Articles by Brian Rutherford

A listing of all the articles written by Brian Rutherford for the RotoWire Blog.

Stay For A Night Cap! – Divisional titles wrapped up

Diamondbacks 3 Giants  1
WP: David Hernandez (5-3) LP: Matt Cain (12-11) S: J.J. Putz (44)
HR: Orlando Cabrera (1)

The first of three division title clinchers tonight, both Cain (7.1 IP, 5 H 3 ER, 3 BB 6 K) and Joe Saunders ( 7 IP, 9 H, ER, K) pitched solidly, but Paul Goldschmidt‘s first-career triple couldn’t have come at a better time.  With the loss and Atlanta win, San Fran needs a miracle to stay in the wild card.

  • Some Arizona players took a dip in the RCF pool to cool off from their first division title since 2007

Brewers 4 Marlins 1
WP: Francisco Rodriguez (6-2) LP: Clay Hensley (6-7) S: John Axford (44)
HR: Ryan Braun (32), Prince Fielder (35)

Both starting pitcher’s had command, walking none, but neither Chris Volstad (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K) nor Yovani Gallardo (7 IP, 7 H, ER, 11 K) factored in the decision. In the end it was Hensley’s mis-dealing of Nyjer Morgan that lead to Braun’s mammoth three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning that won the game and eventually, the N.L. Central. Emilio Bonifacio went 3-4 in the loss. Each Corey Hart (R) and Yunieksy Betancourt had two hit nights. K-Rod (0.2 IP, 2 K) looked explosive by the end of the top of the eighth.

  • Milwaukee wins their first division crown since 1982

Cubs 5 Cardinals 1
WP: Jeff Samardzija (8-4)  LP: Kyle McClellan (12-7)
HR: Alfonso Soriano (25)
SB: Tony Campana (23)

Finally the Cubs have done something to celebrate.  Unfortunately for St. Louis fans, it was not only beat the Cardinals tonight, but officially knock them out the race for the N.L. Central division title. Both teams sent out big name pitchers, and once again, neither Ryan Dempster (6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 BB, 5 K), nor Chris Carpenter (7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K) had their record changed tonight. It was a three-run shot by Soriano that put the Cubs in front in the top of the eighth for good.

Rangers 5 Mariners 3
WP: Matt Harrison LP: Anthony Vasquez (1-5) S: Neftali Feliz (30)
HR: John Hamilton (25), Adrian Beltre (29), Craig Gentry (1)

When it happened, I assumed it had been 10 years since the last time the Texas Rangers had a player hit an inside the park homerun. Well, cut that in half, as Nelson Cruz (2-4, R) -who scored on Gentry’s first career HR- did it a little over five years ago. Still wondering when’s the last time an inside the park homer marked a ball player’s first career homerun.

  • Texas celebrates consecutive A.L. West division titles for the first time since 1998/99

Athletics 3 Angels 1
WP: Gio Gonzalez (15-12) LP: Jeff Weaver (18-8) S: Andrew Bailey (22)
HR: Jamile Weeks (2), David DeJesus (10), Tori Hunter (22)

With Texas Rangers fans watching on in Arlington, TX, Howie Kendrick harmlessly flied out to rightfield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Not so harmless, when the bottom of the ninth ended and Anaheim couldn’t muster a runner on Bailey.

Pirates 4 Reds 3
WP: Joel Hanrahan (1-4) LP: Bill Bray (5-3)
HR: Garrett Jones (16)
SB: Brandon Phillips (13), Drew Stubbs 2 (40)

Both starting pitchers Edison Volquez (5 IP, 6 H,. 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, K) were gone by the sixth inning. Even tho Volquez left behind, it was Bray’s (0.1 IP, H, ER) run-allowed that killed the Reds. Hanrahan (IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K) gets the win, despite being less than sharp.

Indians 6 Twins 5
WP: Chris Perez (4-7) LP: Matt Capps (4-7)
HR: Chris Parmelee (3), Jim Thome (15), Lou Marson (2)

While Thome (3-4, R, 3 RBI) and Matt LaPorta (3-4, 2 RBI) had the best nights at the plate, Carlos Santana won the game in the bottom of the ninth in a pinch-hitting plate appearance. Twins former 1st-round pick, 1B Parmelee went 2-5 (R, 3 RBI), has 15 hits in his last 33 official AB’s. Both Carl Pavano (6.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K) and Justin Masterson (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) had their problems tonight.

Braves 7 Nationals 4
WP: Tim Hudson (16-10)LP: Stephen Strasburg (0-1) S: Craig Kimbrel (46)
HR: Jayson Werth (20)
SB: Michael Bourn 2 (58)

After a rocky first inning, Strasburg settled down.  Fortunately for the Braves, the first-inning was enough to send him home by the fifth and the Braves took full advantage. Dan Uggla (3-4, 2 R) had his first three-hit night, since back-to-back nigthts in the middle of August and Atlanta cuts their Wild Card magic number down to three games.

Tigers 4 Orioles 3
WP: Ryan Perry (1-0) LP: Willie Eyre (2-2)
HR: Miguel Cabrera (27)
SB: Austin Jackson (22)

On the last Friday night recap, Alfredo Simon (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K) visited his full potential. Unfortunately, Rick Porcello (7 IP, 9 H, 3 H, BB, 4 K)kept pace with him and the O’s wasted a terrific performance by Simon, who looks to be their second or third staff pitcher next season. J.J. Hardy (3-5, 2 R) ended his all season Friday Night Cap! dominance with one last great night. Cabrera (3-5, R, 2 RBI) also had a three-hit night

Blue Jays 5 Rays 1
WP: Brandon Morrow (11-11) LP: David Price (12-13)
HR: Kelly Johnson (3)
SB: Desmond Jennings (19), Mike McCoy (10)

  Trying to hang tough in the A.L. Wild card race, the last thing the Rays needed was a costly hiccup from David Price (6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K) unfortunately that’s what they got. With the Red Sox idle, they find themselves, one game down with five left to play.

Astros 11 Rockies 2
WP: Brett Myers (7-13) LP: Drew Pomeranz (1-1) 
HR: Clint Barmes (12), Chris Nelson (4)

Hoping to flame up the standings in a last ditch effort to meet my innings-pitched allowed total for the season, I went with Pomeranz.  Unfortunately, he was no where near as dominant against the Astros as I planned, and Myers was in complete control.  The Astros take yet another useless late-September MLB game.

Royals 11 White Sox 1
WP: Bruce Chen (12-8) LP: Zach Stewart (2-6)
HR: Eric Hosmer (19), Jeff Francoeur (20), Salvador Perez (3), Alcides Escobar (4),Paul Konerko (31)

Mike Moustakas went 4-5 with a run scored.
Bruce Chen (8 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K) was nearly unhittable against a lackluster White Sox ballclub.
-Highly touted Stewart (4 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, K) was shelled tonight

Dodgers 2 Padres 0
WP: Ted Lilly (11-14) LP: Wade LeBlanc (4-6) S: Javy Guerra (20)
HR: Matt Kemp (37)

-Lilly was solid going, 6.1 IP, allowing only four hits, walking two and striking out seven Padres.
-Leblanc (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K) struck-out 10 Dodgers, and was at the top of his game tonight. Unfortunately, he had no offense

Red Sox Yankees POSTPONED…This game will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday, with the games scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Phillies Mets POSTPONED…There will be  day-night doubleheader Saturday, with rain is in the forecast as well. Tomorrow’s game will be played at 1:10 & 7:10 pm.

 

Stay For A Night Cap! – Full Swing of Irony

Orioles 8 Angels 3
WP: Tommy Hunter (4-4) LP:  Dan Haren (15-9)
HR: Hank Conger (6), Mark Reynolds (33), Nolan Reimold (11)
SB: Reimold (6)

 A few tweaks and turns and it could be these two teams vying for a wild card spot next year.  Not only will the Rangers win the A.L. West this season, but they’re still on the rise, and so are the Orioles thanks to a former Texas Rangers player. Sure, Hunter (7 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K) has given up some runs the last few starts, but this time, the kid proved he could pitch to a major-league lineup in a home-run park. Haren (5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) on the other hand had less than his usual stuff. I still think Hunter has a weakness in a lack of pitch selection, but he’s earning himself a spot in Orioles camp next spring. At least three hitters from each team (Robert Andino, Valdimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds, Erick Aybar, Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo) had two hit nights, but none better than J.J. Hardy (2-4, 3 RBI).

 Mariners 4 Rangers 0
WP: Blake Beavan (5-5) LP: C.J. Wilson (16-7)
HR: Casper Wells (11)

For an entire season, Rangers fans everywhere have been pre-emptively boasting, ‘o yeah, the Cliff Lee deal was well worth the price’.  And tonight the irony came around full swing.  Beavan (8 IP, 4 H, 3 K), the Rangers former farmhand came back to bite them in the ass. Wilson (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched solidly, but not nearly as commanding as his inspired rookie counterpart. With the Angels loss, Texas stays 3.5 games up on Los Angeles.

