Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1) became the first pitcher in 10 years to reach 15 wins before the All-Star break and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 to complete the sweep of three-game series. In eight innings, Jimenez allowed one run and three hits, striking out six and walking two. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter (9-3) took the loss.
Jason Giambi played in his 2,000th career game and went 4-for-4.
Roy Oswalt (6-10) allowed only a 1st inning single to Neil Walker, as he shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0, to complete a three-game sweep. Lance Berkman provided the runs with a pair of solo homers. Oswalt now seven career shutouts and 19 complete games.
John Danks tossed his first career shutout a sweet two-hitter as the White Sox beat the Angels 1-0, completing a four-game sweep and winning for the 22nd time in 27 games. He walked no one, struck out seven, and didn’t give up his first hit until the 7th.
Ervin Santana (8-7) was the hard luck complete gameloser giving up a run in the 1st and only three hits with three walks and four strikeouts and hit Juan Pierre, who scored the only run of the game.
4. Yankees win sixth straight
It was the 16th anniversary of A-Rod’s MLB debut with the Mariners. Seattle fans were not happy to see his return. But it got worse. Beating the Mariners last night, 3-1, on a two-run single in the 9th by Alex Rodriguez, the Yanks won their sixth straight and Andy Pettitte, moved to 11-2 with a 2.70 earned run average.
Nick Swisher, named to the All-Star team earlier in the day, had four hits.
Brian Schneider hit a walkoff homer in the 12th to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds night. The Phillies had lost seven of 10 while the Reds had won a franchise-best nine straight extra-inning road games dating to June 2009.
Shane Victorino had a solo homer for the Phils and Joey Votto hit his league-leading 22nd homer. Votto earlier in the day was named the last player to the NL All-Star squad
Brad Lidge blew his third save in his last five appearances.
6. On this date
In 2002, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. The game has been screwed up ever since.
7. W.A.R. What is it good for?
Absolutely plenty. Wins Above Replacement for the All-Stars written by the redoubtable Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com in the New York Times.
8. Huge sweep of the Brewers, I mean Giant
Aubrey Huff homered and drove in four runs, rookie Buster Posey homered again and the Giants topped the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-3, to complete a four-game sweep. Winning pitcher Dan Runzler (3-0) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 6th and then dislocated his left knee falling after an awkward swing in his first major league at-bat in the 7th.
The Giants outscored the Brewers 36-7 in this series for their first four-game sweep in Milwaukee helped by four Posey homers.
9. Today, this weekend is the last before the All-Star break
Have a great weekend.
Twins (Francisco Liriano) at Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:05
Red Sox (Jon Lester) at Blue Jays (Ricky Romero), 7:07
Indians (Fausto Carmona) at Rays (James Shields), 7:10
Orioles (Brian Matusz) at Rangers (Scott Feldman), 8:05
Royals (Bruce Chen) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle), 8:10
Angels (Joel Pineiro) at A’s (Clayton Mortensen), 10:05
Yankees (Phil Hughes) at Mariners (Cliff Lee), 10:10
Giants (Matt Cain) at Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 7:05
Reds (Mike Leake) at Phillies (Joe Blanton), 7:05
Braves (Tommy Hanson) at Mets (R.A. Dickey), 7:10
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) at Astros (Bud Norris), 8:05
Pirates (Paul Maholm) at Brewers (Doug Davis), 8:10
Padres (Kevin Correia) at Rockies (Jorge de la Rosa), 9:10
Marlins (Ricky Nolasco) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren), 9:40
Cubs (Ted Lilly) at Dodgers (Chad Billingsley), 10:10