makes me wonder how much money would you win if you bet on both him and Teixeira hitting triples yesterday? I’m guessing someone would give you 50-1 odds on that. Maybe more. Matt Shoemaker allowed one run in six and two-thirds. The Angels pitching has actually improved since they lost Garret Richards for the season. Team-of-Destiny stuff.
Dodgers 4, Padres 0: Dan Haren pitched seven shutout innings. He’s turned his season around, too. After a craptastic July, Haren has allowed no more than one earned run in each of his last four starts, going 5-1 in his last seven and notching his 13th win of the year last night. Carl Crawford was 4 for 4 with three doubles and two driven in.
White Sox 2, Athletics 1: The A’s had a 1-0 lead behindJeff Samardzija’s seven shutout innings, but then Avisail Garcia drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth. It’s the third time in four games that the Athletics’ relievers blew a lead. Given that the Tigers and Mariners did too, it didn’t hurt them too bad, but the A’s need to figure something out.
Astros 5, Mariners 2: Jose Altuve had two hits, including an RBI double, to break a mini-slump and to notch his 200th hit of the season. After the game interim manager Tom Lawless said that Altuve joined a “small club” in reaching the milestone. I guess it’s small in the grand scheme. It does, however, have like 500 guys in it, so the club doesn’t tend to meet for dinners and things as it costs a lot to get a banquet hall that big.
Twins vs. Indians: POSTPONED: As a man I ain’t never been much for sunny days. I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange. But when the color goes out of my eyes its usually the change. But damn Sam I love a woman that rains.