Mariners 5, Mets 2: An entire nine-inning game can sometimes be boiled down to one play, a moment where fortunes turn in such a way that one team's chance of victory is made. For the Mariners tonight, it was an error by David Wright that led to pitcher Felix Hernandez' second inning king dong off Mets ace Johan Santana so aptly illustrated in this blog post. However, Felix Hernandez left the game with an ouchie in the fifth inning when Carlos Beltran slid into his ankle while covering home plate, so aptly illustrated in this blog post. Arthur Rhodes saved the game by striking out Carlos Delgado and Damion Easley.
Brewers 4, Braves 1: Ben Sheets does not have the same road woes as the Braves. The Brewers ace moved to 6-0 on the road this season by throwing a complete game four-hitter tonight against the Atlanta nine. He allowed just one run to score off a double-play ground out in the fourth inning. The soon-to-be-free-agent Sheets struck out seven and walked none while Mike Cameron's two-run ding-dong in the second inning off Jo-Jo Reyes proved to be all the offense the Fighting Ned Yosts needed.
Angels 3, Nationals 2: John Lackey has thrown just 60 innings this season but had he tallied just 16 more, he would have just displaced Justin Duchscherer as the AL leader in ERA. After allowing just one earned run in eight innings against the hapless Nats, Lackey is down to a miniscule 1.65 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez saved yet another game for those road warrior Angels.
Diamondbacks 2, Red Sox 1: Lots of crazy shit happened in this nationally televised game. First basegentleman Kevin Youkilis took a baseball off the face while warming up before the fifth inning and was replaced by outfielder Brandon Moss. With two outs and two on in the eighth inning and Arizona leading 2-1, third baseman Mark Reynolds snagged a Manny Ramirez line drive that was hit so hard, his red Diamondbacks hat popped off his head. AZ Snakepit needed an overflow game post for the excess comments. IT WAS NUTS I TELLS YA! Dan Haren got a well-deserved win.