Dugout Digest – for real

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second-best record in all of baseball. They have a 19-8 record thusfar in May with one game left tonight. They just took three out of four from the defending AL champion Tigers. They haven't lost consecutive games in over three weeks. They haven't lost a series since the first weekend of the month. They are…for real.


Mark Reynolds played third base last night for the Indians. Make of that what you will. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Night: Royals 4, Cardinals 2. The George Brett era is off to a winning start in KC. The Royals couldn't do anything off of St Louis Michael Wacha, but in the ninth, Jeff Francoeur hit a game-tying solo homer off of Mitchell Boggs to tie the game at two. Boggs walked Alex Gordon and was replaced by Victor Marte, who hit Alcides Escobar, allowed David Lough to reach on an error, and allowed a go-ahead two-run double to Eric Hosmer. Then, the rain came for four and a half hours. WHEN WE CAME BACK, Greg Holland set down the Cardinals in order in the ninth to close out the win for Kansas City.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Freddy Garcia laid waste to the Nationals in a 2-0 Orioles win, allowing just three hits in eight shutout innings, walking none and striking out six. Doug Fister was phenomenal for the Tigers in their 1-0, 11 inning loss to the Pirates, allowing four hits in seven scoreless frames, striking out 12 and walking just one. Dillon Gee torched the Yankees in a 3-1 Mets win, allowing one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out 12. Felix Hernandez was Felix Hernandez in Seattle's 7-1 win over San Diego, giving up one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking three. Michael Wacha of the Cardinals dominated the Royals in his big league debut, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out six in St Louis' loss to Kansas City.

Hitting Lines of the Night: Luis Valbuena had a big day for the Cubs in their 9-3 win over the White Sox, going 3/4 with three runs, a double, and a homer, while Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood went 2/3 at the dish with a grand slam. Nick Franklin went 2/4 for the Mariners in San Diego with his first two big league homers. Logan Shafer had a good game for the Brewers in their 8-6 loss to the Twins, going 3/4 with a run scored, three RBI, a double, and a triple. Paul Goldschmidt continued to play well for the Diamondbacks despite their 9-5 loss to the Rangers, going 4/5 with a run, an RBI, and a double.

Other Games: The Braves smashed the Blue Jays 11-3 despite three starters on the bench. The Indians beat up the Reds 7-1 behind the arm of Scott Kazmir. The Giants beat the A's 5-2 thanks to a four run sixth inning. The Red Sox pounded the Phillies 9-2, due in large part to three hits and five stolen bases from Jacoby Ellsbury. The Rays beat the Marlins 5-2, giving Alex Colome the first win of his career. The Angels edged the Dodgers 3-2. The Astros beat the Rockies to "improve" to 20 games above .500. 

What You Missed: An umpire in Pittsburgh got smashed in the franks n beans. Royals hitting coach Jack Maloof said he doesn't want his players to hit homers, and was promptly fired by the team. Ian took a look at the breakout stars of 2013 thusfar. I broke down the worst week of Jose Canseco's pro career, 20 years ago this week.

Today's Games: Matt Garza and the Cubs host Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks. Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers travel to Philly to take on Cole Hamels. Jon Lester and CC Sabathia will duel in the Bronx. Max Scherzer starts for the Tigers in Baltimore. Matt Moore starts for the Rays in Cleveland. Johnny Cueto and Wandy Rodriguez will battle in a key NL Central matchup between the Reds and Pirates. Jacob Turner makes his season debut for the Marlins against the Mets. Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals travel to Atlanta to take on Julio Teheran and the Braves. Hisashi Iwakuma starts for the Mariners in Minnesota. Matt Cain and the Giants take on Shelby Miller and the Cardinals in St Louis. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers in Colorado. 

National TV: Red Sox-Yankees (7 PM, MLB Network), Tigers-Orioles (7 PM, MLB Network)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.