Pirates closer Jason Grilli's dreams of perfection are over. Grilli allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning to Jay Bruce last night in Cincinnati, tying the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game at one. It was the first save Grilli has blown this year after converting his first 25 attempts of this season. To add insult to injury, the Reds ended up walking off with a win in the 13th inning. The run was just the fourth that Grilli's allowed this year, and he still has 16 strikeouts to just two walks this month, so it's not as if his season is all of a sudden crumbling. If anything, this puts Brad Lidge's incredible 2008 season where he didn't blow a save into perspective.
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Gerardo Parra tries to keep his glove levitated…or something. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Nationals 6, Phillies 2 (11 innings). Yeah, these two teams might not be contenders right now…but they're playing some pretty damn entertaining baseball. Michael Young hit a two-run homer in the first off of Gio Gonzalez for Philadelphia, and those two runs would be the only runs they'd get all night. Kyle Kendrick dominated Washington, but ran into some trouble in the seventh, allowing an RBI single to Jayson Werth to cut Philly's lead to a run. No big deal, though. Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch the ninth, and promptly allowed *another* RBI single to Werth, blowing his second save of the year and tying the game at two. After a scoreless tenth, Micahel Stutes allowed a one out double to Ryan Zimmerman in the 11th, and proceeded to walk Adam LaRoche (intentionally) and Werth (unintentionally) to load the bases for Ian Desmond…who hit a grand slam, putting Washington in front 6-2. The Phillies couldn't score against Rafael Soriano, and that was that at Citizens Bank Park.
Pitching Lines of the Night: In that Phillies-Nationals game, Kyle Kendrick ended up allowing one run on two hits over 7 2/3, walking one and striking out six, while Gio Gonzalez gave up two runs on two hits in seven, walking two and punching out 11. Erik Bedard pitched well for the Astros in their 3-1 loss to Milwaukee, allowing one run on four hits in 7 1/3, striking out eight and walking two. Jake Westbrook stymied the Cubs in the Cardinals' 4-1 win, allowing one unearned run on two hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out two. Chris Capuano dazzled the Yankees in the Dodgers' 6-0 win in game two of the doubleheader in the Bronx, allowing three hits in six scoreless innings, striking out four without a walk. CJ WIlson shut down the Mariners in a 1-0 Angels win, giving up two hits over seven scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three.
Hitting Lines of the Night: The unimaginable season from Chris Davis continues, as he led the Orioles to a 13-3 whooping of the Tigers by going 3/5 with a double, two homers, and five RBI. In game one of the Yankees-Dodgers doubleheader, the Yankees won 6-4 behind Ichiro Suzuki going 3/4 with a homer, two runs, and three RBI. In the losing effort, Hanley Ramirez went 4/4 with two runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer. Michael Brantley powered the Indians to a 6-3 win against the Royals, going 2/3 with two homers and three RBI. Finally, there's the growing legend of Yasiel Puig, who combined to go 4/9 in the doubleheader with four runs, a double, and a homer.
Other Games: BJ Upton continued to heat up for the Braves in their 5-3 win over the Mets. A late homer by Cody Ross propelled the Diamondbacks to a 3-1 win over the Marlins. The Giants beat the Padres 4-2 and rained on their parade a bit. The Blue Jays moved to a game under .500, beating the Rockies 5-2. The Rays finally solved the Red Sox puzzle, winning 6-2 in Boston. The Rangers' bats woke up in a 9-4 thumping of the A's. The Twins beat the pathetic White Sox 7-4.
Today's Games: Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers in Houston. Roy Oswalt makes his Rockies debut against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals. Matt Moore and the Rays take on Andy Pettitte and the Yankees in the Bronx. John Lackey starts for the Red Sox in Detroit. Mike Minor and the Braves host the Mets in the decisive game five of their series. Scott Feldman and Lance Lynn will duel in St Louis. Felix Hernandez starts for the Mariners in Anaheim.
National TV: Red Sox-Tigers (7 PM, MLB Network), Rays-Yankees (7 PM, MLB Network)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.