Orioles 3, Angels 2: Baltimore is the first team this year with 9+ hits and all of them singles.
- Darren O’Day faced one batter and got two outs, on a DP grounder. But Dan Otero went one better the day before, with a lot of help from his backstop. Otero came on in the 8th inning of the Giants-Mets game with Jason Bay at bat, two men aboard and no outs. Buster Posey first picked off Ike Davis at 1B, then threw out David Wright stealing 3rd two pitches later; then Otero retired Bay on a groundout. Otero’s outing was the first time since April 2009 that a pitcher faced one batter and got 3 outs.
Padres 6, Phillies 1: Nick Hundley is the first hitter in 10 years to cram a HR, a 3B and a sac fly into no more than 4 times up. The last to do it was Jared Sandberg, Ryne’s nephew. (The last before him is currently managing in Miami.)
- Before Saturday, Philly had won 13 straight games in San Diego, and had gone 10 straight games there allowing 2 runs or less. The 11 runs scored by the Padres in the last two games is more than they had scored off Philly in the last 10 games in SD.
- Joe Savery of the Phils is one of three pitchers this year who have faced at least 16 batters without a strikeout. Savery has allowed just 1 hit and 1 run in 4.1 IP; the other two combined have allowed 19 hits and 13 runs in 5 IP.
Diamondbacks 6, Braves 4: Surprise, surprise — an early bases-filling IBB blew up into a 5-run inning. Some folks might forgive Fredi Gonzalez for opting to fill ’em up with 2 out and go after pitcher Ian Kennedy, a career .156 hitter. But in the 2nd inning of a game that you’re leading 1-0? Sorry, no — I’ll take my chances with career .238 hitter John McDonald.
- Anyway, Randall Delgado walked Kennedy on four pitches, then threw ball 1 to Gerardo Parra. The next pitch to Parra never came back, and neither did Atlanta.
- Arizona snapped a 5-game slide, as well as a 4-game stretch scoring 2 runs or less. Atlanta had won the first 3 games of the series by a combined 22-5.
- Feast or famine: The ChiSox have 9 hitters qualified for the batting title. Five have OPS+ of 130 and up; four are below 60.
- I can’t help thinking that this guy should be on the other side of town. I don’t think the Sox will pay his El fare, though. Check out these minor-league stats: 108 IP, 60 hits, 20 walks, 155 Ks. In the majors so far: 14 IP, 2 walks, 20 Ks.
One thing I usually do when looking through the day’s box scores is to add up the record of the teams that walked more than their opponents. Sunday, they were 7-3-2. More on this sometime soon.