After eight starts that ranged from good to mediocre, and coming into Tuesday night’s game with an ERA approaching 6.00, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals put his foot down in his return from Tommy John surgery and made a statement, albeit in Petco Park against the Padres. Wainwright threw a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and one walk, and striking out a season-high nine hitters. Going into last night, Wainwright had finished the sixth inning just three times on the season, and had allowed three or fewer runs just three times. While this doesn’t tell us a ton because of the opponent, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Game of the Night: Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7. The Diamondbacks led this game 6-1 after six innings, putting it on Dodgers starter Aaron Harang. But then, Trevor Cahill left the game and the Dodgers offense was awakened. Neither Brad Ziegler or Craig Breslow got an out, and five runs came across in the seventh to tie the game. A Lyle Overbay solo homer in the eighth gave the Diamondbacks a 7-6 lead, but in the ninth, JJ Putz walked a pair and allowed a two-run, two-out double to weak-hitting shortstop Ivan DeJesus to give the Dodgers an 8-7 lead. Arizona put met on the corners against LA closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth, but Jason Kubel grounded into a game-ending double play.
Pitching Line of the Night: There were some good performances aside from Wainwright’s game. CJ Wilson allowed just one hit in eight shutout innings against the A’s, walking two and striking out seven. PJ Walters of the Twins threw a complete game versus the White Sox, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out eight. RA Dickey of the Mets dominated the Pirates, allowing one run over seven innings on five hits, striking out 11 without a walk.
Hitting Line of the Night: Michael Bourn of the Braves went 3/4 with a double and a pair of solo homers in his contract season. In the same game, Brandon Phillips of the Reds went 2/4 with three RBI and a pair of homers. Lyle Overbay rose from the dead in Arizona with a 4/4 game, scoring three runs along with doubling and homering.
Spotlight Series: The Rays won the game against the Blue Jays 8-5, but led 6-0 at one point. The Rays blitzed Toronto starter Drew Hutchison over the first four innings, capping their scoring with a monster three-run homer by Carlos Pena (leadoff hitter!) to dead center field. The Blue Jays got four in the fifth, with two coming off of a Jose Bautista single and two scoring on a Sean Rodriguez error. That chased Matt Moore before five, to prevent him from getting a win. The Rays picked up their seventh run on a Chris Gimenez single, and the teams traded homers by Yan Gomes and BJ Upton to get to our 8-5 final. Bautista is starting to heat up for the Jays after a 3/4 game, while the Rays pounded out 14 hits against the Toronto pitching staff.
Other Games: Brian Matusz had a great start, and the Orioles beat the Red Sox 4-1. The Nationals beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies 5-2. The Tigers couldn’t solve Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Indians won 5-3. The Mets edged the Pirates 3-2. The Yankees just got by the Royals and won 3-2. The Reds used another homer barrage to beat the Braves 4-3. Ricky Nolasco became the Marlins all-time wins leader as they beat the Rockies 7-6. The Twins scorched the White Sox 9-2. JA Happ was great in Houston’s 2-1 win over the Cubs. The Angels shut out the A’s 5-0. The Giants beat the frigid Brewers 6-4. The Rangers beat the offensively deficient Mariners 3-1. The Cardinals shut out the Padres 4-0.
Today’s Games: Daniel Bard vs Jake Arrieta is a solid, potential based matchup in Baltimore. Ricky Romero vs James Shields in Tampa Bay is solid. Edwin Jackson vs Cole Hamels in Philadelphia is your matchup of the night. Jered Weaver of the Angels takes on Jarrod Parker of the A’s. Doug Fister starts for the Tigers in Cleveland. The surprising Carlos Zambrano starts against the Rockies. Jeff Samarzija takes on Wandy Rodriguez in Houston. Scott Diamond and Chris Sale will duel in Chicago. Lance Lynn starts against the Padres. Ted Lilly and Joe Saunders are both having surprising seasons, and will go at it in Arizona.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.