The Dodgers epic run continues [MLB Saturday Recap]
L.A. Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 0 Clayton Kershaw was brilliant, throwing 8 shutout innings and striking out 8, with a RBI double to boot. The Dodgers are 42-8 in their last 50 games, only the third time that's happened since 1900. The other two are the 1941 Yankees and the 1942 Cardinals. Both of those teams went on to win the World Series.
Washington 8, Atlanta 7 (15 innings) Where to begin? First, Mike Minor was pulled in the 2nd due to ineffectiveness. Then Stephen Strasburg was ejected in the 2nd for throwing behind Andrelton Simmons (see below, if that wasn't on purpose that wildness could be a problem). The Nats led 7-5 in the 9th, but Rafael Soriano blew the save. The game went on and on to the 15th, thanks in part to an incredible play by Simmons. Kris Medlen threw 3 innings in relief, but gave up a homer to Adam LaRoche in the 15th. Dan Haren then came in and closed out the game for his first career save. There haven't been many games this year as bizarre as this one.
Detroit 6, Kansas City 5 The Royals clawed back in this game after an early deficit, but Miguel Cabrera had the final say in the 9th and knew what to do with it.
Boston 6, N.Y. Yankees 1 John Lackey did what he needed to do, giving up just 1 run in 6 2/3 innings. The Red Sox offense were able to get to Hiroki Kuroda, scoring 5 (only 3 earned though) against him.
Arizona 15, Pittsburgh 5 Those that were waiting for Jeff Locke to regress got it all at once. Locke was torched for 10 hits and 8 runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Pirates did get back to within 3 before the D'Backs exploded again in the 8th and 9th.
St. Louis 4, Chicago Cubs 0 Joe Kelly threw 6 shutout innings, and Yadier Molina hit a homer in just his 2nd game back from injury. The Cardinals are still 70-52 despite some recent struggles.
Cleveland 7, Oakland 1 The A's had the top defensive highlights with Eric Sogard and Josh Reddick, but the Indians won on a strength of two Michael Bourn home runs and solid pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez.
Baltimore 8, Colorado 4 The Orioles finally took advantage of a bad pitcher, scoring 7 in the 3rd to put the game away early and break a 4 game losing streak.
Milwaukee 2, Cincinnati 0 A Logan Schafer 2 run double in the 4th proved to be enough for the Brewers, helped a lot by a vintage Yovani Gallardo outing (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R).
L.A. Angels 6, Houston 5 (10 innings) It's been a tough year for Josh Hamilton and the Angels, but they at least get one nice moment here with a walk-off in the 10th.
Texas 15, Seattle 3 It was a rare off night for King Felix, who gave up 5 runs in as many innings, all in the 2nd. It didn't get out of hand though until Texas put up 8 in the 8th.
Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2 Jose Baustista gave the Jays the lead in the 1st with a solo shot, a lead Toronto never relinquished. Adam Lind hit two homers to party like it's 2009.
San Francisco 6, Miami 4 The Giants won, but the highlight was Giancarlo Stanton crushing a ball within an inch of its life one pitch after taking a high and inside pitch.
San Diego 8, N.Y. Mets 2 Homers by Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko led the Padres to victory.
Chicago White Sox 8, Minnesota 5 Chris Sale finally got some run support, and Andrew Albers finally gave up runs. Ignore Hawk Harrelson and watch this play by Gordon Beckham.