Buster Posey is 3-for-9 to begin the week but two of those hits are three-run homers including a mammoth shot off the scoreboard last night in Milwaukee. Posey's power combined with excellent starting pitching has Twinkle Toes on the verge of climbing back into the East Division pennant race.
Twinkle Toes 11, Vicious Fishes 0
Four of the five starting pitchers to take the mound have earned quality starts for Twinkle Toes including Ubaldo Jimenez and Brian Matusz on Tuesday. This has the Fishes in a 0-4 hole in the quality start category. They can make up ground quickly tonight as Tommy Hanson, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Sale, and Jake Arrieta all start. Those starts will determine if this series is competitive or if the Fishes are floating belly up on Thursday morning. Neither team has been overwhelming offensively but Twinkle Toes currently leads all six categories.
A-Rod's Mirrors 9, Bacon at Mile 11 2
J.J. Putz had a bullpen meltdown Tuesday night and now Bacon is trailing 9-2 and is left with a 5.87 ERA that must be whittled down in the next five days. While Putz was being a, well, putz, Rafael Soriano was pitching a perfect ninth to earn a save for the Mirrors. In addition, the offense was stealing everything in sight, as Alex Rodriguez, Drew Stubbs, and Denard Span all swiped bases. Stubbs is now 3-for-6 with two homers and a stolen base in the series. The Mirrors will send Cole Hamels and Jeff Samardzija to the mound tonight while Lance Lynn pitches for Bacon.
Give it a Yankee 7, Jersey Boys 2
Brandon Phillips took this series by the throat Tuesday, smacking two homers, driving in three runs, and scoring twice. On the mound for Give it a Yankee, Luke Hochevar earned a quality start and struck out eight and Chris Perez bagged a save. The Jersey Boys had a homer from Alfonso Soriano and a brilliant quality start from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who struck out 11. Give it a Yankee has an opportunity to break the pitching categories open tonight as Wandy Rodriguez, Jonathon Niese, and Daniel Bard all start. Veteran Andy Pettitte will try to keep the Jersey Boys close.
Lower Haighters 7, The Machine 5
Gavin Floyd destroyed the Machine's ERA and WHIP Tuesday when he gave up nine earned runs in 3.1 innings. But he wasn't alone. Matt Cain and Ricky Nolasco also failed to deliver quality starts. The three pitchers combined to allow 17 runs in 16.1 innings. Albert Pujols homered for the Lower Haighters while Joe Nathan was earning a save. Rookie Jarrod Parker will try to salvage the Machine's pitching stats tonight while Ricky Romero takes the mound for the Lower Haighters.
Marin Menehunes 5, Los Coche Bomba 4
Michael Bourn is an unlikely source of power but his two home runs Tuesday has Bomba back in this series. Robinson Cano added a third homer for Bomba, which evened up the offensive categories at three apiece. Rajai Davis was strong on the basepaths for the Menehunes, swiping two bags. Matt Harrison earned a quality start for the Bomba but ace Brandon Beachy allowed four runs over seven innings. Barry Zito will pitch for the Menehunes this morning.
Home Run 101 6, The Cys 5
Home runs by Ian Desmond and Luke Scott on Tuesday are the difference in this series. Desmond has been red-hot for Home Run 101 and is now 3-for-7 with two homers, a stolen base and three RBI this week. Sergio Romo, Vinnie Pestano and Cory Wade all earned holds for Home Run 101. Aroldis Chapman has made a successful transition to closer, earning his second save of the series on Tuesday. Fernando Rodney added a second save while Darren O'Day had a hold. C.J. Wilson had a brilliant start for the Cys, striking out seven over eight scoreless innings, while Edinson Volquez also earned a quality start. Edwin Jackson will pitch tonight for the Cys.
High Cheese 5, The Bulls 5
Hanley Ramirez knocked in two runs and swiped two bases as High Cheese tied this series Tuesday. Both offenses seemingly took the night off, as they combined for just six runs, three RBI, and no homers. On the mound, the Bulls saw Roy Halladay and Shaun Marcum both struggle, allowing a combined 11 runs over 12 innings. On the other side, Adam Wainwright had his best start of the season for High Cheese, hurling a complete game shutout while striking out nine. Both bullpens were strong. Santiago Casilla earned his second save of the series for the Bulls and Wilton Lopez had a hold while Steve Cishek had a hold for High Cheese. Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders will pitch today for High Cheese.
Scully's Slammers 6, HUMA 4
HUMA is keeping this series close with excellent pitching. Mat Latos struck out eight over seven innings and Jordan Zimmerman pitched six innings of one-run ball as both earned quality starts Tuesday. In the bullpen, Kenley Jansen added a save with a scoreless inning of relief. For the Slammers, James McDonald struck out eight over seven innings for a quality start while Tyler Clippard and Jim Johnson each had saves and Logan Ondrusek added a hold. Carlos Peña busted a homer for the Slammers while the diminutive Jose Altuve launched one for HUMA. Both teams will send two starters to the mound tonight. James Shields and Ted Lilly pitch for the Slammers while Doug Fister and Scott Diamond take the hill for HUMA.