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Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:35 pm
By Evan Brunell
Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: Justin Upton was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday, going 4 for 4 with three RBI, two runs, a walk and stolen base as Arizona blanked the Rockies 7-0. Oh, and this came on the backing of a double, triple and two singles. This is coming off a six-RBI game on Saturday, so the 23-year-old is scorching hot and has lifted his overall line to .301/.378/.526 on the season. He's clearly the linchpin of the Diamondbacks' offense, and any chance of Upton being traded has gone up in smoke. (Check out that picture above, where you can see what looks like wood dust coming off the bat. That's power.)
Madison Bumgarner, Giants: Division rival Chad Billingsley actually had the more impressive pitching line on the night, but Bumgarner's 7 2/3 innings pitched with eight hits allowed, one earned run, zero walks and eight strikeouts is plenty enough to carry the day. This is part of a larger trend, as the lefty has whiffed 64 batters in his past 62 innings, ranging all the way back to June 1. He's only walked five batters in this time span with three home runs, so it's little surprise that his ERA has plummeted to 3.56 from 4.06 six starts ago.
David Wright, Mets: The Marlins edged New York 5-4, but Wright was a star in the game, going 3 for 4 with two runs and RBI apiece. He added a double to his two-run home run in the seventh inning to send the Mets up 4-3. He's had two excellent games in the three games he's been back and has gone a combined 6-for-14, with four extra-base hits and six RBI. Not a bad return for the 28-year-old.
Gio Gonzalez, Athletics: Gonzalez just didn't have it Sunday against the Yankees, getting knocked around for six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The lefty was touched up for seven hits and issued three free passes against just five strikeouts. Two starts ago, Gonzalez also gave up seven runs to the Rangers in just four innings, but only three were earned. Before Sunday, his worst start was all the way back on April 25, when he allowed four earned runs in five innings to the Angels.The 25-year-old has tossed 120 innings on the year, pacing for 199 2/3. This after throwing 200 innings last season in his first full turn in the rotation. At some point you have to take the gloves off, but is Gonzalez tiring?
Francisco Liriano, Twins: Liriano being his old inconsistent self? Never woulda guessed. In blowups that are all too prone with the talented lefty, Liriano allowed four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four walks while only striking out three. Yuck. The outing sent his ERA to 4.86. How inconsistent is Liriano? Consider his last six games, and I assure your, the pattern repeats itself: 2 1/3 IP 4 ER, 6 IP 1 ER, 7 IP 1 ER, 4 1/3 IP 5 ER, 7 IP 2 ER, 3 2/3 IP 5 ER.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies: In a game in which 20-plus scouts were in attendance, Ubaldo Jimenez gifted five earned runs in five innings -- his worst start since May 27. "It doesn't affect me," Jimenez told the Associated Press of the trade talk. "I know it's time for the rumors and there are going to be rumors. I will just try to go to the stadium and do my thing. Every time I try to get hitters out and what's going to happen is going to happen. You never know, but I am ready for whatever."
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Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:56 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Daniel Bard, Red Sox: The right-handed reliever notched his 24th straight scoreless inning and team-record 23rd consecutive scoreless outing. It may not have been pretty, but got the job done after loading the bases with no outs in the eighth inning of the team's 3-1 victory over Seattle. Bard got Mike Carp to fly out to left, Jack Cust looking at a backdoor slider and Franklin Guitierrez to ground out, ending the inning. Bard hasn't allowed a run since May 23 and just 11 all season (and just seven since an opening day meltdown in against Texas), lowering his ERA to 1.85 on the season. The victory was the 1,000th for Terry Francona as a manager and extended Seattle's losing streak to 14 games.
Randy Wells, Cubs: The right-hander picked up his first win since April, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings against the Astros. Wells won his first start of the season on April 4 against Arizona before going on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, missing nearly two months. In nine starts since coming off the DL, Wells was 0-3 with a 7.38 ERA and the Cubs had gone 2-7 in those starts.
