Dugout Digest – the wrong ace

Felix Hernandez vs Justin Masterson. Man, when you heard about that pitching matchup yesterday, I'm sure you all figured that while both pitchers would do well, Hernandez would stand head and shoulders above Masterson…right? Well, not so much. Masterson shut out the Mariners in Cleveland's 6-0 win, and Hernandez's day was done after just five innings and six runs (five earned). Masterson didn't just have the best game of anyone in Cleveland yesterday, he had the best pitching performance out of *anyone* in the game…but we'll get to that a bit later.


Mets center fielder Juan Lagares tries (and fails) to make a diving catch at Wrigley. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Game of the Day: Phillies 3, Reds 2. The ending of this game wa bizarre. The Phillies picked up a run in the eighth off of Jonathan Broxton (who absolutely, postiively cannot pitch in Philadelphia anymore), and Aroldis Chapman came in to close the game out in the ninth. Chapman walked pinch hitter Delmon Young to lead the inning off, and Charlie Manuel pinch ran with Cliff Lee. Of course, Chapman managed to pick Lee off, much to the chagrin of Phillies fans. After taking a pitch, Erik Kratz blasted a game-tying homer to left field (which would have been a game-winner had Lee not been picked off). But Lee's baserunning blunder was wiped out when Freddy Galvis followed Kratz's homer with one of his own off of Chapman, giving the Phillies a big series win over Cincinnati.

Pitching Lines of the Day: Justin Masterson: seven shutout innings, three hits, two walks, 11 strikeouts. YOWZA. Ricky Nolasco led the Marlins to a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing one run on five hits in eight innings, striking out 11 and walking one. John Lackey was awesome for the Red Sox in their 5-1 win over the Twins, allowing just an unearned run on one hit in six innings, striking out five without a walk. Jeff Locke handcuffed the Astros in a 1-0 Pirates win, pitching seven shutout frames while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out four. Jason Vargas dazzled the White Sox in a 6-2 Angels win, allowing four hits over seven scoreless innings, walking three and striking out six. Finally, Rockies starter Juan Nicasio led his team to a 5-0 victory at home against the Giants, allowing three hits in six shutout innings while punching out five and allowing one free pass.

Hitting Lines of the Day: All hail Miguel Cabrera: despite the Tigers' 11-8 loss to the Rangers, Cabrera went 4/4 with four runs, five RBI, a walk, and three homers. Yonder Alonso powered the Padres to a 13-4 blowout win over the Nationals, going 3/4 with three runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer. David Murphy and Adrian Beltre did a good job offsetting Cabrera's damage to the Texas pitching staff, as Murphy went 2/3 with two runs, four RBI, a walk, and a homer, while Beltre went 4/5 with a run, two RBI, and two doubles. Michael Brantley gave Masterson some backing in Cleveland's win over Seattle, going 2/4 with two runs, four RBI, and a homer. Lastly, Dustin Pedroia had a good game for the Red Sox in their win in Minnesota, going 2/5 with two runs, three RBI, and a homer.

Other Games: The Braves beat the Dodgers 5-2, sweeping the series from Los Angeles. The Rays swept the Orioles after a 3-1 win, and Matt Moore improved to 8-0. The Cardinals beat former teammate Kyle Lohse and the Brewers 4-2. The A's beat the Royals 4-3 to finish off the sweep. The Mets edged the Cubs 4-3. The Blue Jays and Yankees were rained out.

Today's Games: Hisashi Iwakuma takes on Scott Kazmir in Cleveland. Jake Odorizzi makes his Rays debut against RA Dickey and the Blue Jays. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees at Camden Yards. Johnny Cueto returns from the DL for the Reds at Citi Field. Cole Hamels starts for the Phillies in Miami. Clayton Kershaw takes on Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park. Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox against the White Sox. Pat Corbin starts for the Diamondbacks in Denver. Jeremy Guthrie gets the nod for the Royals in Houston. The white hot Shelby Miller starts for the Cardinals in San Diego.

National TV: Yankees-Orioles (7:00, 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.