Both Brandon McCarthy and Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively, but a three-run bottom of the 8th was the difference maker for the Braves. At this point, it feels like a given that they’ll score in the first inning, the only question is how many times they’ll cross home.
Wow. The team with the highest payroll loses again to the team with the lowest payroll. The Dodgers can drop no further as their record is now the same as that of the Fish.
Red Sox 6
Chris Sale struck out nine batters through five innings, and both J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts hit dingers (Bogaerts’ of the three-run variety).
Yet another NL West competitor is defeated by a terrible ball club. While the top half of the Reds lineup performed, starter Matt Harvey gave up three runs through four innings and the Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hit yet another home run, his second in as many days.
The Brew Crew brought their bats to the desert today, shellacking Matt Koch to the tune of eight earned runs over four and a third innings pitched. Yelich, Shaw, and Santana each drove home a pair of runs.
Bartolo “Big Sexy” Colon does it again, collecting the win with just three strikeouts but zero earned runs over seven and two thirds innings. The score doesn’t do this one justice as both teams were at goose eggs heading into the eighth, but a four run 9th for Texas sealed the deal.
C.J. Cron keeps up his torrid pace as the Rays complete the sweep in K.C. Jason Hammel gave up five through six, and the Royals woes continue.
Blue Jays 12
In a complete 180 of yesterday’s contest, the Blue Jays took this opportunity to tee off of Zack Wheeler, and J.A. Happ threw seven shutout innings. Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez, and Richard Urena all went deep for Toronto and drove in a trio of runs.
Neither Lance Lynn nor Miles Mikolas were overly effective in this one, and the Cardinals finally got some offense out of veterans Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler. Carpenter, who is hitting .160 on the season, went 3/5 while Fowler was 2/3 with a pair of walks.
Trevor Bauer slammed the door on Detroit, hurling eight shutout innings and striking out ten Tigers. Bullpen woes be damned if Bauer can keep at this and Carrasco and Co. can catch up.
White Sox 2
The Pirates continue to overperform with this win over the White Sox. Jameson Taillon threw well and Sean Rodriguez drove in a pair of runs but it was Josh Bell’s pinch hit RBI single that was the difference maker in this one.
In the day’s earliest matchup, Nick Pivetta struck out 11 Orioles while only giving up a solo home run to the red-hot Adam Jones. Odubel Herrera extended his on base streak to 42 straight games. #BeBold.
Justin Verlander threw a complete game shutout and recorded his 2,500th strikeout versus Shohei Ohtani. At 35 years old he looks better than ever as he lowers his ERA to 1.05.