Cardinals 4 Phillies 2
WP: Kyle McClellan (12-6) LP: Michael Schwimer (1-1)  S: Fernando Salas (24)
HR: Yadier Molina (13)

Adron Chambers picked the top of the 11th inning for his first major-league hit and RBI, as the Cardinals went on to score twice in the frame. Albert Pujols, 4-4, with a run scored and two walks. Both Jaime Garcia (7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Vance Worley (6 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K) pitched with a minimal allowance. The Phillies will look to lock up the division with a win tomorrow.

  • ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Marlins 3 Nationals 0
WP: Javier Vazquez (11-11) LP: John Lannan (9-13)
SB: Emilio Bonifacio (38)

Javy Vasquez (CGH, 5 H, 7 K) has never been a question of talent, but rather, placement of talent.  Well his placement was fantastic against divisional sewer compadre the Nationals.  Both teams on the upswing, the Marlins take this one on Vasquez’s complete game, five-hitter performance. Lannan (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K) wasn’t too shabby, but not good enough to stick around.

Brewers 6 Reds 3
WP: Randy Wolf  (13-9)  LP: Bronson Arroyo (8-12) S: John Axford (43)
HR: Mark Kotsay (3) Ryan Braun 2 (30) Prince Fielder (33), George Kottaras (5)

Despite some late-inning runs by the Reds, it was back-to-back home-runs by Kotsay (2-4, R, 2 RBI) and Braun (2-4) that locked up the win for Wolf (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 7 K) and the Brew Crew. Joey Votto went 3-4 (K, 3 RBI) in the loss tonight. Prince Fielder went 2-3 (K, BB, R, RBI) for Milwaukee.

Blue Jays 5  Yankees  4
WP: Casey Janssen (5-0) LP:  Boone Logan (5-3)
HR:  Eric Chavez (2)
SB: Edwin Encarnacion (8), Brett Gardner 2 (45)

Neither, CC Sabathia or Brett Cecil factored in the decision tonight. Sabathia (5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) brought less than his usual stuff, and Cecil didn’t even start.  Dustin McGowan (5 IP, 2 BB, 4 K) did however, and gave up only three runs on three hits. Despite the Yankees sixth-inning tying run, the Jays Molina (1-1) managed to single home Brett Lawrie (1-4, K, BB, 2 K) for the winning-run tonight. Kelly Johnson (3-3, BB, R) Adam Lind (2 K, 3 RBI)  and Mike McCoy (3-5,2 K, R) were the leaders for the Jays tonight.

Red Sox 4 Rays 3
WP: Josh Beckett (13-5) LP: James Shields (15-11)  S: Jonathan Papelbon (30)
HR: Evan Longoria (28), Mike Aviles (6)
SB: Dustin Pedroia (26), Carl Crawford (28), Desmond Jennings 2 (17), B.J. Upton (30), Casey Kotchman (2), Johnny Damon 3 (18)

As entertaining as this game was, it was over by the fifth inning. Aviles’ (1-3, K) home-run ends up the winning shot in the bottom of the fourth for the Sawx. Both pitchers yielded seven hits, but Beckett (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K) outpitched Shields (7 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) for the win. Desmond Jennings went (3-4 2 R, K, BB). Crawford (2-3, BB), Pedroia (2-4, 2 R, RBI) and David Ortiz (2-4, 2 RBI) chipped in for Boston. All the while, Longoria (BB, K) went 3-4, with two runs scored.

  • FOX REGIONAL SATURDAY

Mets 12 Braves 2
WP: Chris Capuano (11-12) LP: Derek Lowe (9-15)
HR: Martin Prado (12), David Wright 2 (14),
SB: Michael Bourn (55), Jose Reyes (36)

Neither Capuano nor Lowe (2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K) were impressive, but Capuano (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) did well enough to earn the win.  Meanwhile, the Mets, had five hitters with three or more hits tonight, including Lucas Duda‘s 4-5 (K, BB, 3 R).                                                                                                                                            

  • FOX REGIONAL SATURDAY

Indians 7 Twins 6
WP: Ubaldo Jimenez (4-2) LP: Kevin Slowey (0-6)  S: Chris Perez (33)
HR: Jim Thome (14), Carlos Santana (24)
SB: Lou Marson (4)

The ghost of Jim Thome (2-4, BB, 2 R) strikes again. If it wasn’t for Thome’s home-run in the top of the ninth inning, the two run bottom of the ninth inning might have made a difference for the Twins. Speaking of the Twins, CF, Joe Benson (4-4, 3 R) lead the way in the loss. Lonnie Chisenhall (3-4, 2 R 2 RBI), Jason Kipnis (2-5, K) and Lou Marson (2-4, K, 2 RBI) lead the way for Cleveland.

Royals 7 White Sox 6
WP: Greg Holland (5-1) LP: Matt Thornton (1-5)
HR: Brent Morel (8), Mike Moustakas (3)
SB: Alex Gordon (17), Eric Hosmer (11), Moustakas (1)

How close Kansas City can get to Chicago for third place? If tonight was any sign of the times, 2012 will be a different year for the Royals. Finally, it was K.C. coming back in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Royals 4-6 hitters went 9-13 (K, 4 R, 5 RBI) in the game. Both Phil Humber (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Felipe Paulino (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) pitched well, but we’re long gone before the decision could be made.

Giants 9 Rockies 1
WP: Madison Bumgarner (12-12) LP: Alex White (2-2)
HR: Cody Ross (14), Brandon Belt (7), Chris Stewart

A match-up of blue-chip pitching prospects, past and present, this game went as expected, regardless of San Fran’s lineup.  White (5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was nowhere near Bumgarner (7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 3 K) tonight and the Giants offense (nine runs on 13 hits) backed up Bumgarner. Rockies 1B, Jordan Pacheco (3-4), extended his personal hitting-streak to six games.

Tigers 3 A’s 1
WP: Doug Fister (9-13) LP: Trevor Cahill (11-14)  S: Jose Valverde (45)
HR: Don Kelly (5), Josh Willingham (27)

Cahill (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) finally extended a fairly sharp box score, but Fister (8 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K) was sharper. Kelly (2-4, K, R, 2 RBI) and Victor Martinez (2-3, BB) were the leaders at the plate for Detroit. Martinez hit his 35th double of the season. The Tigers win their first A.L. Division title since 1987.

  • FOX REGIONAL SATURDAY

    Padres 2 Diamondbacks 0
    WP: Tim Stauffer (9-12) LP: Wade Miley (3-2)  S: Heath Bell (38)
    SB: Orlando Hudson (18)
    Both SP’s were solid, but the more experienced Stauffer (6.2 IP, 4 H, 6 K) outshined Miley (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K).

    Cubs 4 Astros 3
    WP: Jeff Samardzija (7-4)  LP: David Carpenter (0-3)
    HR: Geovany Soto (15), Carlos Lee 2 (18)
    SB: Tony Campana (21), Jason Bourgeois (28)

    As you can see, Wandy Rodriguez (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) and Matt Garza (9 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 K) pitched very differently, and their efforts were reflected in the final score. After Lee’s (3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) two-run-shot to tie things up in the top of ninth, the Cubbies win the season opener of the “maybe, next season” teams.  Marlon Byrd (1-4, 2 BB) ended things, singling home Starlin Castro (0-4, K, 2 BB, R). Aramis Ramirez (3-5, K, BB, R) had a good night as well.

    Dodgers 7 Pirates 2
    WP: Hiroki Kuroda (12-16) LP: Jeff Locke (0-2)
    HR: Alex Presley (3), James Loney (10)
    SB: Dee Gordon 2 (21), Juan Rivera (2)

  • Stay For A Night Cap! – Potentially Explosive

       Braves 7 Marlins 1
    WP: Peter Moylan (2-1) LP: Brad Hand  (1-7)
    HR: Dan Uggla (34), Brian McCann (24)
    SB: Michael Bourn 2 (54)

    They were only missing a 44th something kind of production and the Braves had a solid night in the race. A match-up of two pitchers who have yet to live up to pedestrian expectations, became quite the pitcher’s duel.  That is until the Braves came up in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Marlins pen folded. Of course, Marlins RP Brian Sanches (IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB, K) didn’t help the fish much. Though neither factored in the decision. Minor (5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 5 K) pitched well enough for the win, but Hand , (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was not nearly impressive.

    Alex Gonzalez went 3-4 (R)
    Chipper Jones went 2-5 (R, 2 K)

    Red Sox 18 Blue Jays 6
    WP: Tim Wakefield (7-6) LP: Brandon Morrow (9-11)
    HR: Jacoby Ellsbury (27), Dustin Pedroia 2 (20), Jose Bautista (42), J.P. Arencibia (23)
    Like the polar opposite of our first game, the Jays and Sox pitchers took turns giving back the game to their opponent.  Just a one run game, at 6-5 Boston, the tides changed in the sixth inning and I mean big. After five innings during the sixth and seventh innings, the Sawx culminated their attack over the Jays in a seven-run eighth for a 12 run win. ONE Jays pitcher, managed to escape unscathed of runs and it was the Sox final out of the game.

