Seven games yesterday. Six of them decided by one run. Three of them in extra innings. Not bad?
Blue Jays 10, Angels 6: The Blue Jays ended their five-game skid, thanks in part to a big long homer by Jose Bautista, who drove in three runs in all. Bonus fun: at one point in the game Josh Donaldson yelled obscenities across the diamond at the Angels dugout. Specifically, Angels’ pitching coach Mike Butcher. And while I normally don’t mind working a tad blue, this stuff was so radioactive I don’t really even want to link the video and/or GIF in which you can clearly read Donaldson’s lips. If I did, your reaction would be like Mrs. Schwartz’ in “A Christmas Story” after Ralphie’s mom tells her that Ralphie heard “fudge” from her son. Except Donaldson didn’t say “fudge.” He didn’t even say THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word. Just go Googling around if you want to be thoroughly scandalized and if you have some time this morning to retire to your fainting couch.
Mets 2, Cardinals 1: Matt Harvey tossed eight shutout innings, striking out nine but didn’t figure in the decision because John Lackey only have up one run and then, in the ninth, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia gave up two singles and a sac fly to let the Cards tie it and send it to extras. In the 14th Cards reliever Samuel Tuivailala walked a couple guys to lead things off, one of them got to third base and then came home to score the winning run on a John Mayberry infield single. That’s the second start in a row where Harvey gave up no runs but was staked to only a 1-0 lead and ended up getting a no-decision.
Brewers 3, Tigers 2: Carlos Gomez was hit in the head by a 97 m.p.h. fastball on Sunday. On Monday he hit a homer to lead off the game and and added a tiebreaking single in the seventh. Not too shabby. The Tigers had a chance to go back ahead in the eighth, putting men on first and second with nobody out. But then they experienced Martinez failure as Victor — who is hitting a mere .216 — hit into a double play and J.D. struck out. Folks, we tell you this all the time, but check the batteries on your Martinezes every spring when you set your clocks forward and every fall when you set them back. It can save lives.
Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: Dan Jennings’ first game in the dugout was close, but he did not end up with a victory cigar. Not that any of it was his fault as it was a tactics-and-intrigue-free game. It went 13, with the Dbacks winning after Chris Owings singled, stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta drove him home with a go-ahead double. Jennings did get a nice uniform modification, though:
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White Sox 2, Indians 1: Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, but those going home from this game were likely thinking about how nice a starting pitching matchup they saw. Corey Kluber went nine, striking out 12 and allowing only one run on five hits. Chris Sale went eight, allowing only one run on four hits. Bullpens really were buzzkills yesterday, no?
Athletics 2, Astros 1: OK, not all bullpens were buzzkills. The A’s bullpen — which has an application pending for current, exclusive use of the term “much-maligned” — tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings and Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth. The win snapped the A’s four-game losing streak and the loss snapped the Astros’ five-game winning streak.
Phillies 4, Rockies 3: Hey, you guys: the Phillies aren’t in last place! That after their sixth straight win. Odubel Herrera broke a tie in the sixth inning with a two-run double and Cole Hamels allowed only one run while pitching into the eighth. The Rockies added a couple of runs in the eighth and ninth to make it close, but close ain’t good enough.