Dugout Digest – eastern lovin’

Of the four games played on Monday night, three were between eastern division teams. Tomorrow, two more eastern division teams will play each other, with only the Phillies and the Orioles (who played this past weekend) being the division outliers of not playing a fellow eastern division teams. None of the games were particulary exciting, Of the 17 runs scored in the three games, 12 came in the first three innings of the games. It just…wasn't an exciting long-form night of baseball. Hell, once the clock hit 8 PM, all three of the games essentially just stagnated. Man…games like this are a killer.

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Game of the Night: Nationals 6, Blue Jays 3. This one kind of wins by default. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow left after throwing just nine pitches, straining his oblique and knocking him out of the game. The Blue Jays bullpen was pushed into action early, and they couldn't hold the fort down. Washington got a pair in the first, as Bryce Harper singled in Steve Lombardozzi (who doubled off of Morrow as his only batter faced), and Michael Morse brought in Harper with a sac fly to make it a 2-0 lead for the Nationals. Colby Rasmus got a run back with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, but the Nationals would answer with a two-run homer off the bat of Adam LaRoche to make it a 4-1 lead in the third. An Ian Desmond RBI single in the seventh made it 5-1, and an Rick Ankiel solo homer in the eighth made it 6-1. The Jays rallied late on a two-run homer by Yan Gomes, but couldn't get anymore, and ended up falling 6-3.

Pitching Lines of the Night: Ivan Nova shut out the Braves for seven innings, giving up five singles while walking one and striking out six in New York's 3-0 win. In Miami's 4-1 win over Boston, Josh Johnson went seven innings and gave up just one run, allowing only four hits while walking one and striking out seven. Edwin Jackson went eight strong in Toronto as the Nationals won 6-3, giving up two runs on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.

Hitting Lines of the Night: Adam LaRoche went 2/5 with a two-run homer for the Nationals, and his teammate Bryce Harper went 3/4 with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. Scott Podsednik had a 3/4 game for the Red Sox, scoring a run and stealing a base. Mike Trout continued to do Mike Trout  things, going 2/4 with two runs, two RBI, a walk, a homer, and two stolen bases. Wow.

Spotlight Series: The Dodgers picked up two runs in the first inning againt Garrett Richards, but that would be all they'd get. Despite allowing the pair of runs (one earned), Richards only went five innings, walked five, and struck out four. The Angels slowly but surely rallied after those two early Dodger runs. Mike Trout hit a solo homer off of Chris Capuano in the fourth to make it 2-1, and Trout singled home Erick Aybar in the sixth to tie the game at two. It remained that way until the ninth, and with fireballing Dodgers closer on the mound, it didn't look good for the Angels. But then…Trout happened again. He walked with one out, and stole second. After Torii Hunter struck out, Albert Pujols singled Trout home to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. Ernesto Frieri set the Dodgers down in the ninth, and the Angels took a big game against their rivals.

Other Games: Nope, mentioned them all.

Today's Games: Ah, a beautiful full slate of games…I love it. The impressive Bud Norris starts in San Francisco against Madison Bumgarner. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees in Atlanta, and gets a nice matchup in the struggling Mike Minor. Clay Buchholz takes on Mark Buerhle in Miami. Ian Kennedy and Colby Lewis will go at it in Texas. Zack Greinke starts for the Brewers in his former home of Kansas City. Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals host the first place White Sox. Felix Hernandez will start at home for the Mariners against the Padres.

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and an associate editor at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is smack dab in the middle of some of the best (and worst) sports fans in the country.

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