Today’s MLB Recap

Jeff Locke dominates, going 7 strong, allowing only 2 Dodger hits, as Pirates win 3-0.

Jeff Locke dominates, going 7 strong, allowing only 2 Dodger hits, as Pirates win 3-0.

Los Angeles Dodgers (28-38) 0 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (40-27) 3

W: J. Locke (6-1)   L: S. Fife (1-2)   S: J. Grilli (24)

In this low scoring affair, The Pirates (40-27) shutout the Dodgers (28-38) 3-0. Jeff Locke pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, and striking out 5. Andrew McCutchen went 2-4, driving in 2 runs (35 RBI) and scoring a run as well. The Dodgers got a pretty good outing from their starter Stephen Fife, as he went for 5 innings, allowing just 6 hits, and 2 runs. The Dodgers just could not string together the hits against Locke. Yasiel Puig continued his tear since being called up, as he collected 2 hits, raising his average to .487 this season. Jason Grilli struck out 2 in the 9th to pick up his 24th save this season.

Chris Davis picks up his Major League leading 22nd home run, as his Orioles beat the Red Sox 2-0

Chris Davis picks up his Major League leading 22nd home run, as his Orioles beat the Red Sox 2-0

Boston Red Sox (41-28) 0 @ Baltimore Orioles (39-29) 2

W: C. Tillman (7-2)   L: R. Dempster (4-7)   S: J. Johnson (24)

The Orioles beat the Red Sox for the second consecutive night, as they close the AL East gap to just 1.5 games. Chris Davis homered (22) again for the Orioles, as his miraculous season continues on. The Orioles also got a strong pitching performance from Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.61 ERA), as he went for 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, and striking out 3. The Red Sox should be pleased as Ryan Dempster pitched well again in the loss. Dempster (4-7, 4.21 ERA) pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 5 walks, and strinking out 4. Jose Iglesias continued to swing a hot bat, picking up 2 hits, including a double (8), but unfortunately grounded into a double play to end the game, helping Jim Johnson pick up his 24th save.

Indians win with walk-off Jason Kipnis single, as Drew Stubbs wins the play at the plate.

Indians win with walk-off Jason Kipnis single, as Drew Stubbs wins the play at the plate.

Washington Nationals (33-33) 1 @ Cleveland Indians (33-33) 2

W: J. Smith (3-0)   L: F. Abad (0-1)

The Indians win it with a nice walk-off hit. Jason Kipnis hit a ball a ground ball to first base, and Drew Stubbs raced down the 3rd base line for a photo finish, as he just beat the tag. The Indians make it back to .500 as they win their 3rd straight, after losing their previous 8. Both teams got strong outings from their aces. Justin Masterson (8-5, 3.52 ERA) pitched 7 innings, allowing 1 run, while striking out 10. Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40 ERA) also went for 7 innings, allowing just 1 run, and striking out 8. Ryan Raburn homered (8) in the 4th inning to tie up the game, after the Nationals got their only run, off a Masterson wild pitch, in the 3rd.

Royals win again in Tampa, 7-2.

Royals win again in Tampa, 7-2.

Kansas City Royals (32-33) 7 @ Tampa Bay Rays (35-32) 2

W: L. Mendoza (2-3)   L: M. Moore (8-3)

The Royals take the second game in a row in Tampa. The Royals pull to within 1 game of .500. Matt Moore (8-3, 4.12 ERA) lost his 3rd straight game after winning his first 8 decisions. Moore struggled again, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 5 earned, walking 4. Luis Mendoza (2-3, 4.08 ERA) pitched 6 solid innings, allowing 2 runs, striking out 3. Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce hit the only home run (13) in the game. Billy Butler went 2-4 driving in 3 runs (37 RBI).

Giancarlo Stanton goes 3-4, doubles twice, and drives in 2 runs in the Marlins 5-4 win over the Cardinals.

Giancarlo Stanton goes 3-4, doubles twice, and drives in 2 runs in the Marlins 5-4 win over the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals (43-24) 4 @ Miami Marlins (20-46) 5

W: J. Fernandez (4-3)   L: J. Westbrook (2-2)   S: S. Cishek (8)

The Miami Marlins finally became the last team to collect their 20th win on the season. They did so against the team with the best record in the major’s, the Cardinals. Jose Fernandez (4-3, 3.11 ERA) pitched 7 innings, allowing just 3 runs, 2 earned, and struck out 10, as he outpitched Jake Westbrook. Westbrook (2-2, 2.05 ERA) pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 runs, 3 earned. Giancarlo is fianlly starting to swing the bat better, coming back off of the DL, going 3-4, hitting 2 doubles (5) and driving in 2 runs (14 RBI).

