The Wrap: AL (Hosted Games)
AL-ish Quote of the Night
"Frankly, I'm embarrassed with the way I pitched. ... And when you're awful, you deserve to get your teeth kicked in. And that's what I got."
-- Dodgers starting pitcher Randy Wolf, who seemed to be taking his Wednesday night loss pretty poorly
Led by Josh Fields, Chicago blasted away Los Angeles. Fields hit two of the White Sox' six home runs in the victory as Chicago scored all 10 of its runs courtesy of the long ball. Dodgers starter Randy Wolf gave up five runs and three homers over 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Cory Wade wasn't much better, getting charged with four runs on two home runs in just one inning of work. The six home runs was one shy of Chicago's club record.
Bronson Arroyo apparently is living the movie Groundhog Day - every year he wakes up to a nightmare on June 24 in Toronto. A year ago, the Blue Jays pasted Arroyo for 10 earned runs in one inning in Toronto. Exactly one year later, Arroyo again was abused in Toronto to the tune of five first-inning runs and a total of seven over 3 2/3 innings. Aaron Hill and Adam Lind each hit two-run homers while Vernon Wells chipped in a solo shot to lead the Blue Jays to their third straight win.
Tampa scored five runs in the eighth inning to bust open a 2-1 game and even up a three-game set that is a rematch of last year's World Series. Pat Burrell, who picked up a championship ring while with the Phillies last year, provided all the runs the Rays would need by hitting a two-run blast in the second inning. Tampa Bay kept piling on, however, thanks to a string of hits against three Philadelphia pitchers in the eighth. Matt Garza picked up the win for the Rays for his first victory since May 16.
Franklin Gutierrez's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning pushed the Mariners past the Padres. Gutierrez led off the inning for Seattle and drilled a 2-0 pitch into left field against Edward Mujica. Brandon Morrow collected a no-decision in his third start of the season for the Mariners. Morrow began the year as the team's closer but injuries and poor results have him back in Seattle's rotation, which is also where he ended the 2008 campaign.
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