MLB In Full Bloom - Wainwright Becomes NL's First 11-Game Winner - 7/3/2014

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Adam Wainwright played stopper to the Cardinals' three-game skid as he used the two runs of support he received and made it stand in a 2-0 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Wednesday night. The victory made Wainwright the National League's first 11-game winner, and with 7 2/3 scoreless innings, he lowered his ERA to an NL-best 1.89. Wainwright kept Giants hitters off-balance all night and he has allowed only two runs combined in his last four starts. Wainwright is flat embarrassing major league hitters at the moment, going 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA in five starts since the beginning of June. He'll face the Pirates on Monday.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks. He doubled and scored in the first inning, then belted a two-run homer to right field in the second as the Pirates took a 3-0 lead. Polanco is having a great start to his major league career as he is batting .306 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 98 plate appearances.
  • Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Wednesday's victory over the Rangers. Jones has been a roll at the plate lately and it continued and now he has 16 homers, 52 RBI, and a .307 BA.
  • Julio Teheran allowed one run over seven innings as the Braves defeated the Mets 3-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander improves his record to 8-5 and is quietly putting himself into the NL Cy Young discussion. Teheran limited the Mets to four hits and three walks while striking out five, and he lowered his ERA to 2.29. He will face the Mets again in his next start when the Braves will be in New York.
  • Tyson Ross threw his first major league shutout Wednesday in the Padres' 3-0 defeat of the Reds. Ross was fantastic as he gave up just three hits with no walks while striking out nine Reds hitters. He is now the owner of a 2.93 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings this season for San Diego. He'll try to keep it going next week at Coors Field. The Padres have suddenly won four games in a row.
  • Angel Pagan (back) will receive and epidural shot Thursday in an attempt to relieve some of his back pain. He suffered a setback in his recovery while running Monday, and the Giants probably won't have a solid timetable for his return until the effectiveness of the epidural is apparent early next week.
  • The Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and the Seattle Mariners all completed three-game sweeps on Wednesday. These are teams we don't usually mention in the same sentence with the word "sweep" unless they are being swept. On Wednesday night, the Cubs finished the sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park 16-9. It's the most runs they have ever scored in an interleague game and the most runs the Red Sox have allowed in interleague play. Meanwhile, the Padres swept the Cincinnati Reds at home and the Mariners swept the Astros in Houston.
  • During the Cubs/Red Sox game, Red Sox color analyst on NESN - Jerry Remy - lost his tooth mid-broadcast. Don Orsillo, play-by-play announcer on NESN and Remy's found the entire situation hilarious, encouraged Remy to put the tooth back in during the broadcast. All of a sudden, Orsillo became a dentist and with a pair of pliers and some tape and tried to insert the tooth back into Remy's mouth.

Have a happy and safe July 4th!