Stealing Signals: Bombing The Bronx

Mets 11, Yankees 2 – Oliver Perez is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, fortunately, save a two-run homer given up to Hideki Matsui, he was Jekyll in Yankee Stadium — and got plenty of help from the Mets’ bats to keep it going. Ryan Church and Jose Reyes got homers that counted, Carlos Delgado was robbed of a three-run homer on a lousy call (he drove in one on a single), and Moises Alou drove in three in DH duty.  Chien-Ming Wang got beaten on badly in 7.2 innings, giving up six of those 11 runs.

Angels 10, Dodgers 2 – Who leads the Halos when it comes to home runs? Mike Freaking Napoli. The guy splits time behind the plate with Jeff Mathis (Napoli’s the better hitter; Mathis is better on defense but still hits well) and hit two home runs for four RBIs overall.  The Angels have owned the Freeway Series as of late, taking 9 of the last 11 from the Dodgers.

Red Sox 11, Brewers 7 – Josh Beckett gave up six runs all on homers to Ryan Braun, J.J. Hardy, and Prince Fielder, and still got the win thanks to slugging power from David Ortiz (two of ’em), Kevin Youkilis, and Dustin Pedroia. Milwaukee gets swept and is still struggling with serious underachieving from a sizable portion of its line-up.

Diamondbacks 4, Tigers 0 – Detroit goes 0-7 as a team with runners in scoring position, and Randy Johnson is enjoying a second life as a crafty pitcher rather than one working with ungodly velocity at the age of 44, pitching seven innings for the win.

Cardinals 5, Rays 4 – Down three runs, the Cards come back via a two-RBI single by Aaron Miles in the eighth and  Skip Schumaker drives an RBI double over a drawn-in Rays outfield for the winning run in the ninth.  All this as Stan Musial is honored by the team, and the street outside Busch Stadium named for him.

Nats 2, Orioles 1 – John Lannan outpitches Jeremy Guthrie by giving up nothing in 7.1, and a homer by Cristian Guzman and RBI double via Ryan Zimmerman is all that’s necessary in a game affected by two rain delays.

Reds 6, Indians 4 – Cincinnati does what no American League team had done to Cliff Lee this season — touch him up a bit. Adam Dunn homered for the fourth straight game and Joey Votto also went deep off Lee. The Tribe’s offense wasn’t able to get as much off Edinson Volquez, who pitched poorly (for him, this season) but still got his seventh win of the season.

Photo: AP/Kathy Willens

One Response

  1. Re: Stan Musial… It should’ve happened 40 years ago, IMO. To wait so long to honor possibly the greatest hitter in National League history(screw Pete Rose), not to mention a genuinely nice guy(again; screw Pete Rose), is a crime.
    Oh yeah; if anyone had told me that Ryan Ludwick(who?) would have more home runs than Albert Pujols at this point of the season, I would’ve said they’re crazy.

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