Ryan Braun picked a bad time to go into what we hope is a just mini-slump. With his 0-4 game last night in a 7-1 loss to the lowly Cubs, he has just one hit in his last 13 at bats. He is currently tied with Jose Reyes for the National League batting lead with a .330 average (Reyes was 1-4 in a loss to the Cardinals). If Ryan wants a decent shot at the NL MVP award, he’s got to get back on track over the final week and a half.
Ian Kinsler hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning as the Rangers went on to beat the A’s, 3-2. It was his 30th of the year, giving him one requirement for entry into the 30-30 club. He also moved one stolen base closer, swiping #26 in the sixth inning.
Danny Valencia was 0-4 with a walk in the Twins’ 5-4 loss to the Mariners.
Josh Satin hit a pinch-hit, two-run double in the third inning that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals. Unfortunately the game didn’t end at that point and New York lost, 6-5.
The Phillies put Michael Schwimer right back on the horse last night. A day after surrendering a three-run homer in a Philly loss to the Nationals, Schwimer pitched the final inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to Washington. This time he retired the side on one hit and no runs scored. With the Eastern Division clinched, the Phillies can afford to rest their regulars and give the rookies a chance to show what they can provide for the future.
DNP: Sam Fuld did not appear in either game of the Yankees-Rays doubleheader, which New York won by 4-2 scores to clinch another AL Eastern title. Ho-hum. Fuld is apparently still plagued by a wrist injury he suffered on a swing last week. John Grabow did not appear in the Cubs-Brewers game. Neither Craig Breslow nor Scott Feldman appeared in the Rangers-A’s game.
Neither Kevin Youkilis nor Ryan Lavarnway played in Boston’s 6-4 loss to the Orioles as the Red Sox continue to struggle. They’ve won just five of 21 games in September. The good news: they still have a 2.5 game lead in the AL Wild Card race because the Rays are having some troubles of their own, dropping three straight to the Yankees.