This edition of the Nightcap totally ignores the games in San Diego and San Francisco, even though those guys were totally awesome saints.
• Garrett Jones went some way towards addressing his deflated BABIP (.255) this afternoon, going 5-for-6 with a donger at Chicago (NL).
• Here's a surprising thing to me: Tom Gorzelanny entered play today with 36 Ks in 35 IPs. Here's a second surprising thing: he struck out seven more in five innings. Finally, here's a question: who died and made Tom Gorzelanny really good?
• David Ortiz hit two home runs today. He's exasperating to think about. So, let's not, actually.
• Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a home run and walk. He also admitted to being part cyborg (on his mother's side).
• Scott Baker had a weird night versus the Yankers, striking out 9 of the 28 batters he faced but also allowing 10 hits. He appears to've allowed 9 hits on 17 balls in play. That's unlucky.
• Say wha-? Corey Patterson went 3-for-4 with a walk while playing left field for the O's. Seriously, say wha-?
• Pop quiz: Which of these batters is now batting over .300: Elvis Andrus or Fred Lewis? Hm? Well, I'll tell you: it's a trick question. They're both batting over it. One thing, though: Lewis has like a 1:4 BB:K ratio. That's not so good.
• Jaime Garcia is sweet music. Not only does he induce hella ground balls, but he also struck out six while walking one today.
• John Jaso only got on base once. Yes, that's news nowadays – dude has a .474 OBP.
• Shane Victorino went 3-for-5, mostly because he's sweet at baseball. Don't be swayed
• New Kansas City manager Ned Yost led his team to victory, 6-1, over the Pale Hose.
• Oliver Perez had allowed only a single homer in 30 innings coming into play today. That's what a 2.6|PERCENT| HR/FB rate will do for you. Today? Not so good: Perez allowed four homers in 3.1 IP. Oops.
• Ryan Franklin, converted. It wasn't pretty, though: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R.
• Dave Aardsma, converted. Recorded 2 Ks, no hits or anything.
• Chad Qualls, blown. This is getting to be a distressinly frequent occurrence. Trying to protect a one-run lead, Qualls allowed three hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning.
Other Closer Outings
• Octavio Dotel. He pitched an inning with Pittsburgh up by four over Chicago. Recorded 2 Ks and a BB.
• Mariano Rivera. Pitched an uneventuful inning – no walks, no strikeouts, no nothing – with the Yankers up 8-4 over Minnesota.
• Jose Contreras pitched today. I don't know: is he the closer? Anyway, he pitched an inning and recorded a K with the Phils up 9-5.
• Juan Miranda played DH in place of the injured DH – and hit a double!
• Colby Rasmus batted leadoff for the second time this year (and also the second time in four games). The Cardinals should keep doing this.
• Jason Heyward batted second for the first time this year. It'd be great for the Braves' chances of scoring runs if he KEPT doing it.