What more can I say about Josh Hamilton that hasn’t been said by everyone on Twitter and mass media outlets? He went 5/5 with four homers and a double last night, setting an AL record with 18 total bases. Just for the hell of it, Hamilton drove in eight runs too. Perhaps ironically, all of Hamilton’s homers were two run shots that scored Elvis Andrus. Huh, imagine that. In any case, the Rangers are back on the winning side of things after a sluggish last week and a half.
Game of the Night: A’s 7, Blue Jays 3. Kelly Johnson drove in all three Blue Jays runs, two courtesy of a homer in the third and one that gave Toronto a 3-2 lead in the ninth. The A’s had tied the game at two in the fifth on a two run homer by Josh Reddick. Then, the ninth came along. With Sergio Santos still out, Francisco Cordero came in to close the game. He faced six batters, and five of them scored. The save was officially blown when Cliff Pennington singled in Michael Taylor to tie the game. Cordero struggled with his control and loaded the bases for Brandon Inge…who hit a walk-off grand slam. Yeah, I bet the Tigers wish that Inge was hitting like that when he was with them.
Pitching Line of the Night: Jake Westbrook and Scott Diamond each threw seven shutout innings for their respective teams, with Westbrook allowing four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts, and Diamond allowing four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. AJ Burnett had a great rebound start for the Pirates, allowing two runs over eight innings on six hits, one walk, and ten strikeouts.
Hitting Line of the Night: Well, Hamilton. Duh. But Carlos Beltran had a two homer game, driving in six in the process. Raul Ibanez also had two bombs, driving in three runs for the Yankees.
Spotlight Series: I thought the Orioles would give the Rangers a fight. I was wrong. Texas pounded Baltimore for the second night in a row, winning by a 10-3 score. Jake Arrieta allowed six runs in 6 1/3, while Neftali Feliz allowed just one over six innings, striking out eight in the process. In addition to Hamilton’s monster game, Nelson Cruz had three hits, and Elvis Andrus scored four runs (all on Hamilton homers).
Other Games: The Mets scored seven straight runs to beat the Phillies 7-4. The White Sox beat the Indians 5-3 in ten innings. The Pirates got a walk-off win with a 5-4 victory over the Nationals. The Yankees beat the Rays 5-3. The Braves beat the Cubs 3-1 behind a great start from Randall Delgado. The Royals beat the Red Sox 6-4. The Astros ended the Marlins’ winning streak with a 3-2 win. The Twins shut out the Angels 5-0 behind Diamond’s great start. The Brewers crunched the Reds 8-3. The Cardinals beat the slumping Diamondbacks 6-1. The Tigers beat the Mariners 6-4. Jeff Suppan is 2-0 as the Padres beat the Rockies 3-1. The Giants shut down Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 2-1.
Today’s Games: Brandon Morrow goes for the Blue Jays against the A’s. Johnny Cueto and Zack Greinke is a good matchup in Milwaukee. I like the matchup of Colby Lewis and Wei-Yin Chen in Baltimore. Jake Peavy goes for the White Sox against Jeanmar Gomez. Cliff Lee makes his first start for the Phillies after coming off the DL. Jon Lester goes for the Red Sox against the Royals. The struggling Josh Johnson starts for the Marlins against the Astros. Tim Lincecum and Chad Billingsley will go at it in Los Angeles.
Enjoy your day of baseball everyone.