The first weekend of interleague play is now behind us. In an unusual twist, the National League has taken an early lead (22-20) and has also out-homered the American League by a 41-40 count. The NL hasn't won the season-long interleague battle since 2003.
Sunday saw three walk-off hits and the three heroes are our Hitters of the Night.
Josh Willingham (WAS): 2-4, walk-off HR, 2 R
- Josh Willingham saw 17 pitches in Sunday’s game against the Orioles. While he only saw eight fastballs, he swung at none of the 9 off-speed pitches thrown his way. Willingham sat on the fastball all afternoon, swinging at four, only missing one and going 2-for-4 including the walk-off HR in the 10th inning.
Ryan Doumit (PIT): 3-5, 2B, walk-off HR, 2 RBI
- Familiarity helped Ryan Doumit in Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Doumit saw 15 pitches and 11 of them were fastballs. Doumit swung at seven of the 11 heaters, missing zero and putting five in play. Three of the five were hits for the Pirates catcher, including the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Felipe Lopez (STL): 1-2, walk-off 1B, BB
- Lopez came to the plate with the bases loaded in the 10th inning having seen 9 pitches already -- six of which were fastballs. So he locked in, fouled off the first-pitch slider, and got consecutive fastballs -- the second of which he lined into center to end the game. Overall, eight of the 12 pitches he saw were fastballs.
Some other miscellaneous notes from Sunday:
- Josh Johnson pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Chicago White Sox, allowing six hits and two walks. However, Johnson failed to record a strikeout for the first time in his career (86 starts). Entering Sunday’s MLB action, Johnson was fourth in the National League with 63 strikeouts.
- After scoring 1 run on 10 hits in the first two games of the series against the White Sox, the Florida Marlins set a new club-high this season in runs (13), hits (18), HR (5) and extra-base hits (10) in the 13-0 win over Chicago.