The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 in 13 innings last night. With the win, the Padres moved to third place in the NL West, just one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the division. The Padres have won seven in a row and are 11-5 in June, a nice bounceback considering that they started the season with a 10-16 April. Another team that's turned on the jets lately is the Toronto Blue Jays, who are now just three games under .500 and have won six straight. They're still in last place in the AL East, but the Jays are just three games behind the Rays in the AL East, and with a schedule over the rest of the month that includes ten games against AL East rivals, the Blue Jays could be a force heading into the All-Star Break.
PIC OF THE DAY
The Phillie Phanatic looks on as the Phillies grounds crew lifts his stalled out ATV over the fence at Citizens Bank Park. (Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Phillies 5, Nationals 4. Remember that one season where these two teams were hated rivals vying for the NL East crown? Things can change a lot in one offseason. Anyway, both teams are now under .500 after Philadelphia's win on Monday night, and the way this game transpired was typical of both teams' seasons. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-2 lead after five, with Ryan Howard actually delivering some capable offense for Philadelphia and sending Dan Haren to the showers after six innings. Mike Adams, who has been a colossal disappointment for the Phillies so far, allowed an RBI single to Ian Desmond in the eighth to cut the lead to a run. In the ninth, closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed a game-tying homer to Chad Tracy (of all people), and extra innings looked to be on the horizon. But Domonic Brown took care of that in the bottom of the inning, singling in Ben Revere to give the Phillies a walkoff win and keep teams in a state of flux in the NL East.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Josh Johnson and Jorge de la Rosa had an incredible pitchers duel in Toronto's 2-0 win over Colorado. Johnson gave up five hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out ten and walking two, while de la Rosa allowed just one hit over seven scoreless frames, walking three and striking out four. Pat Corbin had a great start for the Diamondbacks in their 3-2 loss to the Marlins, allowing two runs on two hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out seven. Dillon Gee of the Mets fell in the ninth 2-1 to Freddie Freeman and the Braves while looking for a complete game shutout, giving up two runs on five hits in 8 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six. Jason Vargas dominated the Mariners in an 11-3 Angels win, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out nine. Carlos Carrasco performed well for the Indians in their 2-1 loss to the Royals, giving up one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, punching out four and allowing one free pass.
Hitting Lines of the Night: The Rangers edged the A's 8-7, thanks to Nelson Cruz going 3/4 with a double, two homers, and four RBI, and AJ Pierzynski going 2/3 with a double, homer, two runs, three RBI, and a walk. Giancarlo Stanton continues to rake since his return from the DL, going 2/4 with two homers and three RBI for Miami in their win in the desert. Freddie Freeman finished his night in a rain-soaked Atlanta by going 3/4 with a double and a two-run walkoff homer. Ryan Howard finished his night against the Nationals by going 3/3 with a homer, a walk, and two RBI.
Other Games: The Cardinals beat the Cubs 5-2, but Shelby Miller left with a cramp and freaked everyone out in the process. The Tigers beat the Orioles 5-1, and Max Scherzer improved to 10-0 in the process. The Reds used four solo homers to beat the Pirates 4-1. The White Sox salvaged a four game series in Houston, winning 4-2.
Today's Games: The Rays, Red Sox, Mets, and Braves all have doubleheaders today. The pitching matchups in Boston are nothing to write home about, but Wil Myers will make his major league debut for the Rays. In game one in Atlanta, Matt Harvey takes on Alex Wood (making his first career start), while Zack Wheeler starts for the Mets in game two, making his major league debut. Hyun-Jin Ryu starts for the Dodgers in Yankee Stadium. Cliff Lee and the Phillies host the Nationals. Mat Latos and the Reds host the Pirates and Charlie Morton. Justin Verlander and the Tigers host the Orioles. Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs take on Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals. Jarrod Parker and Yu Darvish will duel in Texas. Andrew Cashner starts for the Padres in San Francisco against Matt Cain.
National TV: Dodgers-Yankees (7 PM, MLB Network), Orioles-Tigers (7 PM, MLB Network)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.