Sunday, August 22, 2010
In case of emergency, use Stairs
In the 8th inning of the San Diego Padres loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Matt Stairs hit his 21st career pinch-hit HR to establish an MLB record. Stairs previously shared the record with Cliff Johnson.
Jed Lowrie won it for the Boston Red Sox with a walk-off HR in the 11th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. It is Lowrie's first career walk-off HR and the first walk-off HR for the Red Sox this season. The Red Sox entered the game as one of just six MLB teams without a walk-off HR this season. Lowrie now has three HR this season, all in his last five games.
The Kansas City Royals take Game One of their doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on the strength of Yuniesky Betancourt's fifth career walk-off hit in the 11th inning. The Royals trailed 5-1 before Betancourt's grand slam tied it in the 7th inning. Betancourt has three grand slams this season, which matches a Royals single-season record and is tied for the most in MLB this season with Alex Rodriguez.
The Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 at Citizens Bank Park. The Bank has a reputation as a hitter's haven, but the Phillies have now scored fewer than 2 runs at home 16 times this season. That is more than any other National League team and the most such games the Phillies have ever had since the park opened in 2004.
Stephen Strasburg left the game in the fifth inning with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. He will undergo an MRI on Sunday. If this is his last appearance of the season, his rate of 12.18 K per 9 IP would be pretty historic. Among rookies with at least 10 starts, only Kerry Wood (in 1998) struck batters out at a higher clip.
The New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1, in a rain-shortened game. This might sound insignificant. However, with the win the Mets clinch their FIRST road series win against an NL opponent all season! The Mets are the only team in MLB with 2 rain-shortened wins this season.
The Cardinals snap their five-game losing streak and hand Tim Lincecum his fourth straight loss. Lincecum allowed six hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings to fall to 0-4 with an 8.38 ERA this month. It's his first career loss to the Cardinals and the first time he's allowed 4+ ER in three straight starts. His eight losses this season are a career high and he's lost four straight starts for the first time in his career.
Brennan Boesch got his 100th hit of the season in the Detroit Tigers win over the Cleveland Indians. He and Austin Jackson are the first pair of Tigers rookies with 100+ hits in a season since Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell in 1978.