Ike Davis had one of his better games of the year. His 21st home and and run-scoring double to help the NY Mets salvage the last of their four-game series against the host Cincinnati Reds, 8-3. Of course, the Mets’ bullpen made it closer than it should have been, allowing three of those four runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Following up on the R.A. Dickey bracelet embarrassment, the New York Times included this in today’s story:
The day after R. A. Dickey was forced to snip off a pair of handmade bracelets in the middle of his start, Terry Collins said he had no objection to rules and league directives, only to their erratic enforcement. Collins referred to the omnipresent photographs of Felix Hernandez, who threw a perfect game Wednesday for the Seattle Mariners, that showed the pitcher with his arms raised in celebration, a thick band on his left wrist. “Someone didn’t get the memo,” Collins said.
Pardon the Interruption also featured “bracelet-gate” in their “What’s the Word” segment yesterday. Michael Wilbon’s word was “NFL-ish,” a reference to the National Football League’s penchant for dictating every last detail at the expense of individuality, turning them into the “No Fun League,” as Wilbon frequently calls the organization. Guest co-host J.A. Adonde called it “absurd,” pointing out that plenty of pitchers wear bracelets and necklaces, but that those are MLB-affiliated with official MLB logos. “Oh, so you’re okay with that,” Adonde said said, “but a guy’s daughter makes him a friendship bracelet that he wears through the season and now it’s a problem?”
Looks like giving Ryan Braun Wednesday off rejuvenated him. He hit two home runs (to give him a league-leading 31) last night as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 7-4. Braun scored three runs and also had a walk. Michael Schwimer did not appear in the game for the Phillies.
Jason Marquis could not keep the momentum going following his complete-game gem last time out. He was raked for all six runs as the host Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres, 6-0. Marquis allowed eight hits (three homers) and four walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings to drop his record to 6-7. At the plate, Marquis was 1-2 with his third double of the season.
Kevin Youkilis was 1-4 with a run scored as the Chicago White Sox beat the host Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2.
None of the Boston Red Sox Jewish contingent — Craig Breslow, Ryan Lavarnway, Danny Valencia — appeared in the team’s 6-3 win over the host Baltimore Orioles.
Ian Kinsler had the day off as the Texas Rangers beat beat the host NY Yankees, 10-6. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game.
Sam Fuld did not appear in the game as the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the host Los Angeles Angels, 7-0.