DiamondBacks 10, Devil Rays 8
Going walk-off gets you into this slot in the nightly wrap & recap. Chris Young had the big walkoff blast in the battle of the league’s last expansion teams, while ageless Tony Clark and Carlos Quentin also homered. The man traded for Curt Schilling got the win, Brandon Lyon–although no longer the closer he is quietly having a great season (5-2, 2.43).
Josh Beckett continued his Cy Young run of the AL and the entire MLB with his 10th win of the season to go along with only one loss. Beckett threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, walking two and striking out three. David Ortiz’s 12th homerun of the season off Tim Hudson helped jump start the Boston offense.
This is what you’d expect to happen when the team that represented the American league in the World Series last season faces off against the Washington Nationals; who are of knock-off brand in quality when talking about ballclubs. Every Detroit starter save pitcher Chad Durbin had at least a hit, as Sean Casey homered and drove in 4 runs. Jason Simontacchi (I saw this one coming) might qualify for box score line of the year as he allowed 10 hits and 10 earned runs in three innings. He did manage to strikeout Brandon Inge–
who reportedly attempted suicide directly afterwards in the clubhouse.
The Colorado Rockies are very quietly getting it done, 2 games over .500 (as the Yankees are) and defeated the Yankees in a pitchers duel at Coors Field in Colorado. Josh Fogg out-dueled Mike Mussina for his 3rd win of the season. Todd Helton, who may be auditioning for a spot on the New York squad, went 1 for 2 on a quiet night offensively. Mike Mussina picked up the loss allowing 3 ER on 7 hits in 6 innings striking out 6. Yorvit Torrealba homered for the Rockies in the 6th off Mussina, serving as the games only homerun and the offensive jolt that put the Colorado squad ahead to stay.