Ryan Braun hit his 28th homer of the season on
Jeff Samardzija pitched 2 shutout innings, striking out 3 and earned his first major league save in the Cubs come from behind win vs. the Marlins. This from a guy who had started 15 games at AA Tennessee, with a 44/42 K-BB ratio in 76 innings and a 4.86 ERA. Closer of the future in Chi-town? Wood is a free agent at the end of the year.
George Sherrill earned his 30th save of the season in
Clayton Kershaw earned his first major league win today vs. the Nationals. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Are the Nats better than some of the AA competition Kershaw has faced this year?
Speaking of the Dodgers, a day after optioning Blake Dewitt to AAA Vegas, they send Andy Laroche down to join him to activate pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney and his .094 batting average. Nice move, Ned!!
Ubaldo Jimenez shut out the Reds in
Johan Santana threw a complete game to win his 9th game of the season in the Mets 9-1 victory over the Cardinals. He gave up 6 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. He also managed a single after not running out a long fly ball that hit off the RF fence. Wonder if he will get abused by Mets fans on WFAN tomorrow?