Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 and drove in the third run of the game for the Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting NY Yankees.
Ryan Braun singled twice in four trips to the plate as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-58) lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 7-2.
Alex Bregman split time between third base and shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Houston Astros (71-43) continue to sputter, relatively speaking. While they have the best record in the American league, they have lost seven of their last 10 games. including last night’s 3-2, 11-inning defeat at the hands of the host Chicago White Sox (4-68). Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA to under 9.00 with 2/3 of an inning of work in which he walked one.
Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (52-62) lost the rubber game of their series to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5.
Joc Pederson was also 0-for-4 but his LA Dodgers (81-33) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6.
Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners lost to the visiting LA Angels, 6-3.
Richard Bleier had a bit of an off night: he allowed two hits in a walk and retired just one batter as the Baltimore Orioles (57-58) beat the visiting Oakland As, 7-2.
No games for Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves. The Cincinnati Reds may activate Scott Feldman from the disabled list as early as tomorrow.
A couple pf days ago I mentioned that MLB will feature a “player’s weekend” starting Aug. 25 during which which the athletes will be allowed to wear whatever nickname they like on the backs of the jerseys. Braun will supposedly wear “Ocho,” since he wears “8” as his number. Booooooring. It would have been much cooler if he wore “Hebrew Hammer,” or at least “Hammer,” if the Hebrew part might go against some policy. I hope to be able to compile a last of what all the JMLS wore, after the fact.
Finally, in the shameless self-promotion department: Local boy makes good.
Tags: Alex Bregman, Brad Goldberg, Danny Valencia, Ian Kinsler, Joc Pederson, Kevin Pillar, Richard Bleier, Ryan Braun