Dugout Digest – nearly perfect

What can I say about Matt Harvey's performance last night that hasn't already been said? In the Mets' 1-0, ten inning win over the White Sox, Harvey allowed one hit over nine shutout innings, striking out 12 without a walk. Say what you want to say about the White Sox offense, but Harvey's performance was one for the ages.


Miguel Tejada (of all players) making a diving stop (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Night: Reds 5, Braves 4. Atlanta jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning in this one, and led 4-2 going into the eighth. Brandon Phillips hit a sac fly against Eric O'Flaherty to cut the lead to one, but with Craig Kimbrel facing the bottom of the Reds lineup in the ninth, things looked bleak for Cincinnati. After retiring the first two hitters in short order in typical Kimbrel fashion, pinch hitter Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer to right center to tie the game and hand Kimbrel his second blown save of the week. Four pitches later, Shin-Soo Choo homered of his own to left center, giving the Reds a walkoff win and handing the Braves a very tough loss.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Take Harvey's awesome game out of the equation for a minute. He was opposed by Hector Santiago, who allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, walking two and striking out eight. Scott Diamond had a typical Scott Diamond start in Minnesota's 6-1 win over the Red Sox, allowing three hits in seven shutout innings and striking out two without a walk. Zach McAllister was solid for the Indians in their 1-0 win over Oakland, giving up just five hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. Tommy Milone opposed McAllister by allowing one unearned run on five hits in seven innings, striking out five without a walk.

Hitting Lines of the Night: Shin-Soo Choo was the hero for the Reds in their win over Atlanta, going 2/5 with a pair of solo homers, including the walkoff. Chase Utley continued his fiery start to the year in the Phillies' 6-2 win in San Francisco, going 3/5 with two runs, two RBI, and his seventh homer of the year. Jose Altuve had a great game for the Astros in their 7-6 win against the Angels, going 2/3 with two runs, two RBI, a walk, a homer, and a stolen base. Andrew McCutchen powered the Pirates offense in their 4-1 win over the Mariners, going 4/4 with a run, an RBI, a double, and a stolen base. Nick Punto had a good game for the Dodgers in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, going 2/3 with two RBI, a walk, a double, and a homer.

Other Games: The Orioles edged the Royals 4-3 in Baltimore.. The Blue Jays came back to beat the Rays 6-4, but the real story was JA Happ's ugly injury. The Cubs edged the Cardinals 2-1. The Brewers used an early onslaught of offense to beat the Rangers 6-3. The Rockies shut out the Yankees 2-0. The Padres beat the Marlins 5-1, and Will Venable hit a confusing home run. The Nationals and Tigers were rained out.

What You Missed: Garrett looked at the awful Red Sox closer controversy, and then examined whether or not the Rangers' great start was a mirage. Ian examined Roy Halladay's latest injury, and whether or not it's the beginning of the end for the Phillies. Michael filled you in on the oldest rookies in baseball this year.

Today's Games: Mike Minor starts for the Braves in Cincinnati. Felix Hernandez starts for the Mariners against AJ Burnett in Pittsburgh. Jake Westbrook starts for the Cardinals in Chicago. Allen Webster gets the nod for the Red Sox against the Twins. AJ Griffin of the A's takes on Justin Masterson in Cleveland. Ricky Romero takes on Matt Moore in Tampa Bay. Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmermann will duel in Washington. Jake Peavy gets the start for the White Sox in New York. Kyle Lohse starts for the Brewers against the Rangers. Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers take on Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks.

National TV: Braves-Reds (12:30, MLB Network), Mariners-Pirates (12:30, MLB Network [alternate]), Twins-Red Sox (7 PM, ESPN)

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Managing editor of Awful Announcing. News editor of The Comeback. Managing editor of The Outside Corner. You guessed it - not actually Frank Stallone.