Josh Outman recorded his first major league win of his season, and second in his career, throwing 6 excellent innings against the Royals last night in Oakland. Josh required just 78 pitches, 50 strikes, to retire the Royals while the game was still close. He left with a 2-1 lead, and the Athletics went on to win, 7-2. I have seen Josh pitch on TV 3 times now, last night was the best. He has good stuff and shows more poise with each appearance, and generally continues to learn and improve. Last night, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 walks, with 4 Ks.
I am a big fan of the "OutMan", can you tell?
Not such a good report out of Philadelphia, as the Dodgers won, 9-2. Carlos Ruiz had a single, a double and 2 walks, but Ryan Howard was 0 for 4 with 3 Ks. J.A Happ relieved Jamie Moyer in the 5th inning, recording 2 outs to complete the frame, but allowed a walk and a hit, and both his inherited runners scored. Happ has shown he will take on any challenge head on, and I am still impressed by his season so far. He has made 11 appearances for Philadelphia, a total of 19.2 innings. 6 runs, 13 hits, 8 walks, 14 strike outs, 1-0, 2.75. Quietly excellent.
In Colorado, Michael Bourn (.297) had 2 singles , scoring a run a driving one in, as part of Houston's 24-hit victory, a wild 15-11 affair over the Rockies. I couldn't be happier for Bourn, a great kid, who was traded back to his home town team. The combination of being in a major league line up everyday, and having to do it in your home town can sometimes take awhile to find it's own comfort level, but Michael seems to have found it. For the record, Bourn is 11 for 14 on steal attempts.
There was another battle of HomeSiders in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville had a 7-1 lead in the 8th inning when they called on R.J. Swidel. R.J. allowed a lead off single, before 2 ground balls gave him 2 outs and had him looking at a pinch-hitter for Reno, Chris Roberson. This round to Swindel, Robey retired on a ground out. Swindel has allowed 1 run in 13.1 innings of work for Nashville. That's 0.68 if your scoring at home!!
In Oklahoma City, Greg Golson was 1 for 3 and stole his 5th base for the RedHawks in their 5-1 win over Portland. Speaking of Portland, Kevin Howard was reassigned from Portland to AA-San Antonio by San Diego. On Tuesday in Sacramento, Adrian Cardenas had a single and a double in 3 at bats, scoring a run as well as knocking one in, in Sacramento's 3-0 win.