    -Four players in the Sox lineup 12-17 against Jays pitching
    -Ellsbury 4-4, BB, 4 R, 3 RBI
    -Pedroia 4-4, 4 R, 5 RBI
    Carl Crawford, BB, 3 R, 2-4
    Marco Scutaro 2-4, BB, R, 2 RBI

    O’s 4 Rays 2
    WP: Troy Patton (1-1) LP: J.P. Howell (2-3) S: Jim Johnson (5)
    HR: Evan Longoria (26), Matt Wieters (19)
    SB: B.J. Upton 2 (29), Johnny Damon (15), Nolan Reimold (5)

    He’s been working his way to tonight for months at least, obviously years tho, as it burst out tonight against Price (6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and the Rays. Nonetheless, the O’s couldn’t manage a 2-2 tie until they scored in the bottom of the 7th inning. Then, just as Simon (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was lifted, they came alive on a pinch-hit by Jake Fox to eventually go on to win the game. J.J. Hardy went 2-4 (R) in the loss

    Cardinals 6 Pirates 4
    WP: Kyle McClellan (11-6) LP: Joel Hanrahan (0-4) S: Jason Motte (6)
    HR: Andrew McCutchen (23), Derrek Lee (5)
    SB: Rafael Furcal (8)

    Both Chris Carpenter (7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K) and Jeff Karstens (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) have something to prove until seasons’ end.  So… 4-2, headed into the bottom of the seventh, worked out well for Carpenter. Then the Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and Carpenter was lucky enough to get out with a no-decision. But late in the season Hanrahan (last 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R) is giving up more consistently. Though it was Nick Punto (1-1, R, RBI) that knocked in the winning run, Jon Jay (2-5, K, RBI) had the best day in the box for the Cardinals. Pedro Ciriaco (SS) has five hits in has last 11 plate appearances.

    Rangers 10  Indians 4
    LP :Justin Masterson Matt Harrison
    HR: Carlos Santana 2 (23), Josh Hamilton (20), Adrian Beltre (24), David Murphy 2 (11)

    Call me a homer, but I was pissed when David Murphy (4-4, 4 R, 2 RBI) didn’t get a fifth at bat.  I’m sure it was on Michael Young‘s (1-5) mind in the clubhouse, he’s just that kind of teammate.  Young has become the patient veteran of the league.  Standing idly is no small-feat in the majors.  Mike Napoli (2-3, BB, R, RBI) and Josh Hamilton (3-5, 2 RBI) also added into the assault on Cleveland. Neither starter tonight met their potential. Masterson (5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Indians hitters Carlos Santana (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Koskue Fukudome (2-4, R) had solid nights in the loss.

    Royals 4 Twins 0
    WP: Bruce Chen (11-7) LP: Carl Pavano (8-12)
    HR: Alex Gordon (22), Mike Moustakas (2)
    SB: Ben Revere (27)

    This game about sums up the difference between the starting pitcher’s this year.  Chen (8 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K) endured his circumstance quite confidently and Pavano (7 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K) was finally burned by hits for the first time in three starts. Several Royals hitters Alex Gordon (3-5, K , R, 2 RBI), Melky Cabrera (2-4, K, R) Alcides Escobar (2-4, K) and Johnny Giavotella (2-3, BB) had good nights at the plate.

    Tigers 5 White Sox 0
    WP: Justin Verlander (23-5) LP: Gavin Floyd (12-11)
    HR: Victor Martinez (11)
    SB:  Andy Dirks (5)

    He helped Jim Leyland win a division, but will he let Verlander  -who went 5-1 against the White Sox this season- go for his 25th win or rest him? The last pitcher to win 25 games… Bob Welch back in 1990 O yeah, Big V (2 BB, 6 K) shut out the White Sox for seven innings, scattering six hits.

    Angels 6 Athletics 3
    WP: Hisinori Takahashi (4-3) LP: Fautino De Los Santos (2-2) S: Jordan Walden (30)
    HR: Howie Kendrick 2 (18)
    SB: Bobby Abreu (21), Peter Bourjos (20), Mike Trout (2)

    Neither starter, Jerome Williams (4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) or Guillermo Moscoso (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K) had an impressive night on the bump. In the end it was Anaheim’s (4.2 Ip, 2 BB, 4 K) bullpen that stood strong. Josh Willingham (2-3, BB, 2 RBI) and Kendrick (2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) are the solid efforts available for the next three weeks?

    Yankees 3 Mariners 2
    WP: A.J. Burnett (10-11) LP: Charlie Furbush (3-9) S: Mariano Rivera (41)
    HR: Robinson Cano (26)
    SB: Michael Saunders (5), Dustin Ackley (5)

    No, Burnett (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) will never be that CG kind of guy, but seemingly he gets the job done lately. Furbush (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 K) wasn’t shabby either, but he just didn’t keep the Yankees off the board when it counted most. Robinson Cano (R, 2 RBI) and Jesus Montero (R) each went 2-4, while pushing the Yanks one game closer to another A.L. East title.

    Astros 5 Phillies 2
    WP: J.A. Happ  LP: Cole Hamels
    HR: CLint Barmes (11)
    SB: Jason Bourgeois (24), J.B. Schuck (2)

    I have Hamels (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K) on my more prominent CBS team, I’m far behind in innings pitched and am experimenting with FA nightly pitching on Yahoo!  I have Strasburg and Romero and the rest are expendible.  Happ (6 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K) became a possibility, and I hate myself for not picking him up. I foresee a strong ending to his season after beating his long-time breeder. But let’s see him get through Cincy first, then a smooth close out against the Rockies at home. Chris Barmes (2-4, K, 2 R, 3 RBI). Aside from J.A. Happ, the Killer J’s (?), Jason Bourgeois (2-5, R, RBI) and J.B. Schuck (3-3, R) lead the way against the World Series favorites.

    Brewers 2 Rockies 1
    WP: Kameron Loe (4-7) LP: Matt Lindstrom (2-2)
    HR: Ryan Braun (28), Prince Fielder (32)
    SB: Mark Ellis (4), Carlos Gonzalez (20)

    The end score is indicative of the season these two have had. Neither necessarily lazy, but both had their level of karma. Neither team yielded more than one, two-hit batter.  Both Esmil Rogers (6 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K)and Zack Greinke (5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 K)  pitched without a savings account, but solidly. The good news for Colorado, Cargo could possibly notch his second consecutive 25/25 season, despite time away from the field. As you’ve quite possibly seen already, Braun’s homer in the bottom of the 11th ended the game.

    Nats 3 Mets 2
    WP: Craig Stammen (1-1)  LP: Dale Thayer (0-2)  S: Drew Storen (36)

    In the end neither Wang (5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 4 K) nor Gee (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) had given up much, but there had to be a winner between N.L. East crashing clubs. Although the Nats are still behind the Mets, it’s clear the Nationals organization has a better immediate future. Three two hit nights by Ian Desmond (2-5, 2 K, R), Rick Ankiel (2-5, K) and Danny Espinosa (2-3, BB) Two predictable Mets – Jose Reyes (3-4, BB, R) and Lucas Duda 3-5 (K, RBI) talent’s continued their fine seasons. Though Storen gave up two hits, he officially struck-out the side.

    Reds 2 Cubs 1
    WP: Mike Leake (12-9) Ryan Dempster (10-12) S: Francisco Cordero (33)
    HR: Brandon Phillips (15)

    Going 1-2 usually as impressive as it is when Brandon Phillips does it.  Set aside his homerun tonight, he also had two walks and continues to prove his worth in the first five slots in a lineup. Then there’s the ageless Edgar Renteria (3-4 RBI). O’ what could have been in Cincy this season. Carlos Pena (2-4 R) and Dawin Barney (2-4) kept this close offensively for the Cubs. Leake (2 BB, 2 K) went 8 IP, allowing one earned run one six hits.  Dempster gave up six hits, lasting seven innings and yielding the winning run. After going 11-24 to start September, Yonder Alonso (2-4) had gone 1-7 in his last four appearances.

    Giants 3 Padres 2
    WP: Ramon Ramirez (3-3) LP: Brad Brach

    Cory Luebke went six innings, scattering two runs on 10 hits, earning his first win aquality start against the World Series champion. Carlos Beltran (3-5, BB) and Pablo Sandoval (3-6, K, BB, R) had good efforts, but it was Mark DeRosa (1-3) who singled home Cody Ross (2-6, 2 K, 2 R) to end things in the bottom of the 12th inning.

    Diamondbacks 5 Dodgers 4
    WP: Micah Owings (7-0) LP: Javy Guerra (2-1) S: J.J. Putz (40)
    HR: Gerardo Parra (8), Miguel Montero (16)
    SB: Parra (12)

    Ian Kennedy (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) and Chad Billingsley (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) had pedestrian nights. In the end it was Guerra finally being broken, walking Chris Young (0-3, 2 BB, RBI) with the bases loaded. Parra (3-5, 3 R, RBI)

    Stay For A Night Cap! – Young Buckin’ Pitcher

    Yankees 3 Blue Jays 2
    WP: Ivan Nova (15-4) LP: Brandon Morrow (9-10) S: Mariano Rivera (37)
    HR: Brett Gardner (6)
    SB: Derek Jeter (15), Gardner (39)

    Though it’s highly unlikely, Nova could go winless for the rest of the season and his call-up was still the biggest risk/reward move of the 2010 off-season. His 11th win in the last 12 starts, Nova (2 BB, 4 K) stayed strong, scattering three hits over seven innings. Morrow (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 8 K) was no schlep himself either. Jeter ends up scoring the game winning run on Robinson Cano‘s shallow single to centerfield.   Soriano and Rivera were in a shutdown mood again. Clearly Gardner (1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB) had a big night as well.

