@ Nationals 3, REDS 2
I know this is an NL Central-centric blog, but I watched this game front-to-back and have to apologize for ripping Gio Gonzalez. I know he has control problems, but they weren’t there yesterday. He was spotting his fastballs on the black on both sides of the plate and placing his curve perfectly. Early on I thought “Well, this guy has no-hit stuff today…” That didn’t happen, but he only allowed a pair of them over 7 innings of work. Maybe more impressively considering his major short-coming – zero walks to go with seven punchouts.
In the end, the Reds tied it up on closer Brad Lidge in the top of the 9th, but lost in the bottom of the 10th on an Alfredo Simon wild pitch.
@ CUBS 8, BREWERS 0
Matt Garza came one out shy of a shutout and could have had it if he hadn’t air-mailed a grounder back to the mound with 2 outs in the 9th. With 119 pitches, Garza was pulled. He struck out 9, allowing 3 hits and a pair of walks. The Cubs nickled and dimed Zack Greinke and the Brewers to death, with only Steve Clevenger (2 doubles) picking up extra-base hits to go with 11 singles.
@ Dodgers 3, PIRATES 2
The Dodgers put 3 on the board in the 1st inning and cruised the rest of the way. Andrew McCutchen was 3-for-3 to up his batting average to .409 on the season, while Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 to improve to .385.