The Grand Slam: Brewers' Matt Garza dominates Reds in two-hit shutout


As intense as Matt Garza looked on the mound Saturday, there's no wonder the Cincinnati Reds had trouble hitting him. His eyes struck fear, his arm struck hitters out.

The Reds could only muster two hits against Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers, en route to a 1-0 win for Milwaukee. Garza outdueled Homer Bailey of the Reds, going the distance and striking out nine to improve his record to 6-5. Bailey was good too — he struck out eight and scattered seven hits, the Brewers' lone run coming in the first inning on an Aramis Ramirez RBI single.

After the game, Garza said he wasn't backing down from the Reds lineup, which usually fares well against the Brewers (Cincinnati has won 11 of their last 16 meetings):

''I just kept attacking. I had a plan and I just stuck with it. We went after these guys, challenged them."

Speaking of challenges: Ryan Braun left the game for the Brewers in the second inning with lower back spasms. He'll be evaluated before Sunday's game. Losing Braun to the disabled list again would be tough for the NL Central-leading Brewers.

This isn't a metaphor. The New York Yankees actually did throw away the game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, allowing the Twins to win on a walk-off throwing error in the 11th inning.

The Twins had the bases loaded with one out in a 1-1 game when Trevor Plouffe tapped a ball back to the pitcher. The Yankees got the force out at the plate, then Francisco Cervelli whipped the ball to first base in hopes of an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. Only Cervelli threw the ball away and Josh Willingham scored from second base. Oof.

Through seven innings, Felix Hernandez and Jose Quintana were both masterful as the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox were tied 0-0. In the eighth inning, things unraveled for the Mariners and the White Sox scored twice. Then the same happened for the White Sox in the ninth and the Mariners scored two to send the game to extra innings.

Ultimately, a 14th inning ground-rule double from Brad Miller gave the Mariners the win, 3-2. It was Seattle's 11th win in their last 14 games.

The strong starting pitching was an afterthought by game's end, but it's worth mentioning again here. Quintana stuck out 10, giving up four hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings. Fernandez, meanwhile, struck out eight and gave up three hits and two runs (both in the eighth inning).


From not a lot of offense to all the offense — the Washington Nationals pummeled the Chicago Cubs by the score of 13-0.

It was, as the kids say, all bad for the Cubs, who gave up a run in the second, six in the third, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. Carlos Villanueva was starting in place of now-traded pitcher Jeff Samardzija and he didn't make it out of the third inning.

The Nats had 19 hits with every starter (including pitcher Gio Gonzalez) getting at least one. Ryan Zimmerman had the best day, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

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