    Rangers 10 Red Sox 0
    WP: Derek Holland (13-5)  LP: Andrew Miller (6-2)
    HR:  Ian Kinsler (24), Elvis Andrus (4), David Murphy (8)
    SB: Andrus (34)

    And the Andrew Miller-experiment has come full circle.  I’m not sure anyone looked past this performance when he landed with Boston. While Miller (1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, K) was horrendous, another young pitcher making his way this season is Derek Holland. Holland (7 IP, 2 H, 6 K), who despite some erratic behavior at times, has looked as good as some of the A.L.’s elite pitchers.  Andrus (2-2, 2 BB, 4 R, 2 RBI) and Murphy (4-5, R) were the cogs for Texas tonight. Good new for Boston, Fenway set an MLB record for 700 consecutive sellouts.

    Orioles 3 Rays 2
    WP: Zach Britton (9-9) LP: David Price (12-12) S: Kevin Gregg (20)
    SB: Sean Rodriguez (11)

    Britton (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) shows he may turn into a money pitcher, facing one of the most dominating lefties (Price) in the game. While Price yielded as many hits as Britton and struck out nearly double of Britton’s, it was the extra inning that may cost Price (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). With the bases-loaded in the top of the seventh, J.J. Hardy (1-4) singled Mark Reynolds (1-3, BB, R) and Robert Andino (0-3, BB, R) for the game-winning hit.

    Evan Longoria (1-4, 2 RBI, K) knocked in the only Rays runs in the bottom of the first inning.

     Tigers 8 White Sox 1
    WP: Justin Verlander (21-5) LP: John Danks (6-10)
    HR: Tim Flowers (3), Austin Jackson (9)
    SB: Miguel Cabrera (2)

    It just wasn’t Danks’ (4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) night. Verlander (7.1 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 6 K) on the other hand made only one mistake to Flowers in the eighth inning. Jackson went 3-5 (K, 2 R, 2 RBI), lifting his average over .250.

    Dodgers 8  Braves 6
    WP: Hong-Chih Kuo (1-2) LP: Arodys Vizcaino (1-1) S: J. Guerra (14)
    HR: Dan Uggla (31)
    SB: Dee Gordon 2 (4), Matt Kemp (37), Juan Rivera (1), Michael Bourn 2 (49)

    Both managers intended this to be a nice pitcher’s matchup in Hotlanta. Neither Chad Billingsley (4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) nor Brandon Beachy qualified for a decision, but the line scores speak the story of a great Dodgers comeback that featured a five-run seventh inning off Vizcaino (0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K). Atlanta’s lineup featured five two-hit performances, including Alex Gonzalez (2-3, R, RBI, BB), who may be feeling the heat after the Jack Wilson waiver deadline deal. Do you think Dee Gordon (3-5, K, 3 R) missed playing ball? He’s 5-10 (5 R, 2 RBI) in his first two games back

    Juan Rivera (2-3, 3 RBI, BB, K) had a good swing tonight

    Phillies 5 Marlins 3
    WP: Roy Oswalt (7-8) LP: Brad Hand (1-5) S: Ryan Madson (27)
    HR: John Mayberry (13), Jose Lopez (6)

    Even when the Marlins beat the Phillies, they still lose.  Though Philly gets outhit 9-7 tonight, they manage to outscore Florida 4-1 in the final five innings. Mayberry (1-3, R, 2 K, 3 RBI). Shane Victorino went 2-4 (BB) and crossed the plate twice as the Phillies win their fifth in a row. Omar Infante and Logan Morrison each had a two-hit night in the loss. Oswalt (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K) was solid in the win.

    Pirates 3 Cubs 1
    WP: Brian Burres (1-0) LP: Ryan Dempster (10-11) S: Joel Hanrahan (33)
    HR: Carlos Pena (25)
    SB: Xavier Paul (16)

    Perhaps Dempster (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 9K) went out for one too many pitches (121) this afternoon.  The Pirates got the best of him in both the third and seventh innings. The Pirates first two batters (Alex Presley and Josh Harrison) went a combined 5-8 with two runs scored and an RBI. Though he didn’t outlast Dempster, or even stuck out more batters, Burres (5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K) pitches very well for a win in his first start of the season.

    Indians 5 Royals 4
    WP: Justin Masterson (11-8) LP: Bruce Chen (10-6) S: Chris Perez (31)
    HR: Asdrubal Cabrera (22), Jason Donald (1), Alex Gordon (20)

    As the award for the player in most need of a uniform change?  Koskue Fukuodome 3-4 (2 R), who has had five three-hit nights in just over a month in Cleveland. Nevermind the fact that neither pitcher had a ‘quality start’, both Chen (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K) and Masterson  (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K) have a punch-for-punch night.

    Reds 11 Cardinals 8
    WP: Jose Arredondo (4-4)  LP: Marc Rzepczynski (0-1)
    HR: Yonder Alonso (4), Juan Francisco (1), Todd Frazier (6), Rafael Furcal (6), Matt Holliday (21), David Freese (9)
    SB: Drew Stubbs (36)

    While St. Louis scored in six of their nine innings at the plate, Cincinnati managed to score 10 of their eleven runs in three innings. Eleven hitters in total had at least two hits tonight, most of the usual suspects (Phillips, Votto, Bruce, Furcal, Jay, Pujols and Berkman) and Freese’s (3-5, R, 2 RBI) three-hit night. Once again, that re-tooled Cards (3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K) bullpen = epic fail. Both Cueto (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) and Carpenter (6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 5 K) were pedestrian at best.

    Brewers 8 Astros 2
    WP: Zack Greinke (14-5)  LP: Aneury Rodriguez (1-6)
    HR: Prince Fielder (31), Casey McGehee (12)
    SB: Jose Altuve (5)

    For five and a third, Lucas Harrell (3 H, 2 BB, 4 K) owned Milwaukee.  And while Greinke (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) goes home with the win, at least Harrel doesnt get stuck with the loss as the Brewers go on to explode for all eight of their runs in the final three innings. Fielder (4-4, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) beast-mode. Astros 3-4-5 hitters grab two-hits a piece in the loss. Houston’s pen? Eight runs -including two homeruns- on seven hits over 3.2 innings-pitched.

    Athletics 9 Mariners 2
    WP: Guillermo Moscoso (7-8)  LP: Jason Vargas (7-13)
    HR: Cliff Pennington (7)

    After some great, unrewarded efforts in the first half of the season, it appears Jason Vargas may be holding a grudge. The odd part is Vargas got a run in each of the first two-innings, but could not hold on. While Vargas (5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) wasn’t as terrible as his last [9 ER] start, he just could not keep up with Moscoso (7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K). Hideki Matsui (2-4, BB, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Scott Sizemore (2-3, 2 BB, R, RBI) lead the way for the Athletics. Justin Smoak goes (2-4, K) in the loss.

    Rockies 3 Padres 0
    WP: Kevin Millwood (2-1) LP: Aaron Harang (12-5) S: Rafael Betancourt (5)
    SB:  Eric Young Jr. (17)

    Quick poll,who picked up Millwood for a spot start tonight? Milwood scattered seven hits over seven innings, fanning eight Padres. Jonathan Herrera (3-5, 2  K, 2 R, RBI) provides the most punch in an offensively shy battle. Harang (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 K) did manage a quality start.

    Twins 13  Angels 5
    WP: Carl Pavano (7-11)  LP: Tyler Chatwood (6-10)
    HR: Trevor Plouffe (7)

    Although the Angels kept notching a run here, a run there, they never recovered from Chatwood’s (3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) hellish fourth inning. Pavano (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K) on the other hand, had things under control. Danny Valencia (3-5, BB, R, 2 RBI) and four other Twins hitters have two or more hits tonight. Erick Aybar (R, RBI) and Howie Kendrick (2 R, RBI) each had a two-hit night in the loss.

    Giants 6 Diamondbacks 2
    WP: Matt Cain (11-9)  LP: Joe Saunders (9-12)
    HR: Cody Ross (11), Carlos Beltran (17)

    June 30th, 2007, that’s the last time Carlos Beltran (4-4, R, 3 RBI) had a four-hit night.  The first season of his entire, over-paid, Queens years. Yup, it’s nights like these Brian Sabean and company had in mind when they acquired Beltran at this year’s deadline. And the Giants didn’t even after to pay him $119 million dollars over seven years. So how do you show up a night like Beltran’s?  You go to the mound like Cain (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K), who took control from the get go.

    Mets 7 Nationals 3
    WP: R.A. Dickey (7-11) LP: Ross Detwiler (2-5)
    HR: Rick Ankiel (8), Lucas Duda (8), David Wright (12), Nick Evans (3)

    During very uncertain times, Dickey is proving to be a silver lining in the 2011 season. With a sub-4 ERA, he’s not flashy, but he’s dependable as he nears 200 innings-pitched for the season. Again, not phenomenal, but Dickey (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, K) got the job done against the Nats tonight. Meanwhile the Mets beat up Detwiler (7 H, 6 ER, 2 K) for three innings.

