The big news yesterday was obviously Mariano Rivera’s torn ACL. He’ll miss the rest of the season, and in a tearful press conference last night, Rivera said he didn’t know if he’d ever pitch again. If this really is the end for Rivera, which is a completely rational expectation, it was a sad and anonymous end to a historical run. Best of luck, Mariano.
Game of the Night: Reds 4, Cubs 3 (10 innings). I feel bad for Cubs fans. Ryan Dempster threw eight shutout innings, and let Carlos Marmol come in for the ninth to finish off the Cubs’ 3-0 lead. Then Marmol…turned into Marmol. He walked the first two batters, and a run scored on an error by Ian Stewart. A singled and another walk came, this one with the bases loaded, to make it a 3-2 game. Rafael Dolis came up, and got a double play from Devin Mesoraco….but the game-tying run scored at three. Dolis pitched the 10th, and allowed a single, had a sacrifice attempt turn into a two base error, and allowed a game-winning sac fly to Scott Rolen to complete the Cubs’ collapse.
Pitching Line of the Night: we had a pair of complete game shutouts yesterday. Brandon Morrow shut down the Angels over nine innings, allowing three hits without a walk and striking out eight. Joe Blanton did the same for the Phillies against the Braves, allowing three hits without a walk but only striking out six. Blanton threw his masterpiece in just 88 pitches, though. I’ll give a nod to Dempster too, who went eight scoreless and allowed three hits with one walk, and struck out six.
Hitting Line of the Night: Jason Kipnis of the Indians went 2/3 with two runs, four RBI, a walk, a triple, and a homer. The Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez went 2/4 with two runs, two RBI, and a homer. His SLG is over .600, and his OBP is below .300 for the season. Yup. Mike Moustakas of the Royals went 2/4 with a run, three RBI, and a homer.
Spotlight Series: the Orioles-Yankees series ended on Wednesday….new spotlight series coming later today!
Other Games: the Rays beat the Mariners 4-3 to complete a sweep. The Phillies shut out the Braves 4-0 in a stark contrast of Wednesday’s game. Justin Masterson and the Indians beat their divisional rival White Sox 7-5. Danny Duffy had another solid start as the Royals beat the Yankees 4-3. Erik Bedard struck out 11 in Pittsbugh’s 6-3 win over the Cardinals. The Blue Jays completely shut down the Angels in a 5-0 win. The Marlins swept the Giants after a 3-2 win. The Nationals beat the Diamodbacks 2-1 in DC.
Today’s Games: Colby Lewis goes for the Rangers as they try to get back on track against the Indians. Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals as they take on the Phillies. A pair of stunningly good starters will duel in Detroit, as Jake Peavy of the White Sox takes on Drew Smyly. David Price starts for the Rays, who suddenly have the best record in baseball, as they take on the A’s. CC Sabathia goes for the Royals. The shockingly good Kyle Lohse starts for the Cardinals against the Astros. Josh Johnson starts for the Marlins in San Diego. Zack Greinke and Tim Lincecum will duel in San Francisco in a great looking matchup.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.