Zack Greinke threw a gem [7 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, 8 K], but the bullpen blew the Save so he settled for the no-decision. Shaun Marcum looked pretty good too [7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 6 K]. Marcum doesn’t have a W yet (neither does Greinke), but he is sporting a 1.00 WHIP and 4.00 ERA with 23 Ks in 27 IP, he should be owned in more than 45% of Yahoo leagues. Jose Guillen (2 for 4, 3 RBI) hit his 6th HR, Alex Gordon (1 for 4) hit his 1st HR, the game winner off Scott Downs in the Tenth. Billy Butler went 2 for 4 with a Run. Scotty Pods (1 for 3, R) was caught stealing, so was Jason Kendall? TOR only managed 4 hits, one of them was an Álex González two Run HR. Fred Lewis (1 for 3, R) stole his 2nd base of the season. Aaron Hill comes off the DL on Friday. Jason Kendall (.352) reached on a bunt, he has a 14 game hit streak.
It took four games, two at Petco, for Garland to have a good game [7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, K] and get his first Win. Toad Wellemeyer is still looking for his first. Pablo Sandoval (1 for 3) hit his 3rd HR, a solo shot. Mark DeRosa went 2 for 4. Everth Cabrera didn’t get a hit (0 for 3), but he walked in a run and hit a Sac Fly for 2 RBI. Adrian Gonzalez (2 for 4) hit a solo HR, his 3rd. Chase Headley (.368) went 2 for 4, Will Venable also went 2 for 4, with a Run and 2 SB. Nick Hundley went 1 for 4 with a 2 Run HR.
Yovani Gallardo sunk the Pirates [5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 10 K]. He struck out 9 of the first 11 batters, shut-out the Pirates for 5 Innings and I didn’t get a Quality Start? Grrrrr. Zack Duke was forced to walk the plank [5 IP, 6 ER]. PIT managed four hits, McCutchen didn’t get any, but he stole 2 bases after walking. He has 9 SB on the year now. MIL got Home Runs from Rickie Weeks (1 for 4, R, 2 RBI), Ryan Braun (3 for 4, R, RBI, SB) and Jody Gerut (pinch-hit 2 Run HR). Prince Fielder (.226) knocked in his 4th RBI of the year, he still doesn’t have a HR. Speedsters Carlos Gomez (1 for 4, 2 R) stole his 4th base and Alcides Escobar went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs. Braun has a 9 game hit streak, McGehee is at 10. Fielder has tied his career worst for most AB without a HR to start a season.
Jason Hammel had a decent line [7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, BB, 6 K], but Rafael Betancourt took the loss. That’ll teach Fanhouse to not deal me Rafael for Morales. John Lannan pretty much sucked [6 IP, 4 ER, 11 H, BB, 2 K], but Tyler Clippard (3-0) got another Win and Matt Capps Saved his 7th game. Capps’ WHIP is still at 1.68 tho, sell high!!! WAS got 2 hits from Morgan (Run), Zimmerman (Run), Dunn (R, 2 RBI), Willingham (2 R, RBI, SB) and Nieve (RBI) who filled in for a resting Pudge (who did enter the game to pinch-Sac Fly). Carlos Gonzalez (.383) went 4 for 5 with a Run, RBI and SB. Tulowitzki went 2 for 5 with a RBI, Hawpe (2 for 4) hit a solo HR. Ryan Zimmerman left in the 7th after appearing to hurt his hammy. Strasburg threw 5 shut-out innings in Double-A.
Roy Halladay threw a Complete Game Shut-Out [5 H, BB, 7 K, 113 Pitches]. He is good, the Cy Young debate will be great. Tim Hudson faired well too [6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K], but he pulled an unlucky matchup here. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4, everone else combined to go 3 for 27. Jayson Werth (2 for 4, R) and Raul Ibanez (1 for 3) each hit a RBI double. Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with a Run, he struck out once. Halladay says his Changeup has improved and “It’s worked out better than I could have thought so far.” Polanco was beaned in the elbow, x-rays were negative, sounds like he is day-to-day.
Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t at his best [5.2 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K], but his defense (and umps) didn’t help and it was enough to get the W. Aaron Harang was hung out to dry [5.2 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 118 pitches], his numbers aren’t pretty (1.62 WHIP, 8.31 ERA). Who drafts Reds pitchers anyway? Dickerson (0 for 3) started in CF, Stubbs (0 for 1, BB) came in later. Votto Loco (.321) went 2 for 4 with his 3rd HR, he had 2 RBI. Scott Rolen (.300) hit his 4th HR, he went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs. The Dodgers went to town (18 hits), they got 3 hits from Furcal (3 R, 4 RBI, SB), Ethier (2 R, 2 RBI, HR), Manny (2 RBI) and Loney (R, 2 RBI). Matt Kemp (1 for 3) hit his 7th HR, he had 4 Runs and 2 RBI. Russell Martin went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs. Kemp has a 10 game hit streak. Ronald Belisario was activated from the restricted list, he pitched a perfect inning. Drew Stubbs is hitless in his last 19 AB.
Not a good game for SP, Beckett [7 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 5 BB, 4 K] Harrison [4 IP, 6 ER]. Okajima got the W for BOS as the TEX bullpen (Nippert) blew another one, this one in overtime. Neftali Feliz was spectacular tho (2 IP, 0 H/BB, 3 K). TEX kept running on BOS, Skinny Elvis (0 for 3, 2 BB, R) stole 1 base and Julio Borbon (3 for 5, 2 R, RBI) stole 2 bases. Josh Hamilton did most of the damage, he went 3 for 4 with a HR, 2 Runs and 4 RBI. BOS got Home Runs from J.D. Drew (1 for 4, 4 RBI), Mike Lowell (DH, 2 for 4, 2 RBI) and Darnell McDonald (1 for 3, 2 R). Youkilis (R, RBI, game winning double) and Scutaro (2 R) each went 2 for 6. Nelson Cruz left the game with fatigue in his hammy. Ortiz was benched, Francona has VMart and Lowell to use at DH, Papi doesn’t have much room for error. Dice-K looked good in his final rehab start [5.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, O BB, 8 K]
Carlos Silva put up another great line [6 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K]. Oliver Perez allowed a bunch of base runners [5 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 4 K], he’s good at that. Chone F… I mean David Wright (1 for 2, RBI) stole his 6th base. Rod Barajas (1 for 4) hit a solo HR off Silva. Alfonso Soriano (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his 2nd HR. Marlon Byrd (.281) had a good game, going 2 for 3 with 2 Runs and 2 RBI. Theriot went 3 for 5 with 2 Runs and a RBI, Soto went 2 for 2 with a Run and RBI, Tyler Colvin started in place of Fukudome and went 2 for 5 with a Run. Lou Piniella gathered his team together for a quick pep talk Wednesday, urging his players to relax and have fun. The same day Carlos Zambrano was demoted to the bullpen. ARam will rest on Thursday.
Josh Johnson pitched well [6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K], but the bullpen (Badenhop) blew it. Bud Norris was cruising [5 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K], but was pulled after 86 pitches (49 strikes). He didn’t allow a hit til the start of the 5th. Matt Lindstrom (1.14 WHIP, 3.86 ERA) locked up his 4th Save, allowing just a hit in an innings work. Cameron Maybin (.302) went 1 for 4 with a triple, Run and RBI, he’s up to 15 Runs now. Uggla (.339) went 2 for 3 with a Run, Gaby Sanchez (.277) went 1 for 3 with a Run and RBI. Michael Bourn went 1 for 3 with 2 Runs and a SB, his 4th. For some reason, Lance Berkman was caught stealing 3rd, he went 0 for 4 with a RBI. Carlos Lee went 2 for 3 and knocked in his first RBI. Carlos was caught stealing too. Humberto Quintero went 2 for 3 with a solo HR off Johnson. Jorge Cantu (1 for 4) extended his hit streak to 19 games.
Francisco Liriano is the man! Hopefully you drafted him, the price to acquire him is probably sky high. Liriano threw 8 shut-out Innings [6 H, 2 BB, 6 K] and David Huff couldn’t keep up [6 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, 6 BB, K]. No CLE player managed more than a hit. Cuddyer (2 for 4, 3 RBI) hit his 3rd HR, Span went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI and that’s all the offense the Twinkies needed.
