As usual, a good-news/bad-news mix.
Ryan Braun was 4-4 with two home runs on his return after the All-Star Game. For the weekend, where the Milwaukee Brewers took two of three from the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, Braun was 5-10with five runs scored, three RBIs, three walks and a stolen base. With his league-leading 26 homers and 16 swipes, he seems in line to rack up another 30-30 season.
Jason Marquis picked up his second win since joining the San Diego Padres staff. he pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two as the Pods beat the LA Dodgers, 7-2.
Ike Davis was 3-11 with his 13th home run, two runs scored, one RBI, and three walks as the Mets dropped three straight to the host Atlanta Braves. The team has lost four straight dating back to before the All-Star break. Their recent failings have been a collaborative effort: R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana had poor outings, although replays show the umps really blew a few calls that could have been game-changers, but that happens to every team at some point. Then there was the inability of the bullpen to shut down the opposition.
Ian Kinsler hit his 10th home run of the year yesterday as the Texas Rangers took two of three from the host Seattle Mariners. All told, Kinsler was 3-12 with two runs scored, one RBI, and a walk. Scott Feldman did not appear in any of the games.
Things started off well for Kevin Youkilis who picked up where he left off for the Chicago White Sox prior to the break: in the first game back, Youk ended a 14-inning contest with the host Kansas City Royals with a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, that was the only highlight of the weekend in which he was just 1-12 with two runs scored, two walks, and five strikeouts.
Craig Breslow made his first appearance for the Ariz. Diamondbacks since July 5, striking out one of the two batters he faced in a 3-1 loss to the host Chicago Cubs .
Let’s hope this was just a blip on Michael Schwimer‘s resurgence. He entered the July 13 game against the host Colorado Rockies with the Philadelphia Phillies already trailing 3-1and gave up three more runs on three hits (to be fair, one came in on an error by the catcher), two walks, and one strikeout.
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