July 23, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Tuesday, July 22 proved to be a memorable night for four former Northwestern baseball players who currently make a living in Major League Baseball.
Three big league players and one manager were active participants in four games on Tuesday. J.A. Happ was the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, while George Kontos was one of nine pitchers used by the San Francisco Giants in a 14-inning game. Jake Goebbert made a start at first base for the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field and Joe Girardi piloted the New York Yankees in their clash with the Texas Rangers.
One night after his team lost by a lopsided margin of 13 runs, Happ toed the rubber for the Jays against the Boston Red Sox and fired six scoreless innings against the defending World Series champions. The lefty scattered seven hits and struck out four as he improved his 2014 record to 8-5 in the 7-3 triumph.
Toronto manager John Gibbons discusses Happ's outing below, courtesy of MLB.com:
With a record of 52-49, the Blue Jays are currently tied with the Yankees for second place in the American League East. Both clubs are just a game-and-a-half back in the Wild Card race.
One day after being recalled by the San Francisco Giants from class AAA Fresno, Kontos was summoned from the bullpen in the top of the 12th inning to face the Philadelphia Phillies. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native tossed two scoreless innings before his offense scored four times in the top of the 14th. Tim Lincecum
, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season for San Francisco, relieved Kontos and secured his first Major League save. For his strong effort, Kontos notched his second victory in as many nights and his third of the season. With Tuesday's win, the Giants surged ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers to take a one-game lead in the National League West.
Below are a few highlights of Kontos' first outing against the Phillies on July 21:
Goebbert, who made his Major League debut earlier this summer on June 20, had the opportunity to play in his hometown on Tuesday when his San Diego Padres club visited Wrigley Field in Chicago to open a series against the Cubs. Goebbert made the start at first base and batted sixth for the Friars, but he was held hitless in the ballgame. He did reach one time via a walk.
Here is a link to an MLB.com video about Goebbert's return to Chicago.
Like Kontos' Giants, it took 14 innings for Girardi's Yankees to eclipse the Texas Rangers. Girardi, who played 15 seasons with four different clubs, is in his eight year as a big league manager and his seventh with the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees and Rangers played 12 scoreless innings before each side put up a run in the 13th. Newly acquired Chase Headley hit a game-winning single for his new team in the bottom of the 14th to secure the win for New York. Girardi, who now owns 693 career wins as a skipper, discussed the Tuesday's game, courtesy of MLB.com:
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