Indians 3, As 2: Justin Masterson pitched well on Puppypalooza night, which drew 269 dogs according to the game report. I don’t get it.
Tigers 7, Blue Jays 1: Max Scherzer struck out 8 over 8 IP, walking only 1. When Scherzer can command his fastball, he can be really, really good. I don’t think I’ll ever understand that trade for the Diamondbacks. Jose Bautista hit his 41st home run, which is about 20% more home runs than the next closest to him.
Twins 6, Rangers 4: Craig kind of has a schtick where he points out that premier pitching matchups didn’t live up to their billing. This was the case for Lee-Liriano last night, as Cliff Lee had some trouble with balls in play. Rangers fans hope Vlad is finally breaking out of his mighty, mighty slump.
White Sox 8, Orioles 0: Edwin Jackson was utterly dominant in blanking the Os—as the four Hardball Times writers in attendance tell me. Thanks, Harry, Chris, Max and Studes. The White Sox stay 3.5 GB of the Twins in the Central.
Astros 5, Phillies 1: The Phillies were swept by the Astros in Philadelphia, in a 4-game series no less. This would be more of a catastrophe if the Braves were playing well. But it still isn’t good.
Dodgers 7, Brewers 1: Carlos Monasterios was pulled in the 5th and the bullpen didn’t allow a hit as the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Brewers on the road.
Nationals 11, Cardinals 10: The Nats won in the 13th on Ian Desmond‘s walkoff single. Albert Pujols hit his 400th home run, but really, he’ll always be playing second fiddle to Jose Bautista, so I’m not even sure why he bothers.
Marlins 11, Mets 4: Jonathan Niese got absolutely lit up in the 6th despite striking out 8 through only 5 2/3. Hanley Ramirez homered and was 10-15 in the series, which is, you know, pretty good.