    Stay For A Night Cap! – Come On Irene!

    Cardinals 5 Pirates 4
    WP: Kyle McClellan (10-6) LP: Jose Veras (2-4)
    HR: Lance Berkman (30), Yadier Molina (12)
    SB: Albert Pujols (7)

    James McDonald (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) got the better of Jake Westbrook (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) to set the tone. The Pirates show they have some fight in them, regardless of their place in the division.  In the end, St. Louis has the stronger bullpen throwing three innings of no-hit ball and Berkman (1-4) got the best of Veras (IP, H, 2 ER, BB, K) in the bottom of the eighth. McClellan (2 IP, 2 K) "closed" things out.

    Brewers 5 Cubs 2
    WP: Randy Wolf (11-8) LP: Rodrigo Lopez (4-5) S: John Axford (38)
    HR: Starlin Castro (8), George Kottaras (3)
    SB: Darwin Barney (8), Corey Hart (6), Nyjer Morgan (9), Ryan Braun (30)

    A few Cubs errors helped put Milwaukee up for good tonight. Wolf (6.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K) pitched fantastically for Milwaukee and earned a fifth victory in his last six starts. Braun (2-2, 2 BB, R, RBI), Corey Hart (2-4, BB, K, 2 R) and Jerry Hairston Jr. (2-4) nab two hits tonight.

    Marlins 6 Phillies 5
    WP: Clay Hensley (2-5) LP: Roy Oswalt (6-8) S: Steve Cishek (3)
    HR: John Buck (16), Ryan Howard (27), Wilson Valdez (1)
    SB: Emilio Bonifacio (31)

    Like Pacino says in Devil’s Advocate, "What A Number!!!" Thirty-one SB’s for Bonifacio, who has another (2-5, K, R) productive night. Even though Philly’s pen (3.1 2 H, 5 K/FLA 3.1) was stronger, the Marlins pen (3.1, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 K) conserves Hensley’s (5.2 UP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, K) early lead. Oswalt had the forgetful line (5.2 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K) in this matchup. Former Phillies super pinch-hitter, Greg Dobbs (4-5, R, RBI) keeps up the appearances of a strong first season (.288 in 327 ABs) as a fish.
    Hunter Pence goes 2-4 (K) in the losing effort. John Buck‘s (2-3, BB,K,R) sixth inning grand slam proves to be the difference.

    Orioles 12 Yankees 5
    WP: Tommy Hunter (3-2) LP: A.J. Burnett (9-11)
    HR: Alex Rodriguez (14), Nick Swisher (19), Jorge Posada (12), J.J. Hardy (25), Matt Wieters (14), Mark Reynolds (30)

    Isn’t it sad a game of wall ball can happen in either stadium between the O’s and Yanks? Tommy Hunter (7.0 IP 5 H, 4 ER, 4 K)…as they say, go west young man.  Oakland, Seattle or San Diego, Tommy Hunter and his amazing one pitch arsenal will not last long in the A.L. East.  Yes, I realize he pitched well against the mighty Roidriguez and his merry men, but this guy needs a pitcher park before
    fantasy value will be had.

    -Burnett (2 BB, 5 K) went five innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits.
    -Wieters (2-4, R), Hardy (1-5, 3 RBI) and Nolan Reimold (2-4, R, 3 RBI) collect nine of the 12 Orioles’ RBI’s

    Original scheduled as a doubleheader Saturday. Game 1 will be played September 8th, Game 2 will be played as a doubleheader Sunday.

    Indians 2 Royals 1
    WP: Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1) LP: Felipe Paulino (2-6) S: Chris Perez (28)
    HR: Eric Hosmer (12)

    Just looking at the matchup this morning seemed like one of a future importance.  Before one is moved, consider Paulino (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6K) and Jimenez (7 H, 7 H, ER, BB, 10 K) heading off nicely in future match-ups. Ezequiel Carrera (0-1, 2 BB) ends up scoring the winning run in the seventh inning. Carlos Santana (R), Jack Hannahan and Koskue Fukudome (R) each went 2-3 in the win. The Royals cornerstone chips Hosmer (2-3) and Mike Moustakas (2-4, 2 K) chip in for the Royals.

    Jim Thome went 0-4 in his return to Cleveland.

    Rays 6 Blue Jays 1
    WP: James Shields (12-10) LP: Henderson Alvarez (0-2)
    HR: Evan Longoria 2 (24), Desmond Jennings (6), John Jaso (4), Brett Lawrie (5)

    It was 2008 when the Rays spent a mere 11.25 million dollars to lock up this guy.  With another season and a month to showcase or seduce Shields (CG, 7 H, ER, 12 K), performances like tonight’s are likely to become even more common.  Matt Joyce went 2-4, with a run scored.

    -Longoria (2-4) finally paying dividends, has five homers in his last 13 at bats.

    Reds 4 Nationals  3
    WP: Francisco Cordero (5-3)  LP: Collin Balester (1-2)
    HR: Wilson Ramos (11)
    SB: Fred Lewis (2)

    Oddly enough, one of those pitching match-ups FA fishermen were salivating over.  Both up for comeback player of the year, Dontrelle Willis (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) and Chien-Ming Wang (6 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 BB,  K) pitched solidly. D-train who went 3-3 tonight.  After Friday NC repeat offender, Ramos (1-4) hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, the Nats were in great position to take the first game of this series. But Cincinatti scored three times in the last four innings to go home with smiles.
    Brandon Phillips (2-4, 2 RBI) extends his hitting streak to nine games while Todd Frazier (R, RBI) has his second consecutive two-hit night at the plate.

    The most hovered FA out there, Stephen Strasburg, pitches Saturday at AAA Syracuse.  I myself stashed him ten days ago. The only thing he can do to top T.J. Surgery is have a heart-attack from the immense pressure this kid faces.  Rotowire reports Strasburg struck out 18 in 9.1 innings between two levels of A-ball.

    Athletics 15 Red Sox 5
    WP: Gio Gonzalez (11-11)  LP: Tim Wakefield (6-6)
    HR: OAK – Josh Willingham (23), Scott Sizemore (7), Dustin Pedroia (17), David Ortiz (26)
    SB: Jacoby Ellsbury (36), Mike Aviles (13)

    It was too late by the time Wakefield exited as the A’s were already locked in. After tossing around A.L. West leading Texas, you would think the Sox could easily handle Oakland this weekend.  Well, “the other” Wakefield (4 IP, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) was on the mound and Oakland ate it up. As for Gonzalez, call him anything but indecisive, 6-9 in his last 16 starts, Gonzalez (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) has been a shade of his commanding self in 2010.

    The A’s and Sox will play a doubleheader Saturday and avoid Hurricane Irene weather on Sunday.

    Rangers 11 Angels 7
    WP: Derek Holland (12-5) LP: Dan Haren (13-7)
    HR: Howie Kendrick (12), Russell Branyan (4), Nelson Cruz 2 (28), David Murphy (6)
    SB: Elvis Andrus (33)

    Very different from last season, Mike Scioscia’s putting all of his eggs in his August basket.  Already sending Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver to the Texas mound on three days rest this weekend, the Angels needed a commanding performance from series opener Haren.  Rather it was Haren’s (4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K) opponent Holland (6.2 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K) that manned up tonight. Neither pen (LAA 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 K/ TX 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, K) endured the heat tonight. Nelson Cruz (4-5, 3 R, 6 RBI) was a beast, taking Haren deep twice in the first four innings. Michael Young (3-5, 2 R) and David Murphy (3-5, 2 K, R, 4 RBI) also had three-hit performances.

    Bobby Abreu (2-4, BB,R) Vernon Wells (2-3, R) and Kendrick (2-5,2 K, 2 R, 2 RBI) each had two hit nights in the loss.
    Adrian Beltre joins AAA-Round Rock Monday

    Tigers 8 Twins 1
    WP: Rick Porcello (12-8) LP: Scott Diamond (0-2)
    SB: Ben Revere (24)

    After going 6.1 IP in his major-league debut against Cleveland, hopes are high for Scott Diamond. But Diamond (6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K) was just outmatched by the Tigers lineup tonight. To add to the Twin killing was Porcello (6.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K), pitched with fairly solid command.  Delmon Young (3-5, 3 RBI), Miguel Cabrera (3-4, BB, K), Victor Martinez (2-3, BB, 4 RBI) and Ryan Raburn (3-5, 2 R)

    Diamondbacks 5 Padres 0
    WP: Wade LeBlanc (8-8) LP: Josh Collmenter (2-3)

    SB: Jason Bartlett (23), Willie Bloomquist (14), Ryan Roberts (16), Chris Young (19), Paul Goldschmidt (3)

    If you think San Diego’s best defense this week, was blocking San Francisco from claiming Heath Bell, check out Cameron Maybin’s catch at the wall tonight.  No, his line wasn’t fiendishly impressive against the Padres, but for the fourth straight start, Collmenter (5 IP, 6 H, 4 K) allowed two runs or less. The Dbacks had LeBlanc’s (4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) number tonight. Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton (R) lead the way, going 2-3 in the win.

