On this date in 1938 – Johnny Vander Meer stuns baseball
by pitching his second successive no-hitter, defeating the
Dodgers 6-0, as Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at
Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectator
Babe Ruth, Vander Meer strikes out seven and walks eight,
including three walks in the ninth.
Let’s see if any of our guys delivered a Hall of Fame performance.
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Since it was Sunday, Brad of course played! As
I have noted previously, if you want to see a
team’s backup catcher play, you have a great
shot of seeing him on a Sunday. And per
usual, Brad did quite well, he went 2-for-2, hit
his 2nd double of the year and drove in his 4th
run of the year in the Dodgers victory over the
Rangers. He also walked and was hit by a
pitch, thus, Brad reached based each time he
came to the plate!!! He must have been talking
to Youk or something!!!
He raised his average back over .300 to .317.
Additionally, he threw out his counterpart,
Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who
was trying to steal 2nd in the 8th inning.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan went 1-for-4, with his lone hit being his
14th double of the year, in the Brewers loss to
the ChiSox. His average fell to .313.
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig didn’t pitch in the A’s loss to the Giants on
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott earned a well-deserved day of rest.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John earned his 11th hold of the year by
pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Pirates
win over the Tigers on Sunday. He lowered his
ERA to 3.72.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe went 2-for-2, homered in his third straight
game and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay in
their win over the Nats. Gabe also walked twice
and was caught trying to steal 2nd in the 8th
inning. He raised his average above the
Mendoza Line once again!
Kapler is still batting only .202 (.268 against
lefties), but he has hit three home runs since
last Monday after hitting none in his first 34
games. His pinch-hit homer off Ron Villone on
Friday sparked a 4-3 victory, and his two-run
shot in the sixth off Ross Detwiler on Sunday
tied the game at 4.
He earned a Chai 5 for this continued hot
A .291 career hitter against lefties who hit .354
against them last year at Milwaukee, Kapler
acknowledged he’s heard the carping from fans
said he’s thankful Maddon trusted in him.
“Talk radio is an interesting medium,” he said.
“But I absolutely stunk for a really nice stretch
The fact I kept getting the opportunity to
go back on the field, I’m not sure how many
managers would have kept throwing me out
“At the same time, I never believe I can’t get the
job done. I always believe something great is
around the corner.”
“If he was 42, I might have had some doubts,”
Maddon said. “But he’s a young man, 33, who
keeps himself in great shape. (See the picture
below – especially my female fans)
Mrs. Kapler sure seems to like him as well!
He works his butt off, so it was a matter of time.
On top of that, his track record indicates that’s
what he is like.”
There has been at least one homer hit in all 33
games this season at Tropicana Field. The only
other park in the majors to have a homer streak
since from opening day is Yankee Stadium (32
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 0-for-4 in the Rangers loss to the
Dodgers on Sunday. His average continues to
sink and now is at .260.
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason earned a day of rest.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of his
wife. My prayers are with him.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk went 0-for-4, and guess what, he
walked again!! He didn’t score or drive
anybody in. His average fell to .331.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Brad Ausmus