Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers had a very strange game yesterday, in the first game of a doubleheader between the Rangers and Orioles. Rangers starter Colby Lewis allowed five hits, six runs, one walk, and struck out a career-high 12. Of course, each of those five hits was a homer. Lewis was the first player in nearly 100 years to allow five homers along with ten strikeouts in one game. Almost just as incredibly is the fact that all but one (the final one) of the homers that Lewis allowed was a solo homer. The Rangers actually had a very real chance to win the game, losing 6-5. So close, yet so far…
Game of the Night: Nationals 4, Pirates. Nothing really jumped out at me upon looking at yesterday’s slate, so I went with this game. The Pirates scored a pair of runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker. Then, the Nationals took over. Washington scored three runs in the sixth, coming on a solo homer from Roger Bernadina and a two-run shot from Adam LaRoche. They added an insurance run in the ninth on a Rick Ankiel solo homer. Both starters pitched relatively well, especially Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg went just six innings, and allowed five hits, and just one of his two runs was earned. He walked three, and struck out 13. Jeeeeeeez.
Pitching Line of the Night: CC Sabathia didn’t allow and earned run for the Yankees against the Rays over eight innings, on seven hits, one walk, and ten strikeouts. Pretty good. No one else really stood out on the night.
Hitting Line of the Night: Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks went 4/4 with two runs, a walk, and a homer. His teammate Miguel Cabrera went 4/5 with three RBI and a double. Michael Brantley of the Indians also had a good night, going 4/5 with two RBI and a pair of doubles.
Spotlight Series: We had a double dose of games today. In game one, the Orioles prevailed 6-5 in the Colby Lewis homer show. Wei-Yin Chen held his own during his start, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five. Yorvit Torreabla had three hits in a losing effort for the Rangers, while his teammate David Murphy hir a three run, pinch hit homer in the ninth to make it a one run game. Game two went in the Rangers favor, as they won the game 7-3. Derek Holland didn’t allow an earned run over six innings, while Orioles starter Tommy Hunter (quickly back in the majors after a brief minor league stint) allowed four earned over six innings, walking one and striking out seven. Elvis Andrus went 2/3 with two runs, two RBI, and two walks for the Rangers on offense, and Josh Hamilton hit his 15th homer of the year.
Other Games: The Yankees beat up David Price early, and hung on for a 5-3 win. Josh Beckett wished he was on the golf course as the Indians beat him up en route to an 8-3 win. The Blue Jays beat the Twins 6-2 on the strength of a four hit game from Yunel Escobar. The Tigers offense went ape on Bartolo Colon, as Detroit won 10-6.
Today’s Games: Jeremy Hellickson will go for the Rays against the Orioles. Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle in the Bronx. Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals in Cincinnati. CJ Wilson faces his former team and the man Texas brought in to replace him, Yu Darvish. Veterans will duel in Miami, with Johan Santana taking on Mark Buehrle. Felipe Paulino goes for the Royals against Gavin Floyd. Matt Garza will go for the Cubs against the Brewers. Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants in Arizona.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.