Saturday, April 14, 2012

4-13 Recap

Well shit.  I just gotta keep telling myself it's still early.  It's still early.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
SD 8, LAD 9

Yankees 5 Angels 0 (Win)

Hiroki Kuroda shut down the Angels in the home opener for the Yankees as New York won 5-0.  Kiroda didn't allow a run in 8 innings and got Alez Rodriguez hit a home run to help.  It was the 630th home run of A-Rod's career which tied him with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time list.  Albert Pujols got one hit in four at bats to lower his batting average to .222.

Red Sox 12 Rays 2 (Loss)

The Tampa Bay Rays scored the first run in this game against Josh Beckett and the Red Sox and by the time they scored #2 Boston had already put 12 on the board.  David Price only got through 3 innings because he couldn't find the strike zone.  He threw 83 pitches in those 3 innings and only 47 of those were strikes.  Since even in a win Boston has issues as Jacoby Ellsbury hurt his shoulder sliding into second and had to come out of the game.

White Sox 5 Tigers 2 (Win)

Jake Peavy hasn't gotten injured yet!! It must still be April!  Peavy shut down the high powered offense of the Tigers and earned the win, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up 2 runs while striking out 8.  The White Sox won their fifth home opener and a row and beat a very good team doing it.

Cubs 9 Cardinals 5 (Loss)

The Cubs scored 4 in the first inning and 4 in the third inning on the way to winning the opener in the series.  The big hit was a grand slam by Bryan Lahair in the third inning off of Adam Wainwright.  The Cardinals did manage to make it interesting by scoring 5 runs of their own in the fifth inning but didn't threaten again after that.

Indians 8 Royals 3 (Loss)

Another game in which the winning team started off a with a bang, the Indians hung a 7 spot on Hochevar and the Royals before they even got a turn at bat.  Derek Lowe now has both wins for the Indians after only giving up 2 runs.  After that first inning, where he was spotted 7 runs before he threw a pitch, he just needed to go out and throw strikes and that is exactly what he did.

Giants 5 Pirates 0 (Win)

Matt Cain definitely lived up to his contract today as he fired a one-hitter against the hapless Pirates.  The only hit for the Pirates was by the pitcher James MacDonald.  That is not something you see everyday.  The Giants got 2 in the first inning off of a Buster Posey double and then cruised the rest of the way.  Now if Matt Cain could show Lincecum a thing or two the Giants might start winning more games because Lincecum has been god awful so far this year.

Nationals 2 Reds 1 (Win)

The Washington Nationals won this game on a 13th inning hit from Jayson Werth to take game 2 of this series against the Reds.  The Nationals tied it in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Xavier Nady, who is making the most of his playing time with Washington.  Jordan Zimmerman and Bronson Arroyo both pitched well, but this game came down to the bullpens with the Nationals coming out on top.

Mets 5 Phillies 2 (Loss)

The Phillies offense continues to struggle and this time Cliff Lee couldn't hold the Mets down as New York came out on top 5-2.  The Mets scored 3 in the first inning off of Cliff Lee to remind you of that old adage if you are going against a front line starter you better get to him early.  The Mets did and then held on as R.A Dickey came out and shut down Philadelphia.

Orioles 7 Blue Jays 5 (Loss)

Both teams scored in the first inning, fourth inning, fifth inning, and sixth inning.  The problem for the Blue Jays as they stopped after that and the Orioles also scored in the eighth inning and the ninth inning.  The Orioles won but are still only 6-29 in their last 35 games in Toronto.  The game featured 7 home runs but all of them were solo home runs which is why a lot of innings only had one run scored in them.

Marlins 5 Astros 4 (Win)

The Miami Marlins still have not hit a home run in the new ball park yet.  Gaby Sanchez was close in the eleventh inning but had to settle for a game winning RBI double that scored Chris Coughlan from first base.  Neither starting pitcher made it past the fifth inning and both bullpens did a decent job, with the exception of the 2-run home run the Astros hit in the eighth inning to send the game to extras.

Braves 10 Brewers 8 (Win)

The Braves got most of the production today from Brian McCann and Dan Uggla as they scored late to beat the Brewers.  McCann had 4 hits and a home run and Uggla had 3 hits of his own.  The Braves actually led this game 8-3 before the Brewers rallied back to tie it.  Uggla then had a 2-run broken bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning that proved to be the game winner.

Rangers 4 Twins 1 (Loss)

Matt Harrison pitched another gem for the Rangers, who are showing people around they league that they can do more than just hit.  Harrison only allowed 1 run in 8 innings and Ian Kinsler hit a home run for Texas. The Twins never really threatened Harrison or the Rangers, with the exception of getting 2 on with no outs in the ninth inning but Alexi Ogando got the next three hitters to end the game.

Rockies 7 Diamondbacks 6 (Loss)

Neither starting pitcher pitched well in this game but the Rockies bullpen was just a little bit better.  The Rockies pen didn't allow a run in the last 6 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Juan Nicasio couldn't make it out of the fourth.  Meanwhile the Diamondbacks gave up only 1 run but it proved to be the game winner as the Rockies won the opener of the series.

Athletics 4 Mariners 0 (Loss)

The Mariners were once again stymied by Bartolo Colon, who is staking his name as the ugliest person on the planet and is doing a damn fine job of wrestling that honor away from Randy Johnson.  The Mariners could only muster 3 hits as the anemic offense was... well anemic.  Felix Hernandez did his best to keep the Mariners in the game but you can't win if you can't score any runs fellas.  Might want to take that sentiment to heart.  In the Yoenis Cespedes strike out watch he k'd 2 more times bringing his 8 game total to 13 so far.

Dodgers 9 Padres 8 (Loss)

You would think that by now I would know better than to pick the Padres against the Dodgers.  However my stubbornness got the best of me again as I thought to myself that the Padres beat Aaron Harang once this year so why couldn't they do it again?  We found out the answer to that question early as Harang struck out 9 batters in a row in the first 3 innings.  The Padres made it interesting by tying the game at 8 in the eighth inning but the Dodgers won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off walk with the bases loaded.

Days Record: 6-9                  Overall Record: 54-56                Lock of the Day Record: 4-4

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