The Pitching Matchup of the Day I put together at the end of the Dugout Digest every day usually lives up to the hype to some extent. However, on Saturday night, the matchup I picked was a complete and utter bust. I thought Mike Minor and Stephen Strasburg would light the world on fire in Atlanta. And as the kids say: "welp". Minor was awful, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks while recording just five outs on the evening. That game score of 29 is pretty pathetic. On the other hand, Stephen Strasburg's night was over after just 26 pitches, but he didn't get hurt or stink up Turner Field like Minor did. No, Strasburg was ejected in the second inning of the game along with Nationals manager Davey Johnson due to a very ugly turn of events in Atlanta that saw Justin Upton get plunked in the first inning and Strasburg get ejected in the second after starting off his inning with seven straight balls, including three wild pitches, the final two of which were construed as him throwing at Andrelton Simmons. And thusly, the game turned into a battle of the bullpens, a battle that saw both teams completely empty out their relief corps and even delve into their rotations as Washington won 8-7 in 15 innings. Sunday is going to be one of those games in Atlanta where you just hope the starters each go eight innings, otherwise things could get ugly.
PIC OF THE DAY
Ian Kinsler is displeased. *VERY* displeased. (Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Tigers 6, Royals 5. The Royals did not need this to happen. They *really* did not need this to happen. After three early runs scored by Detroit, Kansas City notched three straight runs of their own to tie the game. Miguel Cabrera drove home Jose Iglesias in the fourth to put the Tigers back in front, but the Royals tied the game in the seventh after a solo homer from Sal Perez. But sure enough, in the bottom of the seventh, Detroit jumped back in front after a Prince Fielder solo homer. The Royals battled back again in the eighth, as Chris Getz singled in new Royal Emilio Bonifacio to knot the game at five. However in the ninth, the house of cards came crashing down for Kansas City. Aaron Crow came in to replace Kelvin Herrera, and the first hitter he faced was Cabrera, who hit a laser beam home over the right field fence to give the Tigers a walkoff win and crush some of the good vibes the Royals had rolling.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Clayton Kershaw rolled through the Phillies in the Dodgers' 5-0 win, allowing three hits over eight shutout innings, walking one and striking out eight. Yovani Gallardo helped the Brewers to a 2-0 win over the Reds, giving up three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless frames, punching out three and walking a pair. Joe Kelly had a fine outing for the Cardinals, who topped the Cubs 4-0, by allowing just four hits in six shutout frames, stirking out six and walking three. Ubaldo Jimenez had an interesting night for the Indians in their 7-1 win in Oakland, allowing one run on just one hit in 5 2/3 innings, but walking five to go along with eight strikeouts. Matt Cain pitched like Matt Cain as the Giants topped the Marlins 6-4, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking two.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Martin Prado helped the Diamondbacks thump the Pirates 15-5, going 4/5 with four runs, three RBI, a walk, and a homer. Paul Goldschmidt helped the Diamondback cause by going 3/6 with two runs, three RBI, and a homer. Juan Uribe had a good night with the bat for the Dodgers in Philly, going 3/3 with two runs, three RBI, a walk, a double, and a homer. Adam Lind helped the Blue Jays top the Rays 6-2, going 2/3 with a pair of solo homers and a walk. In Atlanta's marathon loss to the Nationals, Jason Heyward went 2/7 with a pair of homers and three RBI.
Other Games: The Red Sox beat the Yankees 6-1. The Orioles doubled up the Rockies 8-4. The White Sox beat the Twins 8-5. The Rangers obliterated the Mariners and Felix Hernandez 15-3. Once Jenrry Mejia left the game, it was smooth sailing for the Padres, who smashed the Mets 8-3. The Angels walked off on the Astros 6-5 in ten thanks to a Josh Hamilton solo homer.
Today's Games: Bruce Chen and Max Scherzer will duel in Detroit. Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants in Miami. Gio Gonzalez faces off with Julio Teheran in Atlanta, and hopefully no one gets thrown at. Jhoulys Chacin starts for the Rockies in Baltimore against Scott Feldman. Chris Archer and the Rays host the Blue Jays. Ricky Nolasco and the Dodgers look for the sweep in Philly against Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Wade Miley and Charlie Morton square off in Pittsburgh. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals in Chicago. Yu Darvish and the Rangers host the Mariners. Matt Harvey starts for the Mets in San Diego. CC Sabathia will be matched up with Ryan Dempster in Boston.
National TV: Dodgers-Phillies (1:30, TBS), Yankees-Red Sox (8:00, ESPN)
MLB.tv Free Game: Royals-Tigers (1:00 PM)
Pitching Matchup of the Day: Gio Gonzalez vs Julio Teheran (Nationals vs Braves, 1:30 PM)
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.