Jay Bruce hits the walk-off homer in the 10th, as the Reds beat the Brewers 4-3.

Jay Bruce hits the walk-off homer in the 10th, as the Reds beat the Brewers 4-3.

Milwaukee Brewers (27-39) 3 @ Cincinnati Reds (41-27) 4

W: A. Simon (5-2)   L: B. Badenhop (0-3)

After the Brewers catcher Martin Maldoado homered (3) in the 8th inning to tie the game at 3, the Reds end up winning the game off of Jay Bruce’s 10th inning blast (11) Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.27 ERA) started the game for the Reds going 7.2 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, and striking out 5. The starter for the Brewers was Kyle Lohse (2-6, 3.84 ERA), as he went for 6 innings, allowing just 1 run, and striking out 3. The hero was Bruce though as his home run helped the Reds win the game and pick up a game on the Cardinals in the NL Central.

David DeJesus triple in 3 runs in the 2nd inning, as the Cubs beat the Mets 6-3

David DeJesus triple in 3 runs in the 2nd inning, as the Cubs beat the Mets 6-3

Chicago Cubs (27-38) 6 @ New York Mets (24-38)

W: E. Jackson (3-8)   L: S. Marcum (0-8)   S: K. Gregg (8)

The Cubbies beat the Mets today 6-3. Nate Schierholtz homered (9) in the 1st inning, followed up by 1 4 run 2nd inning, and the Cubs never looked back. A strong outing from starter Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40 ERA), 6 innings, 1 run, and 7 k’s helped the cubs down the Mets. The Mets starter Shaun Marcum (0-8, 5.43 ERA) struggled, going 5.2 innings, giving up 6 runs, as he still continues to look for his first win of the season. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo picked up 3 hits in the Cubs win.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner piches 7 scoreless innings, striking out 10, as Giants beat Braves 6-0.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner piches 7 scoreless innings, striking out 10, as Giants beat Braves 6-0.

San Francisco Giants (35-31) 6 @ Atlanta Braves (39-28) 0

W: M. Bumgarner (6-4)   L: K. Medlen (3-7)

The Giants beat the Braves 6-0 today, getting a strong outing from starter Madison Bumgarner (6-4, 3.30 ERA), as he went for 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits, and striking out 10. Buster Posey continued his great season, going 3-5, 3 doubles (19), scoring 2 runs, and driving in 1 (40 RBI). Kris Medlen (3-7, 3.09 ERA) was the starter for the Braves, pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 runs, and getting 4 k’s. Gregor Blanco hit his first home run of the season to lead off the game. The Giants never looked back from there.

Mark Buehrle pitches 7 scoreless, and Blue Jays blank the Rangers 8-0.

Mark Buehrle pitches 7 scoreless, and Blue Jays blank the Rangers 8-0.

Toronto Blue Jays (30-36) 8 @ Texas Rangers (38-29) 0

W: M. Buehrle (3-4)   L: J. Grimm (5-5)

The Toronto Blue Jays picked up win #30 behind a strong perfromance from their starter Mark Buehrle (3-4, 4.66 ERA). Buehrle pitched 7 scoreless innings, striking out 7 along the way. Colby Rasmus provided some offense by putting the Jays up 3-0 in the 4th as he hit a 3 run homer (11). J.P Arencibia also hit a homer (13) in the 4th to put the Jays up 4-0. That would be all Buehrle would need. Justin Grimm started for the Rangers, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing 7 runs. Not the perfomance they had in mind I’m sure.

Prince Fielder provides the offense with his 2 run double in the 6th, and the Tigers beat the Twins 4-0.

Prince Fielder provides the offense with his 2 run double in the 6th, and the Tigers beat the Twins 4-0.

Detroit Tigers (37-28) 4 @ Minnesota Twins (29-35) 0

W: R. Porcello (4-3)   L: S. Diamond (4-6)

The Tigers only needed one inning of offense to take this game from the Twins. A 4 run 6th inning was the only scoring of the game. Sparked by a 2 run double (17) by Prince Fielder opened the game up 2-0. The Tigers would add 2 more runs later in the inning to lead them to a 4-0 victory. Rick Porcello (4-3, 4.37 ERA) pitched 7 scoreless innings, striking out 5, to help the Tigers shutout the Twins. For Minnesota, Scott Diamond got the start, pitching 5.2 innings, and allowing all 4 runs. Johnny Peralta also collected 2 hits, both doubles (18) and an RBI (27) for Detroit.

