WOOHOO TRADES! Unfortunately, there weren't exactly huge names traded on Monday. Three players got dealt: all three were relievers. Jose Veras went to the Tigers, Scott Downs went to the Braves, and Jesse Crain went to the Rays. I'm sure there are going to be more relievers dealt over the next two days (hello, Milwaukee), but it's a little depressing when we're this close to the deadline and so many contenders appear to be done.
PIC OF THE DAY
Jason Giambi celebrates becoming the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walkoff homer (David Richard-USA TODAY)
Game of the Night: Braves 9, Rockies 8. The Rockies plated five runs in the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead…and promptly allowed six runs in the bottom of the third to lose that lead. But Colorado jumped back in front against an off his game, returning Brandon Beachy, tying the game after a solo homer by Nolan Arenado and taking the lead on a run-scoring wild pitch from by David Carpenter. In the fifth, Atlanta jumped back in front thanks to an RBI double by Dan Uggla and an RBI single from rookie Joey Terdoslavich. In the ninth, with closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable, Jordan Walden came in for the save, and after striking out Charlie Blackmon to start the inning, walked Dexter Fowler and allowed back to back singles to DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez to tie the game. The Braves went down in order in the ninth, and the Rockies had a quiet tenth thanks to Scott Downs' mastery in his first game as a Brave. In the bottom of the tenth, Uggla led off with a walk against Edgmer Escalona, and Andrelton Simmons followed up with the ultra-rare walkoff triple to give the Braves their fourth straight win and put them nine up on the Nationals in the NL East.
Pitching Lines of the Night: David Price carried the Rays to a 2-1 win in Boston, allowing one run on two hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight without a walk. Jeff Samardzija pitched great for the Cubs in their 5-0 loss to the Brewers, giving up three hits over seven shutout innings, walking a pair and striking out seven. Mike Leake pitched well for the Reds as they lost to the Padres 2-1 in walkoff fashion, allowing four hits over seven scoreless frames, punching out five and walking a pair. Francisco Liriano torched the Cardinals in Pittsburgh's 9-2 win, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. Finally, Jered Weaver pitched great for the Angels as they fell 4-3 to the Rangers after a walkoff homer, giving up one run on five hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out six.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Yoenis Cespedes smashed his way through the Blue Jays in a 9-4 A's win, going 3/5 with two runs, three RBI, a triple, and a homer. Carlos Gonzalez went a perfect 5/5 in Atlanta with a run, two RBI, and two stolen bases. His teammate Wilin Rosario went 3/5 with a solo homer, while his other teammate Nolan Arenado went 2/4 with a double and a solo homer. Andrelton Simmons went 3/5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI in the win for the Braves.
Other Games: The Indians collected a 3-2 walkoff win over the White Sox. The Mets edged the Marlins 6-5.
What You Missed: The Richmond Flying Squirrels are holding a "salute to scandal" night. Could a possible Chase Utley extension be a good move for the Phillies? The Jake Peavy trade market is alive (and confusing). Jonathan Papelbon thinks the Phillies need changes. Our friends at Hall of Very Good announced their latest two inductees: Dale Murphy and Steve Blass.
Today's Games: Doubleheader in Chicago today, with Yovani Gallardo starting game one for the Brewers and Jake Arrieta starting game two for the Cubs. The Cardinals and Pirates also have a double dip in Pittsburgh, with Lance Lynn and AJ Burnett getting the nod in game one. Bud Norris is *scheduled* to start for the Astros in Baltimore against Wei-Yin Chen. Jake Peavy gets the nod for the White Sox in Cleveland. Stephen Strasburg and Anibal Sanchez will duel in Detroit. Zack Wheeler gets the nod for the Mets in Miami. CJ Wilson and Derek Holland will duel in Texas. Ervin Santana gets the nod for the Royals in Minnesota. Andy Pettitte and Zack Greinke will duel in Los Angeles. Mat Latos and the Reds take on his former team, the Padres.
National TV: Cardinals-Pirates (4 PM, MLB Network), Mariners-Red Sox (7 PM, MLB Network(, Rockies-Braves (7 PM, MLB Network), Reds-Padres (10 PM, MLB Network), Yankees-Dodgers (10 PM, MLB Network)
MLB.tv Free Game: Diamondbacks-Rays (7 PM)
Pitching Matchup of the Day: Stephen Strasburg vs Anibal Sanchez (Nationals vs Tigers, 7 PM)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.