Matt Cain threw a perfect game, and it was awesomely dominant. But hold the phone for a minute. There were two other absolutely amazing pitching performances from last night that are going to get completely shut out of the spotlight because of Cain's efforts. RA Dickey absolutely obliterated the Rays lineup, allowing one unearned run in a complete game (coming in the ninth inning, due to an error and a pair of passed balls) while giving up just one hit and striking out 12 Rays hitters. That one hit is under appeal by the Mets, who felt that an error should be charged to David Wright on the play. And there was also Lance Lynn of the Cardinals, who threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the White Sox in a 1-0 win, allowing three hits and walking one while striking out 12. Three 12 strikeout performances and one unearned run across three starts. That's amazing.
Game of the Night: Royals 4, Brewers 3 (11 innings). What a crazy game between two subpar central division teams. The Brewers led 2-1 going into the ninth, and added an insurance run went a Carlos Gomez sacrifice attempt led to a throwing error on Brayan Pena, allowing Norichika Aoki to score and give Milwaukee a 3-1 lead. With closer John Axford on the hill, the Breweers looked to lock down a win...but it didn't work that way. Axford walked a pair of batters around a pair of outs, and that brought up light-hitting former Brewer Alcides Escobar...who tripled in the two runners to tie the game. The game went to the 11th, and Kameron Loe allowed the first three hitters to reach base for the Royals before being replaced by Jose Veras...who walked Mike Moustakas on five pitches to bring in the game-winning run for the Royals. Shrimp are running on treadmills in Kansas City tonight.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Michael Cuddyer went 4/4 with three runs, three RBI, a walk, a double, and a pair of homers for the Rockies. Of course, they lost 10-8 to the A's. Nationals rookie Tyler Moore hit his first two career homers while going 3/5 with two runs, five RBI, and a double as the Nationals completed a sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto with a 6-2 win. Wilson Betemit of the Orioles went 3/3 with two runs, three RBI, and a homer as the Orioles beat the Pirates 7-1. Brennan Boesch had a gem of a game in the midst of a terrible season, going 4/5 with two runs, two RBI, and a homer in Detroit's 8-4 win over the Cubs.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Ignoring those three shutout wins from the three pitchers I mentioned in the intro, there were still some good outings across the board. Diamondbacks rookie Wade Miley allowed one run over 7 2/3 on three hits, walking one and striking out eight. Unfortunately, Arizona gave him no offense, and the Rangers prevailed 1-0. Another rookie, Felix Doubront of the Red Sox, was also impressive. He allowed just two runs on three hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out nine, as Boston crushed Miami 10-2.
Spotlight Series: The Angels prevailed, winning the game 2-1 and taking the series from the Dodgers two games to one. Each team got an early run, with the Dodgers taking the initial lead on a first inning Andre Ethier RBI double. The Angels immediately tied the game on an Alberto Callaspo solo homer. Then, silence, as the starters took over. CJ Wilson exited after seven for the Angels, giving up four hits and walking five, while striking out just three. Dodgers starter Nate Eovaldi was also good, leaving after six while giving up seven hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. The game remained scoreless until the ninth, when Erick Aybar hit a solo homer off of the suddenly human Kenley Jansen to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri made it interesting in the ninth, but eventually ended the game by getting Bobby Abreu to bounce out to the mound. This is a huge series win for the Angels at the end of the night.
Other Games: The Yankees edged the Braves 3-2 on a two-run homer by Curtis Granderson, sweeping the series. An ill Reds team beat the Indians 5-3 thanks to a late homer by Brandon Phillips. The Phillies beat the Twins 9-8, but led 9-3 at one point and nearly watched it all slip away. Jason Marquis got his first win as a Padre, shutting out the Mariners 1-0.
Today's Games: A few day games are on the schedule today, which is never a bad thing. Johan Santana takes on Jeremy Hellickson in the Tampa Bay area. Former Oriole Erik Bedard will go up against his original club, attempting to help the Pirates avoid a sweep. Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers at Wrigley Field. Shaun Marcum will start for the Brewers against the Royals. The surprisingly effective Scott Diamond welcomes Joe Blanton and the Phillies to Target Field.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.
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