Recapping a wild and wacky Saturday of baseball
Seattle 4, Houston 2 Astros starter Erik Bedard was taken out of the game after 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. However, thanks in part to 5 walks Bedard had given up two runs and the game was tied at 2. Reliever Jose Cisnero walked a man, then got another out, then Michael Saunders hit this double to score two runs. That provided the winning runs for Seattle...and was their only hit of the game. Erik Bedard did not give up a hit, but get the loss. Weird, weird game.
N.Y. Yankees 5, Boston 2 Hiroki Kuroda was quietly excellent again (7 IP, 2 ER), the offense rapped 10 hits off John Lackey, and Chris Stewart did this.
Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4 The Reds scored four in the 1st, but a bases loaded walk by Joey Votto in the 6th ended up being the winning run.
L.A. Dodgers 3, Washington 1 (10 innings) The Dodgers are half game out of first now after Hanley Ramirez doubled in the 10th to score Gonzalez to put them ahead, then later scored on an Ethier sac fly. The Nationals are below .500 again.
L.A. Angels 2, Oakland 0 CJ Wilson is starting to feel it again. He was 2 outs away from a complete game shutout before being pulled.
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3 After the game, Mark Buehrle was quoted, "Maybe we were overrated. Maybe we aren't as good as we thought we were." Buehrle's pitching put the Jays down 4-0 before they slowly came back, but it ended with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 9th.
San Francisco 4, Arizona 3 5 innings and 2 earned runs doesn't seem like much, but it's a start for Matt Cain. Straight center field blasts by Buster Posey help too.
Kansas City 6, Detroit 5 The Royals got to Justin Verlander for all 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings. Even the eternally struggling Mike Moustakas got in on the act, hitting a huge homer. Really, here's the video proof. The Royals are now only 6 games out.
N.Y. Mets 5, Philadelphia 4 A 5-2 Mets lead in the 9th got interesting after a two-run Chase Utley homer, then a Dominic Brown double. Luckily for Mets' fans' psyches, Darin Ruf lined out to end it.
Baltimore 7, Texas 4 O's lead 7-0 after three innings, as Miguel Gonzalez held off the Rangers with just 1 run in 6 2/3. Tommy Hunter then gave up three in the 8th to make an interesting, then Jim Johnson put two on in the 9th to get the tying run to the plate. Having spiked my blood pressure enough for one evening, Johnson finished the game off, albeit much more thorny than originally expected.
San Diego 5, St. Louis 3 The Padres led 4-0 after three, and held off the Cardinals offense just enough.
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2 All the runs came in the 6th. The Indians scored on a Jason Kipnis homer. The Twins scored three with the help of defense like this.
Chicago White Sox 10, Atlanta 6 The White Sox offense wakes up for once, led by this grand slam by Alex Rios.
Colorado 9, Chicago Cubs 3 Todd Helton 3 hits, Troy Tulowitzki 2 hits, Carlos Gonzalez a homer. No problems in beating the Cubs.
Milwaukee 6, Miami 0 The game went a lot better for the Brewers than the spelling of Ron Roenicke's uniform.