Dugout Digest – a no good, very bad night

Alfredo Aceves of the Boston Red Sox did not have himself a good night on Tuesday. Aceves' Red Sox lost 13-0 to the A's in seven innings, and Aceves had a historically bad performance. He threw just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits, walking four, and striking out three. Aceves also balked twice, and committed a throwing error. No pitcher has put together a statline like that, though Jesus Sanchez of the disastrous 1998 Marlins came pretty close (three innings, five hits, seven runs, four walks, two strikeouts, two balks). But hey, Sanchez's 19 game score managed to best Aceves' 15 game score from Tuesday. The former Yankee now has a 8.66 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, and you've gotta wonder if he's nearing the end of the line in Boston.


Bryce Harper hustles to second base, losing his helmet in the process (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports ).

Game of the Night: Yankees 4, Rays 3. Despite Joe Maddon bringing a cockatoo into the clubhouse, the Rays couldn't overcome the Yankees. The game was tied at one through six, but a Jose Molina RBI single in the seventh put the Rays on top 2-1. The Yankees stormed back in the eighth, tying the game after an RBI groundout from Brett Gardner. In the ninth, a two-run single from Ichiro off of Fernando Rodney gave New York a 4-2 lead. The Rays cut the lead to one after Evan Longoria hit a solo homer to lead off their half of the ninth, but Mariano Rivera retired the next three batters in order to preserve the victory.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Adam Wainwright continued his masterful pitching in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Nationals, throwing 8 1/3 shutout innings and giving up just five hits, striking out nine and walking one hitter, his first and only walk of the season thusfar. Bartolo Colon was excellent for the A's in their blowout win in Boston, throwing seven shutout innings and giving up three hits, striking out seven while walking one. Carlos Villanueva shut down the Reds in the Cubs' 4-2, ten inning win, allowing two runs on three hits in 8 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out six. Finally, tip the cap to Jeff Locke of the Pirates, who threw six shutout innings during a 2-0 Pittsburgh win in Philly, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out six.

Hitting Lines of the Night: Mark Ellis provided the Dodgers with some offense in their 7-2 win over the Mets, going 4/5 with two homers and four RBI. In Atlanta's doubleheader sweep over Colorado, Juan Francisco went 2/5 with two runs, a double, a homer, and three RBI in game two, while Justin Upton combined to go 3/8 with a double, two homers, three runs, three RBI, and a walk over both games. Marlins catcher Rob Brantly powered Miami to a doubleheader split in Minnesota, going 3/5 with two doubles and four RBI in game two. Howie Kendrick went 3/5 with two homers and four RBI in the Angels' 5-4, 11 inning win over the Rangers.

Other Games: The Orioles edged the Blue Jays 4-3 as RA Dickey continues to struggle early on. The Astros edged the Mariners 3-2. The Indians-White Sox and Royals-Tigers games were both rained out. The Diamondbacks beat the Giants 6-4 in 11 innings, withstanding a late San Francisco rally. The Brewers won their ninth in a row, beating the Padres 6-3.

What You Missed: Chad Billingsley's season is over after he undergoes Tommy John surgery today. Speaking of the Dodgers, are they already in trouble? Also, the Braves are going to be without Jason Heyward for a couple weeks after he underwent an emergency appendectomy on Monday night.

Today's Games: Brandon Morrow starts for the Blue Jays in Baltimore. Jeff Samardzija takes on Mat Latos in Cincinnati. Jaime Garcia and Stephen Strasburg will duel in Washington. Chris Sale starts for the White Sox, hosting the Indians. Tim Hudson gets the nod for the Braves in Denver. Ian Kennedy takes on Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco. We'll try to have the Wade Davis-Max Scherzer matchup again in Detroit. Ted Lilly makes his first start in 11 months for the Dodgers aginst Matt Harvey of the Mets. Andy Pettitte takes on Alex Cobb in Tampa. Wandy Rodriguez will be matched up with Roy Halladay in Philly. Yu Darvish gets the nod for the Rangers against the Angels. 

National TV: Cardinals-Nationals (1 PM, MLB Network), Cubs-Reds (12:30 PM, MLB Network [alternate]) Dodgers-Mets (7 PM, ESPN)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.