Going into last night's primetime game with the Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers had scored the whopping total of two runs all week. That's two runs over five games. That lovely stretch took them out of first place in the NL West for the first time all year, and has them scrambling. Obviously, the lack of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the lineup has absolutely destroyed their offense, but the crew they've been putting out there is beyond pathetic. But last night, LA's offense exploded. They were down 3-1 to the Mets, and things turned around in the fifth inning. Dee Gordon reached base on an error by first baseman Justin Turner and a run scored to make it 3-2. Then, AJ Ellis hit a sac fly to tie the game at three. In the sixth, James Loney had an RBI groundout to make it a 4-3 game. In the seventh, two more runs scored on an error by Mets catcher Mike Nickeas to make it 6-3. An Adam Kennedy sac fly and a James Loney RBI double make it 8-3, which was your final. So YES, the Dodgers have finally scored some runs. The only problem with last night…is that six of those eight runs were unearned. Oh, bother.
Game of the Day: Giants 4, Reds 3. The Giants avoided disaster, a sweep at the hands of the Reds at AT&T Park, with this win. And it almost didn't happen. Buster Posey put the Giants ahead 3-2 in the seventh win an RBI single, and Javier Lopez started the inning off in the ninth for the Giants. He was immediately pulled after a Jay Bruce leadoff single, and closer Santiago Casilla came in. Casilla then allowed three straight singles before getting his first out, culminating with an RBI single by Miguel Cairo to tie the game at three. Somehow, Casilla then got the next three hitters to go down in order with no more damage down. In the bottom of the inning, Buster Posey hit a ground-rule double with two outs, and after an intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval, Angel Pagan doubled in Posey to give the Giants a walk-off win.
Pitching Lines of the Day: The best performance of the day was by, of all people, Travis Wood of the Cubs. Wood threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings for the Cubs in their 3-0 win over the Astros, allowing three hits and striking out four without a walk. Mariners starter Jason Vargas, potentially on the trading block, allowed one run over eight innings in Seattle's 2-1 loss to Boston. Vargas also allowed five hits and two walks, striking out six Sox hitters. Phil Hughes of the Yankees allowed two runs over eight solid innings in New York's 4-2 win over the White Sox, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out eight. Milwaukee's ace of next year, Yovani Gallardo, threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in the Brewers' 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing three hits but walking five and only striking out six.
Hitting Lines of the Day: Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, who is having an awful year, had a good game in Washington's 8-4 win in Atlanta. The franchise third baseman went 3/5 with two runs, four RBI, a double, and a homer. Indians' "hitter" Shelley Duncan had a solid line in Cleveland's 6-2 win over Baltimore, going 3/4 with two runs, two RBI, two doubles, and a homer. The inimitable Trevor Plouffe of the Twins continued his unreal season, going 2/4 with a pair of solo homers in Minnesota's 10-8 win over the Royals. Trevor Plouffe…has 18 homers and a .999 OPS. Yeah. And then, your daily Mike Trout update. 2/4, three runs, one RBI, one walk, a double, and his ninth homer of the year in the Angels' 10-6 win over the Blue Jays. When will the madness end?!
Other Games: The Marlins finished off a sweep of the Phillies, winning 5-2. The Tigers beat the Rays 5-3. The Cardinals edged the Pirates 5-4 to avoid a sweep. The Padres shut out the Rockies 2-0 at Coors Field as Kip Wells threw seven shutout innings for San Diego. More importantly: ROCKIES STARTER DREW POMERANZ THREW 80 PITCHES!!!! The A's beat the Rangers 3-1, as Travis Blackley outdueled Yu Darvish.
Today's Games: We have no day games (boooo!), but a nearly full slate of action. Freddy Garcia starts for the Yankees against Matt Moore in Tampa Bay. Jordan Lyles starts for the Astros against James McDonald in Pittsburgh. Jered Weaver takes on Ubaldo Jimenez in Cleveland. The slumping Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs travel to Atlanta to take on Tommy Hanson and the Braves. Carlos Zambrano and the Marlins take on Zack Greinke and the Brewers. Trevor Cahill and the A's host Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox. Jason Hammel and the Orioles travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.