Last week, I wrote about how Dan Haren couldn’t buy a win for the Angels, despite being one of their most effective starters. Last night, Haren only got three runs of support, but he threw the team on his back and earned his second win of the season. Haren threw a complete game shutout against the Mariners, and in typical Haren fashion, was dominant. He allowed four hits, didn’t allow a walk, and struck out 14. His game score of 93 is in the top five for the year for all pitchers, and is just two points behind Jered Weaver’s no hitter against the Twins a couple weeks ago.
Game of the Night: Phillies 10, Cardinals 9. This was crazy. Joe Blanton and Jake Westbrook were both coming into this game with solid numbers, and both got shelled, combining to throw eight innings and allow 18 hits and 13 runs. Yeah, one of THOSE games. After five, the slate was essentially clean with a 7-7 score. The Phillies took a 9-7 lead in the sixth, and the Cardinals cut it to 9-8 in the seventh. Philly got an insurance run in the eighth to make it 10-8, and the Cardinals answered with one of their own to make it 10-9. But the Cardinals couldn’t break through against Jonathan Papelbon, and that was a wrap. The teams combined for 33 hits, and perhaps more amazingly, the Phillies only had one homer. They had a .459 BABIP on the night. Yeah.
Pitching Line of the Night: Haren was pretty much the only amazingly good pitcher on the day. I’ll give some love to Justin Verlander (as usual) who went eight in Cleveland, and allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out seven.
Hitting Line of the Night: Justin Morneau has risen from the dead, going 3/5 with three runs, three RBI, a double and two homers. Melky Cabrera continues his great year, going 3/5 with three runs, four RBI, a pair of doubles and a stolen base. Yadier Molina went 4/5 with three RBI and a homer for the Cardinals.
Spotlight Series: New series writeup coming…today!
Other Games: The Indians edged the Tigers 2-1 to complete a sweep. The Reds beat the Braves 6-3 to finish off a four game sweep. The White Sox bats went nuts and they beat the Twins 11-8. The Padres had a rare offensive breakout in an 11-5 win over the Mets. The Giants offense went bonkers, and they beat the Marlins 14-7.
Today’s Games: Jason Hammel starts for the Orioles against the Royals. Ryan Dempster and AJ Burnett will duel in Pittsburgh. Johnny Cueto goes for the Reds against the Rockies. Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays takes on the Rangers. Tim Lincecum and Josh Johnson will go at it in Miami. Ross Detweiler and Tim Hudson will duel in Atlanta in the battle for first place in the NL East. Cliff Lee takes on Kyle Lohse in St Louis. Ervin Sanatana starts against the Mariners. Clayton Kershaw will face off against the Astros.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.