Ike Davis had a double, a walk, and scored two runs as the NY Mets beat the visiting Colorado Rockies, 5-0 on a masterful complete-game by rookie “phenom” Matt Harvey. Josh Satin did not appear in the game, but he’s still keeping busy.
Nate Freiman lined out as a pinch-hitter in the Oakland As’ 6-5 loss to the host Cincinnati Reds. I was listening to a Behind the Dish podcast, hosted by Keith Law of ESPN, on which former JML Gabe Kapler (the taller chap in the photo at right) was the guest. The main topic of discussion was the use of “new” stats, one of which is how many pitches a batter sees per plate appearance. The theory goes the the more pitches he sees — balls, fouls, etc. — the better as his team gets to see the pitchers’ repertoires and drives up the hurlers’ pitch counts, conceivably getting them out of the game faster. Well, if that’s the case, Freiman failed. He swung at the first pitch.
By the way, you can here the Kapler interview here. [audio:http://njjewishnews.com/kaplanskorner/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/behindthedish_2013-07-30-132308-7744-0-0-0.48b.mp3|titles=behindthedish_2013-07-30-132308-7744-0-0-0.48b]
Sam Fuld hit a two-run pinch single in the seventh inning to give his Tampa Bay Rays an 8-7 lead over the host Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortuynately for them, the D’backs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 9-8 win.
Ian Kinsler was 1-6 as the Texas Rangers beat up the host Los Angeles Angels, 10-3. Teammate Nelson Cruz was one of the players suspended by MLB in their PED scourge. Here’s what Kinsler had to say on the matter.
Well, you didn’t expect it to last forever, did you? All it took was one bad pitch (and, heck, it might have even been a good one), and Houston Astros reliever Josh Zeid‘s brief scoreless streak goes out the window. He gave up a two-run homer to the visiting Boston Red Sox’s Jonny Gomes as the Astros blew a one-run lead in the ninth to lose, 7-5. Zeid’s earned run average jumps top 3.38. Neither Craig Breslow nor Ryan Lavarnway appeared for Boston.
DNP: Scott Feldman in the Baltimore Orioles’ 10-3 win over the host San Diego Padres.
Disabled list: Kevin Youkilis, NY Yankees; Jason Marquis, San Diego Padres
Suspended: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee BrewersTags: Gabe Kapler, Ian Kinsler, Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, Nate Freiman