Ike Davis‘ two-run homer on Saturday was all the Mets’ needed to beat the host Washington Nationals, 2-0. Unfortunately, it was the only win the managed; they were just 2-4 on the recent road trip. Over the weekend, Davis was 3-9 (he struck out as a pinch-hitter on Friday), with the home run (#22), two runs scored, and two RBIs.
Ryan Braun was 5-12 with a double, two home runs, and four RBIs over the weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies ( he also had two dingers against the Phillies in the series’ opener on Thursday). Braun also has 20 stolen bases and has a shot at another 30-30 season; he leads the NL with 33 home runs.
Braun hit a ground rule double off Phillies reliever Michael Schwimer in the ninth inning yesterday. Schwimer loaded the bases but struck out the final two batters to seal the 8-0 win for Philadelphia. It was his only appearance over the weekend.
Ian Kinsler continues to struggle: in the Texas Rangers’ series against the host Toronto Blue Jays, the second baseman was just 1-12 with two walks and two strikeouts. Scott Feldman did not appear in the series. he is scheduled to start tomorrow against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis picked up career hit no. 1000 on Saturday in a 9-4 loss to the host Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, Youkilis missed yesterday’s game with a sore knee. he was 0-3 on Friday.
Ryan Lavarnway combined with Craig Breslow to form a unique all-Jewish/all-Ivy League battery when they appeared together in Saturday’s 4-1 win over the host NY Yankees. Breslow retired the two batters he faced while Lavarnway was hitless in four at bats. It was Breslow’s only appearance in the series. Lavarnway was 1-3 with a walk in last night’s 4-1 Yankees win. Danny Valencia did not appear in any of the three games.
Sam Fuld hit a pinch-triple and scored a run for the Tampa Bay Rays in Friday’s 12-3 win over the host Los Angeles Angels. He was 2-3 with a walk, run scored, and RBI the next days Tampa won, 10-8. he also scored as a pinch-runner in Sunday’s finale, another Rays victory. Fuld is batting .304 in limited duty since returning to the roster on July 24.
Jason Marquis did not appear for the San Diego Padres in their series against the San Francisco Giants. He is scheduled to start against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.