Last night may be one of the nuttiest baseball days I can ever remember! Here are the highlights:
- Braves pitcher Tim Hudson doubled and homered, helping himself win his 200th career game.
Other starting pitchers weren’t so lucky…
- Mets’ Jeremy Hefner pitches 8.1 shutout innings, leaves leading 1-0 with a man on third. His reliever Brandon Lyon gives up a single for a run, then the Marlins walk-off with a wild pitch.
- Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks also pitched a shutout into the ninth inning. After he was removed (after throwing just 88 pitches), J.J. Putz gave up a two-run homer to lose the game 2-1.
So two starting pitchers were removed in the ninth inning leading 1-0 and both teams lost.
- Poor Robin Ventura, all he needs is a reliever he can count on. He brought in a new White Sox pitcher for the sixth inning in a tie game. The pitcher walked a batter and was taken out. The new pitcher gave up a double to his only batter and was removed. The third reliever gave up single, single, walk, wild pitch, wild pitch, home run. Suffice to say, the game was no longer tied.
- In the Pirates and Brewers game, both starting pitchers were removed after five innings. Down 5-7, the Pirates hit a 3-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead. The Pirates relievers then gave up home runs in the bottom of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and the Brewers won 12-8.
- It was a Home Run Derby in Cleveland! Indians hit seven home runs by six different players, and a couple Phillies poke one out, too.
- Speaking of home runs, Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion hit an upper-deck shot that went over 500 feet, then after Boston took the lead EE hit a another two-run shot in the seventh inning to win the game.
- Nate McLouth led off the Orioles vs. Mariners game with a home run. Then after Manny Machado followed with a double, pitcher Brandon Mauerer threw two wild pitches to Nick Markakis and Machado scored. Double and two wild pitches, might as well have been another home run!
- The Angels and Athletics combined for five wild pitches, three errors and eleven walks. Do you think going 19 innings on Monday had anything to do with it?
- The Padres and Cubs combined to get 18 extra-base hits (plus 3 stolen bases).
- Last April, Philip Humber threw a perfect game. This April for the Astros he went 0-6.
Kuroda Kuroda struggled early, needing 67 pitches to get through three innings. There were lots of baserunners, but all seven were stranded and none scored. Because of his effectiveness with men on base, the pitching coach Larry Rothschild told him to pitch from the stretch the rest of the game. It worked: it took the Yankee pitcher 41 pitches to get through the next four innings, and the only hitter to reach base was caught stealing.
Astros DH Chris Carter hit a home run in the eighth inning, but that was after his 46th strikeout of the month, a new record.
Yup, it was one of those days.