Tuesday game notes (just a few)
@Yankees 7, Rays 0: Wow, Andy Pettitte! He shut down Tampa on 2 walks and 2 singles — one infield, one grounder into right — through 7.1 IP, with 10 strikeouts, including 5 straight. The Rays had 3 ABs against him with a runner in scoring position, and Andy fanned ‘em all.
- It was exactly 2 years since Pettitte’s last 10-K performance.
- Freddy Garcia got the last 5 outs. Since moving to the ‘pen, he’s allowed 2 ER in 11 IP. But this is the first time he relieved in a win.
- James Shields gave up a grand slam to Russell Martin, but he still has the best bases-loaded splits I can recollect: a .178 BA and .218 OBP in 78 PAs, with almost as many GDPs as hits (12, 13). Just 1 sac fly in 44 sacks-full chances.
- On the other hand … Big Game James(?) is now 5-13, 4.55 in 23 career starts against the Yanks, and 13-25, 4.45 against the Bombers and BoSox combined. Against everyone else, he’s 65-42, 3.85.
- Scoreless starts by Yankees this year: Pettitte-2, Kuroda-2, Phelps-1 … Sabathia-0. In fact, CC has allowed at least 2 runs in all 11 starts. Don’t get me wrong — his steady 6-to-8 IP on 2-to-4 runs has real value for a strong hitting team, as reflected in his 7-2 record. But it’s 5 games deeper into the year than he’s ever gone before without a start allowing 1 run or none.
Dodgers 2, @Phillies 1: When you look at the lineup that kept Cliff Lee winless despite 12 Ks in 7.2 IP, you get the feeling that Destiny has taken a hand against the Phils. And then there’s LA’s winning rally in the 8th:
- Leadoff double by Matt Treanor (career .202 BA vs. lefties);
- Attempted sacrifice by Tony Gwynn, but Treanor is thrown out at 3rd;
- Pinch-single by Bobby Abreu, but Gwynn is thrown out at 3rd (he’s gone 1st-to-3rd just once in 8 chances);
- Dee Gordon gets a hit (this alone is worth the price of admission!);
- And finally, the rookie Elian Herrera, who didn’t get the ball out of the infield in his 3 prior trips, fouls off a couple of 2-strike pitches and booms a 2-run double that just eludes Juan Pierre at the LF wall. (Herrera in high-leverage situations is 6 for 13 with 8 RBI.)
- I’m not close to the SF situation, so maybe one of you can explain Bochy’s reliever usage: Having used just 2 relievers in the previous 2 games, for a total of 2.2 IP, and having gotten 6 IP from Lincecum and 1 from Clay Hensley to carry a 1-run lead into the last of the 8th, Bochy stirred up the bullpen lotto numbers and drew the name of lefty Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched 2 innings the day before, to face (a) a lefty with 1 HR on the season, (b) a righty power hitter, and (c) a switch-hitting power hitter who has really raked LHPs this year. It was (b) that blew up on him this time, as Carlos Quentin hit his 2nd HR of the night to tie the game and 5th in 6 games this year.
- Then, still tied in the 9th, Bochy turned to Steve Edlefsen (6.57 career ERA at that point). Two pitches later, ballgame. Were Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla both unavailable? I’d hate to think he was saving them for a lead, rather than the highest-leverage inning there is.
- Logan’s Run (or would you prefer The Forsyth Saga?): In his first game of the year Sunday, Logan Forsythe assembled a stats melange that has only 5 known matches: triple, double, GIDP, caught stealing (on a blown squeeze). He did all that in just 3 PAs, which no one else has ever done.
- Minny’s last 1-0 loss was almost a year ago, 2011-06-07, with Francisco Liriano also the hard-luck loser (unearned run).
- The Twins threatened in the 9th with Willingham’s 1-out double off Broxton and a walk to Morneau, but Broxton got the last 2 men for his 13th save (2 blown) and 8th without a strikeout. “Pitching to contact” seems to be working for him … for now.
Orioles 8, @Red Sox 6: Epic struggle in Fenway: BoSox down by 2 in the 9th and down to their last strike, Saltalamacchia fouled off 3 straight, then took Jim Johnson on a Monster ride to his first blown save of the year. But the O’s calmly went back to work, scored 2 in the 10th and regained a share of 1st place.
- Baltimore tied a season high with 15 hits — no HRs and just 2 XBH, but they went 8 for 17 with RISP (Boston 1 for 8). It’s their 2nd win without a HR; every team has at least 2 except the Yankees (0-12).
- Salty has 2 of Boston’s 3 tying or go-ahead HRs in the 9th or later this season, both in the last 10 days, both snapping season-long save streaks.
- Still no sign of a breakout by Adrian Gonzalez (0-5, .262, 4 HRs) or Kevin Youkilis (0-5, .234, 12 RBI in 30 games and the worst walk rate of his career, by far). They went 0-4 with RISP combined, and Youk popped out in the 9th on a 2-0 count with the tying run on 1st.
- No-confidence vote, or just foolishness? In the bottom of the 1st, no score, 1 out, Scott Podsednik tried to steal 2nd on the first pitch to Gonzalez and was cut down easily on a laser by Matt Wieters, who has thrown out 41%. Despite his struggles, Gonzalez leads the league with 20 doubles and has just 3 GIDPs.
- 25 straight starts without a walk by Mike Aviles, tying the MLB season high. Among active players with 1,000 PAs, Aviles has the 4th-lowest walk rate, 1 BB per 25.2 PAs.
@Angels 6, Mariners 1: Eight Ks and the first career win for Garrett Richards, a 1st-round pick by the Angels in 2009. They had 5 of the top 49 picks in that draft, including Mike Trout and Tyler Skaggs, both as compensation for Teixeira signing with NYY. Skaggs is currently mowing ‘em down in AA at age 20 (2nd-youngest in that circuit); in over 300 minor-league IP, he’s averaged over 10 SO/9 and 4 SO/BB.
- What odds could you have gotten on this proposition bet? “The Angels’ season OPS+ mark will be shattered this year … but not by Albert.” Their record is 165, shared by Tim Salmon and the eternally underrated Bobby Grich. Trumbo is at 182. (OK, there’s a lot of season left….)
- Ichiro now 0-17 since his 2 HRs (including 0-4 in the rest of that game). Three straight hitless games with 4+ ABs is one shy of his career long.
- Michael Saunders had 3 hits with a HR and double; the rest of the lineup had 2 singles.
@Nationals 7, Mets 6 (12): Don’t even get me started. The play-by-play tells it all.
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