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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Rangers 6, Rays 5: Adrian Beltre was last week's player of the week after hitting for the cycle one night and hitting three bombs on another. He's off to a good start for that award again, going 3 for 3 with a homer a double and four RBI. David Price had one of his worst outings of the season (4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER).
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3: Also continuing his hot streak: Matt Holliday. He hit his 24th homer, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth. The Pirates have dropped six of their last seven. Are we allowed to talk about them playing to break the streak of sub-.500 seasons yet, or do we still have to act like they're in the wild card hunt?
Mariners 1, Twins 0: Felix Hernandez is ridiculously good (CG SHO, 5 H, 5K). Later this morning we'll hear more about how the Yankees should trade for him. His fifth shutout of the year, by the way. Tough luck loss for Liam Hendricks, who allowed one run over nine innings.
Athletics 3, Indians 0: Brett Anderson's return continues to be stellar. He shut the Tribe out over seven, allowing only two hits. Oakland has won nine of 11.
Padres 3, Braves 0: Casey Kelly's major league debut: fantasitc (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER). He also hit a single. I think it's now officially safe to say, if it wasn't already, that the Padres won the first Adrian Gonzalez trade. Yasmani Grandal accounted for all of the Padres' runs, with a homer and a single. San Diego has won eight straight.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 7: Colby Rasmus put his hair in some seriously stupid looking cornrows recently. He took them out before this game, however, and hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to put the Blue Jays in front. There's a lesson in there for you kids. Of course, Derek Jeter tied it in the bottom half, so there's a lesson in there too. Basically, just don't be a total douche and instead be a professional and good things will happen. In extras, Derek Lowe threw a ball away, putting the go-ahead run on third, which eventually scored. Darren Oliver beats Derek Lowe, because it's 1999 or something. Oh, and Mark Teixeira left with a calf strain and he's gonna miss a couple of weeks.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Baltimore wins another one-run game, its 13th straight. And Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer. They should be called the Batlimore Oh Reallys?
Red Sox 5, Royals 1: Dice-K with his first win since the Cold War or thereabouts. Forgive me if I assume this had more to do with the Royals bats than Matsuzaka's skillz.
Rockies 10, Dodgers 0: Josh Beckett's debut for the Dodgers looked a lot like most of his starts for the Red Sox. Inefficient, deliberate and, while not a total disaster, not particularly effective either. Didn't matter much, though, given that Jeff Francis and the bullpen didn't allow a run. And even if they had, the Dodgers' pen got violated for seven runs in the eighth.
Brewers 15, Cubs 4: Five homers for the Brewers including two from Aramis Ramirez. Ryan Braun had four hits and drove in five.
Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2: Bronson Arroyo pitched well and hit a home run to put the Reds ahead. Sometimes you gotta do everything yourself.
10 years ago today, Odalis Perez had quite a day for himself. A decade ago, he barely needed his teammates to win a game – which is nice because they barely helped him.
On Aug. 28, 2002, Odalis Perez was the starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heading into the day, Perez was having a nice season, with an 11-8 record backed up by a 3.14 ERA. This would be his best game ever.
On the mound, Perez was effective, though not overwhelming. He fanned the occasional batter, but wasn’t ringing up too many Ks. He gave up a few hits, but the Diamondbacks couldn't really get a rally going. Arizona had five hits through five innings, but had neither scored nor seriously threatened to.
However, the Dodgers were having troubles of their own scoring. Journeyman starter Rick Helling had a shutout of his own going through the first four innings. And with the bottom of Arizona’s order coming up, it looked like a 0-0 game would continue into the sixth.
That isn’t what happened, though for a few seconds it looked like what would happen. The first two batters went down easily. But then came the last man in the order – pitcher Odalis Perez. Normally you wouldn’t think of the opposing pitcher as a tough out. And in Perez’s case, you’d be right. He was a career .132 hitter with just one home run in 391 PA.
But guess what—that home run came right here.
With his bat, Perez gave himself a 1-0 lead, and his arm made it hold. He retired the side in order in the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
However, after eight frames his pitch count was 108, so Arizona skipper Bob Brenly went to his bullpen to close it out. Reliever Mike Koplove struggled a bit, surrendering a leadoff single and a two-out walk, but fanned the other three batters he faced to preserve the win.
And like that, Perez had pitched eight shutout innings for a 1-0 win – with the run coming courtesy his own solo home run. Yeah, that was a big day for Odalis Perez.
Aside from that, many other baseball events celebrate their anniversary or day-versary (which is something that occurred X-thousand days ago) today. Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d rather just skim over things.
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