Wade Davis looked great [6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K], he’s only 15% owned, which is pretty crazy. I’m sure he’s owned in all of my leagues, I started him for the first time today. I’m happy. Mark Buehrle was hit hard [4.2 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 K]. Sergio Santos is starting to be of interest to me. The converted shortstop is looking great so far [0.50 WHIP, 0.00 ERA, 83% GB%!, strike outs galore], here is a little background info on him. Juan Pierre was 2 for 4, but was caught stealing. The rest of the team went 2 for 26. Bartlett (2 R, RBI) went 3 for 5, Longoria (2 R, RBI) went 3 for 5, Upton (R, 2 RBI) went 2 for 3, Burrell (0 for 2) pushed in 2 runs and Sean Rodriguez (2b, CF) exploded, going 3 for 5 with 2 Runs, 4 RBI, hitting his 1st HR. Maddon said, “… his ability’s going to translate in the big leagues. Once he gains his confidence here, he’s going to play like what you saw in spring training.” Carlos Quentin is hitless in his last 20 AB.
Chris Carpenter had a great game [7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 10 K] and Edwin Jackson tried to keep up [8 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K], eventually Jason Motte got the W. Chad Qualls sucks!!! Colby Rasmus (3 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI) went yard twice, once off Qualls. Skip Schumaker-Levy 9 hit a HR that crashed into Jupiter, he went 2 for 5 with 2 Runs, 3 RBI and the HR. Yadier Molina went 3 for 5. Pujols looked pedestrian, going 0 for 5, lowering his AVG to .295. ARI had 7 hits, no one with more than one. Kelly Johnson, Tony Abreu and Stephen Drew had RBI. Qualls was booed by the crowd of 19,165 and I need to find a way to purge this guy from two of my teams. I’m thinking of buying a six-pack and offering trade-after-trade until he’s gone. Mark Reynolds got the day off (sore quadriceps) before the team plays 20 games in 20 days. ARI called up prospect Cole Gillespie.
Phil Hughes did what Vazquez was supposed to do last night, shut down the miserable OAK offense. Hughes had a sexy line [7 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 10 K] and Ben Sheets wasn’t too shabby himself [6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K]. Mariano Rivera was Mariano Rivera, closing the door for his 6th Save, allowing just a hit. Nick Johnson went 0 for 3 with 2 walks, Teixeira (.115) went 0 for 4, ARod went 2 for 4 with a triple and a Run, Robinson Cano (R, RBI, SB) went 2 for 4. OAK managed 3 hits, what a pathetic lineup. Billy Beane needs to write a new book called I.O.U. Ball, “That’s as good as money, sir. Those are I.O.U.’s. Go ahead and add it up, every cent’s accounted for. Look, see this? That’s a MLB player contract. 275 thou. Might wanna hang onto that one.” Hughes actually had a no-hitter going into the 8th inning, when Eric Chavez got a hit off Hughes, literally… off his arm and chest. Moo Moo Evans, a Harlem Globetrotter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Jeremy Bonderman actually did a decent job [6 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K] keeping up with Jered Weaver [7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K], but neither got the Win. Brian Fuentes blew a Save and took the Loss… uh oh, we have closer issues in Anaheim. Valverde locked it down for the Bayside Tigers, throwing a clean Ninth. My boy Erick Aybar went 1 for 3 with a BB, R and SB, his 2nd of the year. Torii Hunter (1 for 4) stole his 2nd base too. Kendry Morales (1 for 4) provided the fireworks with a 2 Run HR. Mike Napoli was back in the lineup and went 0 for 3. Miguel Cabrera took Fuentes deep in the Ninth, he finished with a 2 for 4, 2 R, RBI line. Carlos Guillen went 1 for 3 with a SB, he was caught stealing too. Ramon Santiago went 2 for 3 with a RBi and Don Kelly (1 for 3) filled in for Inge and hit his first HR, a solo shot. You may want to sell high on Austin Jackson, he’s struck out 3 times in each of the past two games and has a K in every game so far.
King Felix made the BAL lineup look like court jesters [9 IP, 9 H, 6 K]. He didn’t allow a Walk or Earned Run in the Complete Game. Kevin Millwood lasted 8 Innings, giving up 4 ER, 6 H, 3 BB and struck out 4. He is sporting a 1.24 WHIP and 3.38 ERA, pitching @ TB, vs TOR, @ OAK and @ SEA. Pretty soft schedule so far, don’t go crazy. Kotchman (2 for 4, R) and Rob Johnson (2 for 3, R, RBI, SB) were the only Mariners to get more than 1 hit. Jack Wilson went 1 for 3 with a 3 Run double. Wieters (1 for 4, RBI) pushed across the only BAL run, Markakis went 3 for 4 with a Run, Atkins went 2 for 4. Lou Montanez led off and went 2 for 4. King Felix is 9-0 in his last 9 decisions and has 17 straight Quality Starts.