Chris Sale strikes out 14 batters, but the White Sox still lose to the lowly Astros 2-1.

Chris Sale strikes out 14 batters, but the White Sox still lose to the lowly Astros 2-1.

Chicago White Sox (28-36) 1 @ Houston Astros (24-44) 2

W: E. Bedard (2-3)   L: C. Sale (5-5)   S: J. Veras (12)

Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43 ERA) struck out 14 Astros, but still lost the game. Sale pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 runs, neither earned. Astros pitcher, Erik Bedard (2-3, 4.82 ERA), pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run, not earned, striking out 6. Jose Altuve reached on an infield single to 3rd, and in the process drove in what happened to be the game-winning RBI (27 RBI), in Trevor Crowe. Sale has pitched well all season as his 2.43 ERA shows, but the White Sox are just not providing the young, left-handed stud, any run support, as he drops his 5th game.

Freddy Galvis triple twice, drives in 4 runs, as his Phillies beat the Rockies 8-7.

Freddy Galvis triple twice, drives in 4 runs, as his Phillies beat the Rockies 8-7.

Philadelphia Phillies (33-35) 8 @ Colorado Rockies (35-33) 7

W: M. Stutes (2-0)   L: W. Lopez (1-3)   S: J. Papelbon (13)

In a high scoring affair the Phillies beat the Rockies 8-7. The stud of the game goes out to Freddy Galvis, who hit 2 triples (4), including the game tying triple in the 7th inning, tying the game at 7, before scoring the game winning run on a Jimmy Rollins single. The Rockies jumped out to a 7-2 lead before giving up 3 runs in the 6th and 7th innings. Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.76 ERA) struggled in his start for the Phils, going 4.1 innings, alloing 10 hits, and 7 runs. Juan Nicasio started for the Rockies, going 5.2 innings, and allowing 5 runs. Carlos Gonzalez did go 4-4 in the game, while homering his 19th home run of the season.

Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout celebrate after beating the Yankees 5-2.

Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout celebrate after beating the Yankees 5-2.

New York Yankees (37-30) 2 @ Los Angeles Angels (29-38) 5

W: C. Wilson (5-5)   L: A. Pettitte (5-4)   S: E. Frieri (15)

The Angels beat the Yankees 5-2 behind a nice outing from starter C.J. Wilson (5-5, 3.90 ERA). Wilson pitched 7 innings, scattering 5 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 4. Andy Pettitte got the start for the Yanks, going 7 innings, allowing 11 hits, and 4 runs. Catcher Chris Iannetta knocked in the tying run in the 4th inning, and followed that up by driving in the go-ahead run on a single to center in the 6th inning. The Angels would add insurance runs in the 7th and 8th innings, as they went on to win 5-2.

Mike Zunino hits his 1st career home run as the Mariners beat the Athletics 3-2.

Mike Zunino hits his 1st career home run as the Mariners beat the Athletics 3-2.

Seattle Mariners (30-38) 3 @ Oakland Athletics (41-28) 2

W: J. Saunders (5-6)   L: T. Millone (6-6)   S: O. Perez (1)

Mike Zinuno hit his 1st professional home run in the 7th inning to put his Mariners ahead 2-1. Zinuno also grounded into a double play in the 2nd inning to score the games first run. Joe Saunders (5-6, 4.80 ERA) started for the Mariners going 7 strong innings, allowing only 1 run, striking out 4. Tommy Millone (6-6, 3.61 ERA) started for the A’s, pitching 6.2 innings, and giving up 2 runs. Chris Young hit his 6th home run of the season in the 8th inning to cut the Mariners lead to 1, but they could not manage to get the game-tying run. Oliver Perez picked up his 1st career save to end the game.

Eric Stults allows only 2 hits in his complete game victory over the D' Backs 2-1.

Eric Stults allows only 2 hits in his complete game victory over the D’ Backs 2-1.

Arizona Diamondbacks (37-30) 1 @ San Diego Padres (33-34) 2

W: E. Stults (6-5)   L: T. Cahill (3-8)

Eric Stults (6-5, 3.28 ERA) shined to earn his 6th victory of the season. Stults went the distance, allowing just 2 hits, and 1 run. Unfortunately for Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.96 ERA), he just did not pitch as well as Stults. Cahill went for 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs, while striking out 10. Logan Forsythe provided the offense for the Padres, as he drove in the go-ahead runs, with his 2 run single in the 6th inning. That would be just enough for Stults to pick up the win.

Matt Rea – Multi-Sport Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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