    Dodgers 6 Rockies 1
    WP: Ted Lilly (8-13) LP: Esmil Rogers (6-3)
    HR: Carlos Gonzalez (24), James Loney (7), Matt Kemp (30)

    It was the same old formula for the Rockies, Cargo provides a homerun, and the rest of the team falls weakly to the opposing pitcher. Lilly cruised through seven innings, scattering one run on three hits, while walking one and striking out five Dodgers.  Rogers (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) pitched fantastically, till the wheels fell off in the seventh inning.

    Matt Lindstrom came of the D.L. (again) and pitched an inning of quiet ball

    White Sox 4 Mariners 2
    WP: Jake Peavy (6-6) Charlie Furbush (3-6) S: Chris Sale (5)
    HR: Brent Lillibridge (12), Miguel Olivo (16)
    SB: Ichiro Suzuki (33), Juan Pierre (22)

    – Pierre (2-4, 2 R) and Alex Rios (2-5, K, RBI) got things rolling for the White Sox in the top of the first inning.
    -Sale (IP, H, 2 K) notched his third save this month, filling in for Sergio Santos, who has not pitched since August 20th.
    -Both Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez grabbed two hits in the loss.

    Giants 2 Astros 1
    WP: Madison Bumgarner (8-12) LP: J.A. Happ (4-15) S: Santiago Casilla (2)

    For seemingly the first time this season, Happ stood up to the hype.  Unfortuantely, Happ (6 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 2 K) decided to throw his first quality start since June 3rd against a more impressive Bumgarner (6.1 UP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Although Chris Barmes’ ground-out RBI in the 7th made the game 2-1, it was former Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger‘s game-winning two-run double in the fifth inning. Carlos Beltran went 2-3 with a walk tonight.

    Mets 6 Braves 0
    WP: Chris Capuano (10-11) LP: Tim Hudson (13-8)

    Hopefully for the rebuilding Mets, Capuano can fit in another complete game slightly quicker than five years from tonight.  July 6th of 2006 was the last time Capuano (CG, SHO, 2 H, 13 K) went the distance. As for 13 strikeouts, this was the first time in his career.

    -Hudson (6.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) was outshined tonight.
    Angel Pagan (3-5, K, R), Ruben Tejada (3-5, R) and Lucas Duda (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI)

    Due to Hurricane Irene, the rest of the series has been postponed to doublehead September 8th.

    Stay For A Night Cap! – Power and Pens

      Astros 6 Giants 0
    WP: Wandy Rodriguez (9-9) LP: Ryan Vogelsong (10-3)
    HR:  Brian Bogusevic (3)
    Perhaps its the nearing non-waiver trade deadline or a piss-poor Giants offense, something got into Wandy Rodriguez. Oddly enough, the ‘Stros managed to cash in on two Giants errors while Vogelsong (7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) lost grip in the seventh inning. Rodriguez (5 H, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched eight innings for the first time since May 17th in Atlanta, when he also allowed only five hits.

    Carlos Corporan (3-3, BB, 2 R) snapped a five-game hit-less streak in perfect fashion.

    Red Sox 7 Royals 1
    WP: Andrew Miller (5-1) LP: Jeff Francis (4-14) S: Alfredo Aceves (2)
    HR:  Jarrod Saltalamacchia (12)
    SB:  Mike Aviles (12)

    Once again, he’s not living up to the big draft-day hype, but Miller is getting the job done in a pinch for Theo Epstein and the Sawx. Miller (2 BB, 3 K) lasted 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits. On the backend, Aceves (3.2 IP BB, 3 K) mowed down the Royals, giving up only a hit in shutting down the lackluster home team. Aviles is now 3-9 in his first two games against the his former team.

    Adrian Gonzalez (RBI) and Jed Lowrie (R) each went 3-4 tonight.
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-3 tonight, and was pinch-run for a few pitches after being hit by a pitch.

    Reds 11 Pirates 8
    WP: Travis Wood (6-5) LP: Joel Hanrahan (0-2) S: Francisco Cordero (25)
    HR: Brandon Phillips (12), Joey Votto (21), Ryan Hanigan (6)
    SB: Paul Janish (3), Jose Tabata (15), Garrett Jones (6)

    Not exactly expected to be a pitching matchup, this game wound up pitch for pitch. After both Homer Bailey (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) and Kevin Correia put up goose eggs in the first three innings, the offensive pendulum began. By the fifth inning the Reds had shelled Correia (6 IP, BB, K) for six runs on eight hits. However, the Reds bullpen did not have this game under control, giving up five runs over three innings, leaving the game tied at 8 headed into the ninth. In the end, it was a Ryan Doumit fielding error that opened the flood gates to a three-run Reds rally. Brandon Phillips had his second straight 3-4 (4 RBI) night at the plate.

    -The Reds’ seventh and eighth place hitters Janish (2 R) and Hanigan (R, 3 RBI) combined to go 4-9 tonight. Hanigan also showed off his plate-blocking skills.
    -Tabata (2-5, 2 R) has hit safely in three-games since coming back from the disabled-list.
    Brandon Wood broke out of a six-game snide, going 2-4, with 3 RBI’s and a run scored.

    Dodgers 8 Rockies 2
    WP: Hiroki Kuroda (9-14) LP: Jason Hammel (7-12)
    HR: Tony Gwynn Jr. (2), Rod Barajas (12),
    SB: Eric Young (12)

    Between Gwynn, Young and Roenicke, you’d probably have a hard time finding the last time second-generation baseball was so well represented. That being said, this game went as expected, Hammel (3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) had little to offer, Kuroda (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)  was quality and aside from Cargo (1-3, R, RBI) and Tulo (2-4) the Rockies bats were quiet. Barajas (2-3) led the way for the Dodgers, scoring one run and knocking in four more. Batting out of the second spot in the line up, Dee Gordon‘s (shoulder) replacement Justin Sellers (2-5, 2 R) had the first multi-hit game of his young career.

    Athletics 2 Blue Jays 0
    WP: Rich Harden (4-2) LP: Brett Cecil (4-6) S: Andrew Bailey (16)
    HR: Josh Willingham (21)

    It was one of those kind of nights by the Bay, 59 degrees and overcast. Both Harden (7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 11 K) and Cecil (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) reaped the benefits.  The loser of the two made one mistake, that pitch accounts for the entire games run production.  It’s a fair bet that each Harden (16|PERCENT| owned on Yahoo) and Cecil (19|PERCENT|) could conceivably end the season on high notes. Cecil has pitched seven or more innings in eight of his last 10 starts.

    Angels 8 Orioles 3
    WP: Dan Haren (13-6) LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (6-10)
    HR: Torii Hunter 2 (17), Peter Bourjos (6), Mike Trout (2)
    SB: Bourjos (17)

    Torii Hunter (2-5) capped off the bottom of the first and eighth innings with homeruns. In between Haren (8 K) pitched his usual seven inning start, scattering nine hits and allowing three runs. Despite the loss, eight of the nine hitters in the Orioles starting lineup had at least one hit. 

    -Bourjos went 3-5 (2, RBI, 2 K)
    -Hunter (2-3, 2 R, 5 RBI) is 27-63 in August

    Padres 4 Marlins 3
    WP: Wade LeBlanc (2-2) LP: Chris Volstad (5-10) S: Heath Bell (34)
    HR: Kyle Blanks (4), Will Venable (23)

    -Jason Bartlet (1-4) shallow single to right-field in the bottom of the fifth ends up the game-winner.
    – LeBlanc (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K)
    – Volstad (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 K)
    – Marlins utility infielder Jose Lopez (3-5, R, RBI) has a four-game hitting streak.

    Nationals 8 Phillies  4
    WP: Todd Coffey (4-1)  LP: Ryan Madson (3-2)
    HR: Ryan Zimmerman (9), Wilson Ramos (10)

    You look away for half an inning, and suddenly you’re in the twilight zone.  Even after surviving the last-minute decision to start Kyle Kendrick (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K) instead of Roy Oswalt, the Phils had this game (4-2) under control.  As per policy, Manuel went to his closer and began to pack up for the night.  Then the nightmare began for the Phillies.  Starting with RBI singles by Jonny Gomes (1-4) and Ian Desmond (2-5, R, 2 RBI), Manuel watched as Ryan Zimmerman (2-5, GS) stepped to the plate. With one swing and the bases-loaded, Zimmerman (2-5) completed the nightmare ending for Madson (0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, BB, K) and company. Maybe it’s not time to replace Madson, but if you’re looking into it, consider flame-throwing left-hander Antonio Bastardo (1.32 ERA, 8 Saves) for the closer position.  Jose Contreras should also begin a rehab assignment soon.

    -The continuing education of Wilson Ramos (2-5), has been interesting to watch.
    Livan Hernandez (4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB) never recovered from the four-run third inning, leaving after just 59 pitches.
    Carlos Ruiz goes 2-4, RBI after an night off.

