Indians 1, Athletics 0 - The lone RBI in this one came from Indians catcher Yan Gomes, as the Indians were carried by a shutout from starting pitcher Zach McCallister to a 1-0 win. After their hot start, the Athletics have now stumbled to an 18-16 record.
Reds 5, Braves 4 - In perhaps the game of the day, the Reds won in the ninth inning on back-to-back home runs by Shin-Soo Choo and Devin Mesoraco. The most shocking part of the comeback is that it came off of closer-extraordinaire Craig Kimbrel.
Mets 1, White Sox 0 - Matt Harvey is good at pitching baseballs. Perfect through 6 2/3 innings, and he threw 9 shutout innings. Lacks TWTW however, and the Mets would win this one in the 10th on a walk-off by Mike Baxter.
Blue Jays 6, Rays 4- The big story in this one was the injury to J.A. Happ (more on that later), but the Blue Jays were able to win this one in spite of that. The Blue Jays scored five runs in the last three innings to ensure their victory and complete their comeback.
Phillies 6, Giants 2 - The demise of Tim Lincecum continued in this one, and the Phillies were happy to oblige. Chase Utley reminded everyone why he is still one of the better second basemen in the league when healthy.
The Big Three
1.) In one of the scarier incidents you will see on a baseball diamond this season, Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck by a line-drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings. He had to be carted off, and looked to be bleeding out of his ear. The event, which brought back memories of a similar event happening to Brandon McCarthy earlier this season, is sure to stir up debate about how to better protect pitchers. Early reports are saying that Happ is in the hospital and doing well, which is fantastic news to hear.
2.) The Red Sox placed Joel Hanrahan on the DL yesterday, which means that the team needs to find a replacement at closer in the near-term. It sounds like Junichi Tazawa will get the call, which is a big step up for the still-youthful hurler. For a team that has struggled so greatly in the bullpen as of recent times, they will surely hope for a timely recovery.
3.) Matt Harvey is continuing his absurd start to the season, and for Mets fans who miss R.A. Dickey he is surely filling that void. For a team building for the future, Harvey is an exciting building block. With prospect-phenom Zack Wheeler nearly ready in Triple-A, the team has to like its prospects in the pitching rotation moving forward.