The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Arizona DiamondBacks 13, St. Louis Cardinals 8
A lot went on in this one. Justin Upton hit a three run bomb off Chris Carpenter to get the Dbacks rolling early. Did anyone see Kirk Gibson’s first ejection as a big league manager? He went absolutely nuts. I think the Dbacks have found their skipper. Albert Pujols got three hits–so he may be heating up. Juan Miranda went big fly, as well as Colby Rasmus and Lance Berkman.
Chicago White Sox 6, Oakland Athletics 5 (10)
These two teams are battling one another really tough. Adam Dunn returned from his appendicitis injury with a 1 for 4 performance. Daric Barton had four hits, and Hideki Matsui added three with two RBI’s. Old man Omar Vizquel had three more to add to his career total, now standing at 2,804. The whole damn show was Alexei Ramirez, who homered twice and drove in four including a walk-off job in the 10th.
Anaheim Angels 2, Cleveland Indians 0
The Cleveland Indians ran into a buzzsaw finally that was hot enough to snap their 8-game winning streak in Dan Haren. Haren went the distance, firing a one-hitter that saw .190 hitting Shin-Soo Choo get the only hit for the Tribe. Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels, and Peter Bourjos had two hits including a home run. Fausto Carmona pitched really well in the loss for the Indians who continue to get quality outings out of their staff.
San Francisco Giants 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Brian Wilson looked good in the 9th in this one. He struck out the side, locking down his first save. Buster Posey had three hits and drove in two. Aaron Rowand had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI on a triple in the leadoff spot for the Giants. Tim Lincecum started but wasn’t at his best. Matt Kemp is on fire, getting on base four times and raising his average to .472 for the season.
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Boston Red Sox 2
Boston is 2-9 ladies and gents. Carl Crawford went hitless again. Sam Fuld and Johnny Damon were the ignition at the top of the lineup once again, accounting for three hits and all three runs batted in. David Price out-dueled Jon Lester, which is quite an accomplishment for this frail Rays lineup. Kyle Farnsworth earned his second save, and Darnell McDonald homered in the losing effort for the Sox.