     Cubs 5 Cardinals 4
    WP: Sean Marshall (6-5) LP: Octavio Dotel (0-2)
    HR: David Freese (8), Yadier Molina (9), Darwin Barney (2)
    SB: Starlin Castro (14)

    Despite taking an early 4-1 lead over the bewildered and rival Cubs, two of St. Louis’ newly acquired arms  Jaime Garcia (6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K) was knocked out in the bottom of sixth, continuing his pedestrian post-break numbers. Arthur Rhodes (0 IP, BB, ER) and Dotel (0.1 IP, 2 H, ER) combined to wash out the lead. Chicago enjoyed a walk-off in the tenth inning when pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin singled to center, driving home game-tying hitter Geovany Soto (1-3, BB, R, RBI) for the winning run. After surviving a three-run second inning, Randy Wells (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) pitched well.

    – The Cubs young middle-infielders – Castro (2-5) and Barney (2-4) –  continue to be amongst the most consistent offensive tandem in baseball. Castro and Barney each had a two-hit game and are 27-80 and 20-61 respectively for the month of August.

    Tigers 4 Indians 1
    WP: Max Scherzer (13-7) LP: Josh Tomlin (12-6) S: Jose Valverde (36)
    HR: Austin Jackson (6), Alex Avila (14), Jhonny Peralta (18)
    SB: Shin-Soo Choo (12)

    Max Scherzer (7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K) was on target tonight, tossing seven strong innings of five hit ball.  The Tigers scored all four runs on the home run ball and while Cleveland couldn’t manage anything on Benoit-Valverde. Peralta went 2-3 (R, RBI)

    -Tomlin (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K) has given up four or more runs in five of his last 8 appearances.

    Braves 4  Diamondbacks 2
    WP: Derek Lowe (8-11)  LP: Daniel Hudson (12-9)  S:  Craig Kimbrell (38)
    HR: Michael Bourn (2), Brian McCann (20), Chipper Jones (12)
    SB: Willie Bloomquist (13), Justin Upton (19), Kelly Johnson (13)

    Hudson went seven innings but didn’t have his usual stuff (7 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 K), while Lowe (99 pitches) stayed alive long enough to notch his eighth win of the season.. The Braves, just like the Tigers, get all four runs by way of the long-ball and send out Venters (IP, K) and Kimbrell (IP, BB, 2 K)
    Six of the 9 Atlanta’s starting lineup chippen in a base-hit tonight, including two-hit nights by Bourn (2-4) and Jones (2-3, BB).

    -Lowe (5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
    Kelly Johnson went 3-4 (K) in the loss

    Rangers 7 White Sox 4
    WP: Yoshinori Tateyama (2-0) LP: Jake Peavy (5-6) S: Neftali Feliz (25)
    HR: Mitch Moreland 2 (16), Josh Hamilton (16)
    SB: Juan Pierre (21)

    Noticing a trend here?  After Matt Harrison (4.1, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) was tagged for three runs in the first two innings and a whiffing on Peavy early, it looked like Texas would lose two in a row.  But Moreland took a beastly shot to straight-away center over the wall.  Six of the Rangers 7 runs came off the home run, and after Manager Ron Washinton handed the game to his bullpen.  Tateyama (2.2 IP, BB, K), Adams (IP, 2 K) and Feliz (IP, 2 K) no-hit the White Sox over the final 4.2 innings pitched. In fact, the White Sox failed to reach base on a base from the second inning on. 

    -Moreland (2-4, 5 RBI) has three homeruns in the last two games and is 9-16 over his last four-games played

    Rays 3 Mariners 2
    WP: Juan Cruz (5-0) LP: Felix Hernandez S: Kyle Farnsworth (22)
    HR: Kyle Seager (1)
    SB: Desmond Jennings (10) B.J. Upton 2 (26)

    The solid pitching affair expected, both Davis (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Hernandez (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) squared off for the first six innings.  Seattle took a 2-1 lead on Seager’s first career homerun in the seventh inning. Seager(2-4, K) was playing for Dustin Ackley (rest), who struck out in pinch-hit at bat. Ichiro also had a two-hit night in the loss.  Seemingly, manager Eric Wedge sent Hernandez out one too many times, as King Felix gave up two singles to Longoria (1-4, K) and Zobrist (1-3, BB, K) in the bottom of eighth. 

    Brewers 6  Mets 1
    WP: Shaun Marcum (11-3) LP: Mike Pelfrey (6-10)
    SB: Nyjer Morgan (7), Ryan Braun (24)
    Thanks to a very dependable Marcum (7 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 3 K) this game was never in question for the Brewers. Though Prince Fielder (2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) ends up with the eventual game-winning RBI, Casey McGehee (3-4, BB, 2 RBI) helped put this one away too.

    Yankees 8  Twins 1
    WP: Phil Hughes (4-4) LP: Kevin Slowey (0-1)
    HR: Russell Martin 2 (15), Trevor Plouffe (6)
    SB: Curtis Granderson (23)
    He’s always had it in him, but somewhere between a popped hamstring and now, Phil Hughes has been lost.  Many expected Hughes to finally pop back into place tonight and he didn’t disappoint. Hughes (7.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K), who made only the one aforementioned mistake to Plouffe, and his pen go two-hit the Twins tonight.  Slowey on the other hand continued his cloudy days, as the Twins are now 0-7 in games he’s appeared. Having not pitched since May 20th, Slowey (BB, 4 K) gave up six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings-pitched.

    Imagine Hughes -contract expiring in January- pitching half his starts in Petco. Provided Phil Hughes can reproduce efforts like this, he could fetch a few nice offers on the FA market. this winter.  If you’re Phil Hughes can you leave the Yankees? 

    Stay For A Night Cap! – Full Moon Cheating

    Nationals 4 Phillies 2
    WP: Livan Hernandez (7-11) LP: Cole Hamels (3-7) S: Drew Storen (31)
    SB: Rick Ankiel 2 (10)

    The last thing Charlie Manuel thought about was dealing with a loss to the Nats tonight. The Phils were riding a three-game winning streak, headed home after a successful, 9-1 West Coast trip.  However, Hamels (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5) wasn’t all there in the second inning (88 pitches total) and the Nationals never looked back. Rick Ankiel (2-4, BB, R, RBI), Ian Desmond (2-4, R) and Hernandez (2-3, 2 RBI) led the way at the plate.

    Ryan Howard (2-4, K, R) was the only Phils hitts able to reach a multi-hit night on Livan.

    Braves 10 Cubs 4
    WP: Mike Minor (2-2)  LP: Carlos Zambrano (9-7)
    HR: Freddie Freeman (16), Dan Uggla, 2 (26), Chipper Jones (10), Jose Costanza (2), Starlin Castro (7)

    Two teams currently, out of their playoff races, one worse than the other.  Things went as expected tonight, as Zambrano (4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 K) was shelled and the Cubs got one game further into fourth place in the Central, while the Braves managed to gain a bit of ground in the East with the Phils loss. Mind you, Minor (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K) wasn’t exactly terrific, but kept the Cubs offense quiet in comparison to Zambrano, who struggled and was thrown out subsequently. Though both teams had 11 hits, The Braves (3.1 H, R, 5 K) pen endured the late innings better than Chicago (3.2, 3 H, 3 R, 3 K). Atlanta had several hitters cash in at the plate, but none more than Dan Uggla, who went 3-3 (3 R, 2 RBI) during his two home run night.

    Alfonso Soriano (1-4, K, 2 RBI) extends his hitting streak to five games.
    -Freeman (2-4, 2 R), Chipper Jones (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Davis Ross (2-4, R) each had a two-hit night at the plate. Jones is 10-20 (5 RBI) since coming back to the lineup.

    EDIT: After being tossed, Zambrano blew his gaskett again, Needless to say, Mike Quade was not pleased. “I’m really disappointed,” Quade said. “His locker is empty. He walked out on 24 guys … I don’t know where he’s gone or what he’s doing. 

    Tigers 5 Orioles 4
    WP: Brad Penny (8-9) LP: Troy Patton (0-1)
    HR: Wilson Betemit (5), J.J. Hardy 2 (23)
    SB: Felix Pie (3)

    No, Alfredo Simon (4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K) wasn’t as solid as he’s proven to be over the last two months, but still he kept the O’s in the game.  Hanging on long enough not to lose, his counterpart, Penny (5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K), hung on long enough to win. In the end it came down to bullpens, and although both were fairly good it was Patton (2.2 IP, 4 H, ER, K) and the O’s that lost the showdown. Andy Dirks (4-4, BB, R, RBI) singled home Austin Jackson (2-3, R, RBI) to put this one away for Jim Leyland.

    Indians 3 Twins 2
    WP: Rafael Perez (5-2) LP: Glen Perkins (4-3) S: Chris Perez (24)
    SB: Ben Revere (20)

    Despite the fact that every hitter in Cleveland’s starting lineup had at least a base-hit, the Indians, who out-hit the Twins 12-5, barely squeaked out this win. After Rafael Perez came in and clamped things down for Masterson (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K).  Pavano (7.1 IP, 10 H, ER, 4 K) kept the Twins in the game, allowing for the top of the 8th inning comeback, but just couldn’t keep things under control when it counted. Carlos Santana and Matt LaPorta helped the tribe to a two-run 8th inning.  From there Chris Perez shut things down on just 15 pitches.