Sick Reds: Neither Jay Bruce nor Edgar Renteria felt well enough on Saturday to start the Reds' game against the Braves, but both came in when needed and performed. Renteria, battling a stomach illness, was forced into action when Zack Cozart suffered a hyperextended left elbow in the fourth inning. Renteria went 2 for 4 with three RBI, the most runs he's batted in since his three-run homer in last year's World Series. Retneria drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the sixth, making it 3-2 Reds. Cincinnati would go on to score eight more, including another RBI single by Renteria in the seven-run seventh. Bruce, struggling an inner-ear problem, was called on to pinch hit leading off the sixth and doubled off of Derek Lowe. He was immediately pulled for pinch-runner Mike Leake, who scored the team's second run of the day on Renteria's double.
Houston Astros: How about this stat from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com? The Astros' last 27 hits have all been singles. That includes nine hits in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs and 10 hits in Friday's 4-2 loss in Chicago. Their last extra-base hit was Humberto Quintero's second-inning double on Wednesday. Houston has now lost 33 of its last 43 games.
Chad Qualls, Padres: Coming into Saturday's game in Philadelphia, Qualls had allowed just home run in 48 1/3 innings -- an intro like that tells you exactly what's coming: Qualls allowed three homers along with another hit and a walk in his 1/3 inning of work in the Phillies' five-run seventh inning. Michael Martinez's three-run shot broke a tie, and then Ryan Howard and Chase Utley also took him deep in the inning to give Philadelphia a nice cushion in an eventual 8-6 victory. Philadelphia has now beaten San Diego in nine straight contests.
Corey Patterson, Blue Jays: Patterson came into the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, but misplayed Michael Young's drive to right, allowing the winning run to score with two outs in the ninth inning of Texas' 5-4 victory. Toronto reliever Marc Rzepczynski came into the game in the ninth with a 4-3 lead and walked Mike Napoli before committing a throwing error on Mitch Moreland's bunt attempt. Jon Rauch replaced Rzepczynski, but the Rangers had back-to-back sacrifice bunts to tie the game and set up Young's game-winner. On Young's liner, Patterson got turned around twice and let the ball bounce off the wall, allowing Craig Gentry to score easily from third.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:47 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: Cruz had a career-high eight RBI in Texas' 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Each of Cruz's four at-bats resulted in runs scoring. He had an RBI single in the second, a three-run homer in the fourth, a two-run single in the fifth and another in the sixth. Cruz had just one RBI in his previous 11 games
Dan Uggla, Braves: As pinch hitter in the ninth inning, Uggla hit a 3-2 fastball from Nick Masset into the seats to break a tie against Cincinnati, leading the Braves to a 6-4 victory. Uggla has struggled mightily this season, but is starting to come on this month. In July, he's now hitting .279/.362/.639 with six homers and 12 RBI. It was Uggla's first career pinch-hit home run and the seventh homer in the game.
David Wright, Mets: In his first plate appearance in more than two months, Wright hit a double to drive in Justin Turner and give the Mets an early lead over the Marlins, later scoring the team's third run. In his fifth and final at-bat of the day, Wright's eighth-inning double scored Turner again to give the Mets the lead for good. His run on Daniel Murphy's double ended up as the deciding run of the team's 7-6 victory at Florida.
Dusty Baker, Reds: In the second inning of the Reds' eventual 6-4 loss to the Braves, Dusty Baker called for a suicide squeeze. Problem was it was a 2-2 count and Miguel Cairo had to try to bunt a ball that was way low and outside and was only able to foul it off, resulting in the second out of the inning. After an intentional walk to Ryan Hanigan, Bronson Arroyo struck out with the runner still at third. Baker said he thought the scoreboard was wrong and the count was 3-1.
Trevor Cahill, Athletics: Rough night for the A's right-hander at Yankee Stadium, where he gave up nine hits and 10 runs -- all earned -- in two-plus innings. With the outing, Cahill saw his ERA go from 3.16 to 3.77. Cahill pitched to five batters in the Yankees' nine-run third inning, exiting after a Eduardo Nunez singled to put two on with no outs and already three runs in. Michael Wuertz came in and allowed both runners to score before giving up a grand slam that belonged all to him. Cahill started the season 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his first eight starts. Since then, he's 2-9 with a 5.35 ERA. The A's have now lost 11 straight to the Yankees.
Phil Hughes, Yankees: Easily lost in the slew of Yankees runs, right-hander Phil Hughes wasn't very good either. In his third start since coming off the disabled list, Hughes struggled, getting pulled after just 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, walking four. Hughes had allowed four runs and 10 hits through 11 innings in his first two starts since coming off the DL.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.