Dugout Digest – the AL Least

Friday was not the best night for the American League East. Not only were the Rays the only team in the division to win on Friday night, they were the only team to score a *run*. The Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, and Blue Jays were all held scoreless in losses, and the four teams totaled juts 20 hits too. Talk about having a bad night…


Chase Headley nails Martin Prado with a takeout slide, and desperately sees if the throw hit its mark (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Night: Mets 7, Braves 5 (ten innings). This was a great game to watch as a neutral fan, and an absolutely excruciating one to watch as a fan of either team. The Mets took an early 3-0 lead, but Atlanta fought back and took a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Of course, that didn't stop Marlon Byrd from tying the game in the eighth with a solo homer off of Eric O'Flaherty. In the bottom of the eighth, Atlanta jumped back on top after Evan Gattis hit a solo homer off of Brandon Lyon. Then in the ninth, with Craig Kimbrel on the mound, David Wright hit a monstrous solo homer to tie the game up once again. The Mets broke through for good in the tenth against Jordan Walden, and Jeurys Familia shut the door in the bottom of the inning to finish off a crazy Mets win.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Jason Vargas threw a complete game shutout for the Angels in their 4-0 win over Baltimore, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out three. Felix Hernandez shut down the Blue Jays in Seattle's 4-0 win, allowing five hits in eight scoreless frames, striking out seven without a walk. Derek Holland allowed no runs in eight innings in the Rangers' 7-0 win over the Red Sox, giving up six hits and striking out nine with just one walk. AJ Burnett was excellent for the Pirates as they knocked off the Nationals 3-1, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.

Hitting Lines of the Night: In the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Brewers, Matt Holliday went 3/4 with three runs, two RBI, a walk, and a homer. The Indians edged the Twins 7-6 in ten, and Drew Stubbs went 4/5 with a run, an RBI, and three doubles. Adrian Beltre helped the Rangers to their win over the Red Sox by going 4/5 with a run, three RBI, and a double. The red hot Kyle Seager powered Seattle's offense in their win over Toronto, going 3/4 with a two-run homer. In their 7-6 loss to the Padres, Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero went 2/3 with three runs, a walk, and a homer. Finally, there's Buster Posey, who went 2/3 with a walk, a double, two RBI, and a walkoff homer in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

Other Games: The A's shut out the Yankees 2-0. The Reds withstood a late Cubs rally and won 6-5. The Phillies homered three times in a 4-1 win over the Marlins. The Tigers slipped by the Astros 4-3. The Rays beat the Rockies 7-4 in ten innings. 

What You Missed: This week's watchability rankings. Prospect Carlos Martinez got the call for the Cardinals. John Farrell's disapproval rating in Massachusetts is lower than Mother Teresa's. 

Today's Games: Tony Cingrani takes on Jeff Samardzija in an awesome NL Central battle. Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners take on RA Dickey and the Blue Jays. Adam Wainwright takes on Yovani Gallardo in Milwaukee. Stephen Strasburg starts for the Nationals in Pittsburgh. Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals host the White Sox. Jose Fernandez and the Marlins take on Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Max Scherzer starts for the Tigers in Houston. David Price gets the nod for the Rays in Colorado. John Lackey takes on Alexi Ogando in Texas. 

National TV: Cardinals-Brewers (4 PM, Fox), Nationals-Pirates (4 PM, Fox), Orioles-Angels (4 PM, Fox), Dodgers-Giants (9 PM, MLB Network), Padres-Diamondbacks (8:30 PM, MLB Network [alternate])

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

About Joe Lucia

I hate your favorite team. I also sort of hate most of my favorite teams.