You know my old adage of "long doesn't necessarily mean good"? Well, yesterday in Flushing, there was a long game that actually *was* good. Well…it was competitive. Sloppy, but competitive. This game was tied at two heading into extras, and in the 13th, David Aardsma couldn't find the plate and walked Cody Ross with the bases loaded to give Arizona a 3-2 lead. Heath Bell allowed a solo homer to Anthony Recker in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game, and we ventured into the 14th. Martin Prado singled home Cliff Pennington with Brandon Lyon on the hill (leading to his DFA after the game), and once again, the Diamondbacks looked for the save. But…rookie Chaz Roe allowed a solo homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and we moved on to 15. Then in the 15th, Scott Rice gave up an RBI single to Pennington, and the third time was the charm for Arizona pitchers as Brad Ziegler shut the door…but not before walking a pair of hitters to put the winning run on base.
PIC OF THE DAY
Paul Goldschmidt tries to evade Anthony Recker's tag at the plate (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Day: Rays 7, Astros 5 (11 innings). Tampa Bay tied this one at two in the seventh after Yunel Escobar scored on a Jordan Lyles wild pitch. In the top of the eighth, Jose Lobaton grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to score a run and give the Rays a 3-2 lead. Escobar followed up with a double to drive in Lobaton and Wil Myers, extending the Rays lead to three. But in the bottom of the inning, Joel Peralta dumped gas on the fire, allowing a three-run homer to Brett Wallace to tie the game. We ventured into extras, and in the 11th, Escobar struck again, doubling home Lobaton yet again. He then scored on a wild pitch by Wesley Wright to push the lead to two, and Fernando Rodney shut the door in the bottom of the 11th.
Pitching Lines of the Day: Jose Quintana dominated the Orioles in a 3-2 White Sox win, giving up just two hits over seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and walking only one. Dan Straily led the A's to a 1-0 win over the Cubs, allowing a sole hit in seven scoreless innings, walking three and punching out half a dozen. Travis Wood nearly matched him, giving up three hits over six shutout frames, striking out five while walking one. Justin Verlander torched the Blue Jays in Detroit's 11-1 win, giving up three hits in seven scoreless innings, walking three and striking out five. Finally, Cole Hamels got back in the win column as Philly beat Pittsburgh 6-4, allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk.
Hitting Lines of the Day: Austin Jackson had a great game for the Tigers north of the border, going 4/5 with four runs, three RBI, a walk, and a homer. In Houston's loss to Tampa Bay, Brett Wallace went 2/4 with two homers and four RBI. Wilson Ramos helped the Nationals to an 8-5 win over the Brewers, going 3/4 with a homer and five RBI. Adrian Beltre helped the Rangers to a 5-4 win over the Mariners, going 3/4 with a pair of solo homers. In the losing effort, Raul Ibanez went 4/5 with a homer and three RBI. The Rockies topped the Dodgers 9-5 despite the best efforts of Adrian Gonzalez, who went 4/5 with a double, a homer, and two RBI.
Other Games: The Red Sox pounded the Padres 8-2. The Royals scored ten runs in their last three innings to beat the Indians 10-7. The Yankees smashed the Twins 9-5. The Marlins toppled Craig Kimbrel and the Braves, 4-3. The Angels rallied in the ninth and walked off on the Cardinals 6-5.
Today's Games: Francisco Liriano starts for the Pirates in Chicago against Jeff Samardzija. Tim Hudson and Cliff Lee duel in Philly. Justin Masterson and the Indians host the Tigers in the battle for the AL Central lead. Andrew Cashner and the Padres travel to Washington to take on Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals. Mike Leake and the Reds host the Mariners. Zack Wheeler and Johnny Hellweg duel in Milwaukee in a battle of young studs. Jacob Turner and the Marlins take on Jake Westbrook and the Cardinals. Jorge de la Rosa and the Rockies take on the Diamondbacks and Tyler Skaggs in Phoenix. CJ Wilson and the Angels host the Red Sox. Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers travel to San Francisco to take on Matt Cain and the Dodgers.
National TV: Pirates-Cubs (4 PM, MLB Network), Orioles-Yankees (7 PM, MLB Network), Tigers-Indians (7 PM, MLB Network)
Pitching Matchup of the Day: Francisco Liriano vs Jeff Samardzija (Pirates vs Cubs, 4 PM)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.