    -Justin Morneau (0-4) and Shin- Soo Choo (1-4, R) both returned to the lineup

    Rays 5 Yankees 1
    WP: David Price (10-10) LP: C.C. Sabathia (16-7)
    HR: Johnny Damon (10), Evan Longoria (18), Casey Kotchman (8), Kelly Shoppach (7), Elliot Johnson (4)

    Although the Rays will get their chance at the end of the season – four of their last six series in 2011 are against the Yankees or Red Sox – perhaps they saw tonight as the beginning of a solid, third-place. Nine and a half games out going into the last eight weeks of the season, if there’s a time to make your move it’s now. Well, the Rays made their move early (3rd inning) and often, but the Yankees could only manage one run off Price and company.  Though, he worked eight innings, C.C. Sabathia (10 H, 5 ER, 7 K) never recovered from giving up homers to three of five Rays batters in the third inning.

    -Price (2 BB, 4 K) allowed one run on six hits, throwing 114 pitches in eight innings of work.
    -Though he still left four runners on base, regardless of the Rays playoff hopes, it looks like Longoria (2-5) might be back to his old ways, extending to a season-high nine-game hitting streak.

    Brewers 7 Pirates 2
    WP: Zack Greinke (11-4) LP: Paul Maholm (6-13)
    HR: Ryan Braun (22), Prince Fielder (27)

    Before the season, many thought the Pirates to continue their southward division rankings, while the Brewers were considered favorites to be masters of the Central. While this seemed the unlikely ending through the first few months of the season, the simple natural-tendencies of Baseball have taken over, and now the two teams meet heading in very different directions.  After a much delayed 2011 debut, Greinke (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 K) has been everything the Brewers could have hoped for, and proved it once again, grabbing the win they’re expected to get. As for Maholm (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) and the Pirates, August (2-9) has not been good to them.

    Ryan Braun (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI), Prince Fielder (3-4, 2 R), Casey McGehee (2-4, R, 2 RBI) and Jonathan Lucroy (2-4, RBI) account for the majority of their production tonight.

    Angels 5 Blue Jays 1
    WP: Ervin Santana (9-8) LP: Brandon Morrow (8-7)
    HR: Vernon Wells (17), Eric Thames (6)
    SB: Erick Aybar (25)

    Not even ‘cheaters’ can beat Santana nowadays.  Aside from all the press on the Jays and their secret ways, they were confronted with the task of Santana, seemingly, at the prime of his career.   Having pitched less than seven innings, three times in last 11 starts, Ervin is officially the hottest pitcher in the Cy Young race. Although the Jays out-hit the Angels, the Angels capitalized on three Blue Jays errors. –Torii Hunter hit the knockout punch in the top of the third, doubling in Albert Callaspo (1-4, R, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (0-3, BB, R)

    -Santana has given up a total of four earned runs in his last five starts.
    -Morrow (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB 3 K) wasn’t bad, but just couldn’t provide a pitch for pitch atmosphere
    Brett Lawrie (.348, 2 HR, 6 RBI) continued the beautiful beginning of his big-league career, earning a walk and hit against Santana.

    Marlins 2 Giants 1
    WP: Ricky Nolasco (9-8)  LP: Matt Cain (9-9)  S: Leo Nunez (32)
    HR: Pablo Sandoval (14)
    SB:  Bryan Petersen (3)

    Sandoval (2-3, BB, R, RBI) has been and remains the most consistent hitter on a Giants team struggling for offense. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to beat, statistically, the coldest team in baseball heading into tonight. All fans of baseball should feel a bit jipped, as all three runs in the game were scored in the first inning. Well, jipped if you’re an offensive guy, cause Nolasco (8 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K) and Cain (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) we’re solid tonight and minimized all plate-crossing to the first inning of ball. Mike Stanton‘s RBI single knocked in Logan Morrison (2-4, R, RBI) and became the eventual game-winning hit.

    – Petersen went 3-3 in the seventh spot of the lineup.

    Reds 5 Padres 3
    WP: Bill Bray (3-2)   LP: Josh Spence (0-1)   S: Francisco Cordero (23)
    HR: Nick Hundley (4), Jay Bruce (24)
    SB:  Logan Forsythe 2 (3)

    Once again, on this full-moon evening, a pitcher’s matchup developed, as both Mat Latos (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K) and Bronson Arroyo (6 IP, ER, 2 BB, 6 K) kept their teams in a tight 2-2 game. But Jay Bruce went on to tattoo Padres reliever Spence for the game-winning three-run home run to rightfield. Orlando Hudson (2-3, BB, R, RBI), Hundley (3-3, K, BB, R, RBI) and Forsythe (2-3, BB, RBI) all had good nights in the loss.

    Royals 5 White Sox 1
    WP: Bruce Chen (7-5) LP: Zach Stewart (1-2) S: Greg Holland (2)
    HR: Melky Cabrera (15), Billy Butler (14)
    SB: Alex Gordon (11), Melky Cabrera (16), Johnny Giavotella 2 (3), Alcides Escobar (17)

    Although it looks like it was closer, after a two-run scoring single by Butler (2-4, BB, R, 2 RBI) to right center in the first, this game was never in question.  Chen (6 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K) baffled the Sox a bit, overshadowing a fairly confident start by Stewart (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Most interesting is Joakim Soria‘s day off since blowing a save on Wednesday (8.10.11) night. Though, I wouldn’t go swapping Soria for Holland (2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB), he’s someone to consider on your radar. The Royals number nine through three hitters went a combined 8-15 tonight, with five runs scored and five runs batted in.

    Cardinals 6 Rockies  1
    WP: Kyle Lohse (10-7) LP: Aaron Cook (2-7)
    HR: Carlos Gonzalez (17)

    Cook (5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, K) was his usual self, while Lohse (6.1 IP,  4 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K) stayed consistent. There’s not a lot to analyze about the Cards/Rocks game tonight.  Cargo (1-4, BB) is healthy again, so he’s the only production.  A good amount of attention was drawn to the slide of Lance Berkman (1-1, 3 BB, R) to score the games’ first run. Albert Pujols (RBI) and David Freese (3 RBI) each scored two runs and had two hits

    Diamondbacks 4 Mets  3
    WP: Ian Kennedy (15-3) LP: Dillon Gee (10-4) S: J.J. Putz (28)
    HR: Justin Upton (24)

    A game of two tales occurred as The Dbacks got to Gee (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K) early and often in the first two innings, while the Mets waited for Ian Kennedy to exit before they decided to make it a game. Unfortunately for Jason Bay (3-4, K, R, RBI) and Mets fans, too little too late. Without a doubt, a nominee for Cy Young, Kennedy  (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K) pitched solidly, extending his current streak to 7-0 in as many games, and 9-1 in his last 13 starts. Justin Upton lead the way, going 2-3 (R, RBI, BB), while Sean Burroughs (2-3, R) registered just his second multi-hit game of season.

    Rangers 9 Athletics 1
    WP: C.J. Wilson (11-5) LP: Brandon McCarthy (5-6)

     For the first time in three outings, McCarthy (3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER) of old showed up and it was against the team he wanted so bad to spur for not resigning him. It didn’t take long for the Rangers to figure out his pitches and the Rangers go on to a game-one win in a fairly imperative road series. Only Josh Hamilton (0-5) went hitless on the balanced Rangers starting lineup. More impressive, of that lineup, only Mike Napoli (1-4, R) lacked an RBI tonight.

    Endy Chavez continues his screams for post-season inclusion, going 3-4 (RBI) with two runs scored.
    Michael Young went 2-5 (R, RBI)
    C.J. Wilson (6 IP) scattered one run on four hits, walking three and striking out seven batters

    Red Sox 6 Mariners 4
    WP: John Lackey (11-8) LP: Blake Beavan (3-3) S: Jonathan Papelbon (27)
    HR: Jed Lowrie (4), David Ortiz (24), Josh Reddick (6)
    SB: Franklin Gutierrez 2 (10), Dustin Pedroia (23), Carl Crawford (14)

    You can’t tell by looking at his box score, but outside of the two-run spot in the second inning, Beavan (6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, BB, K) didn’t do too shabby. Yielding a big home run to Ortiz (2-5, 2 RBI) in the aforementioned second inning, it was the fifth and sixth innings by the time the Red Sox were consistently getting to the rookie pitcher.  Lackey (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) on other hand pitched oppositely, allowing three runs in the first two innings, but eventually settling down. In the end it was Reddick’s (1-3, BB) two-run home run to deep right in the sixth that put Boston on top for good.

    Adrian Gonzalez (2-4, R), Pedroia (2-4) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-4, R, 2 K) each had two hits tonight.
    Mike Carp (3-5, 3 RBI) extends his hitting streak to 12-games, and notched his third three-hit game in the last ten days.

    Dodgers 1 Astros 0
    WP: Josh Lindblom (1-0) LP: David Carpenter (0-2)
    Little had more odds tonight than the Stros and Dodgers going into the 10th inning scoreless. So useless, the ugliness of either organization this season should make for an interesting mid-August series in Los Angeles.  Bud Norris (7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K) and Nathan Eovaldi (6 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K) though both had control problems, neither one gave up a run or more than two hits. Alas one team had to win… That team was the Dodgers when Matt Kemp (1-5) singled home Casey Blake with a shallow hit to right. James Loney went 2-2 (2 BB). Andre Ethier (0-2) and Dioneer Navarro (0-1) each drew three walks apiece tonight.