Sunday, April 15, 2012

4-15 Recap

Another day and another Seattle Mariner game attended.  It was a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest and the Mariners did not disappoint.  We will get to them later as we need to get to the recaps!

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Blue Jays 9 Orioles 2 (Win)

The Blue Jays avoided the sweep at the hand of the Orioles on Sunday and they did it by exploding for 7 runs in the sixth inning.  The middle of the order for the Blue Jays did most of the damage as both Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnicion had 2 hits, including a home run.  Add that to the fact that Kyle Drabek only allowed 2 runs and you have the reason why the Blue Jays won.

Marlins 5 Astros 4 (Win)

Both starting pitchers had quality starts as this game came down to a battle of bullpens.  As bad as the Marlins bullpen was in allowing 4 runs in the ninth inning yesterday, they were dominant today as they only allowed 1 run in five innings and it was their turn for some late dramatics.  They got it in the form of a 2-run home run by Hanley Ramirez in the eighth inning to tie it, and won it in the eleventh on a Hanley single with the bases loaded.

Reds 8 Nationals 5 (Loss)

The Reds got a Grand Slam from Ryan Ludwick in the first inning on Sunday to take a 4-0 lead against Ross Detwiler and the Nationals, but Washington methodically came back to tie it at 5 in the bottom of the seventh.  The game stayed tied until the eleventh inning when the heart of the Reds order came up and did damage to the tune of 3 runs.  The bullpen held the lead in the bottom of the inning to prevent the sweep.

Braves 7 Brewers 4 (Loss)

Brandon Beachy pitched 7 strong innings and both Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward homered for the Braves, who swept the Brewers over the weekend.  The Braves are getting better swings against left handers this year and if that continues look out.  The last 2 games showed why Atlanta is going to be a tough out this year.  Yesterday they win behind the strength of their pitching and today the old guard and the young phenom both go yard as the offense gets into the action.

Phillies 8 Mets 2 (Loss)

Another Mets game and another missed prediction.  With the Mets losing today that brings my record this season to a stellar 1-8 in predicting their games.  For awhile this looked like another battle between struggling offenses before Philadelphia put up 2 in the seventh and 5 in the eighth to take a commanding lead they would never relinquish.

Red Sox 6 Rays 4 (Loss)

I picked Tampa Bay in all 3 games against the Red Sox and they get swept.  That isn't a good weekend for me.  Matt Moore got roughed up for the first time in his major league career as Tampa Bay lost for the fourth time overall.  The silver lining for Tampa Bay has to be that at least they didn't give up any runs in the eighth inning after giving up 8 on Friday and 5 on Saturday in that frame.

Indians 13 Royals 7 (Win)

The Cleveland Indians hit 4 home runs en route to 13 runs and a series sweep of Kansas City this weekend. Travis Hafner, Shelley Duncan, Casey Kotchman, and Jason Kipnis all left the building for the Indians, who scored 32 runs in this 3 game set.  Ubaldo Jiminez didn't pitch great today but he didn't have to, he just had to throw strikes and get outs after getting such a big lead.

Tigers 5 White Sox 2 (Win)

The Tigers did exactly what I predicted they would do today as they gave Rick Porcello just enough offense to get the win.  Porcello was good for 7 2/3 innings, allowing only 5 hits and 1 run and he did not walk a batter.  The Tigers scored a run in the fifth inning and a run in the sixth inning on wild pitches, which is something you see a lot more of here in April then you will in September.

Rangers 4 Twins 3 (Win)

Josh Hamilton hit a 2-run home run in the eighth inning capping a 3 run rally and helping the Rangers sweep the Twins.  Joe Nathan came in and got the final 3 outs in his first outing against his former team.  The Rangers are now in first place in the American League West and the Minnesota Twins are last in the American League Central.  At least some order has been restored.
Cardinals 10 Cubs 3 (Win)

The Cardinals took the rubber game of the series thanks to rookie Matt Carpenter who tripled, homered, and drove in 5 runs for St. Louis.  He is now hitting .409 and already has 10 RBI's, despite only logging 22 at-bats so far.  Meanwhile Paul Maholm continues his struggles against... well everyone.  He still hasn't won a game since last July and if he keeps pitching like he did today his next win might be a long ways out.

Diamondbacks 5 Rockies 2 (Loss)

Drew Pomeranz made his 2012 debut and while I still think he will be a very good pitcher for a long time in this league, he didn't have any command today as it took him 100 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings.  Trevor Cahill was the exact opposite, shutting down the Rockies and looking very much the Diamondbacks were hoping they were going to get when they traded for him last year.

Pirates 4 Giants 1 (Loss)

Kevin Correia helped the Giants avoid the sweep by pitching 6 innings and only allowing one run.  He threw 91 pitches in those 6 innings and only 29 of those were balls.  That is a ratio that would make any manager happy.  More bad news for the Giants after the game as it was announced that closer Brian Wilson probably needs season ending surgery and it will be up to Sergio Romo to pick up the slack.

Mariners 5 Athletics 3 (Win)

The Mariners got another quality start from Blake Beavan and this time scored a couple of runs for him so he could get the win.  After going toe to toe with Neftali Feliz and losing 1-0 to the Rangers,  Beavan got some support this time with home runs by Brendan Ryan and Justin Smoak.  Beavan pitched 8 innings and really only made one mistake, which Eric Sogard hit out of the ball park for a 3-run home run.  After that Beavan settled down and retired 9 of the final 10 batters he faced to get the win.

Dodgers 5 Padres 4 (Win)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finding the weirdest ways to win games and Sundays contest was no different.  With the score tied at 4 in the top of the ninth inning the Padres had 2 runners on with 0 outs.  Jesus Guzman squared to bunt but got a fastball right at his face and as he backed away the ball hit his bat and bounced fair.  A.J Ellis, the catcher for the Dodgers, threw the ball to third base to start a very rare 2-5-6-3 triple play and get the Dodgers out of the inning.  In the bottom of the ninth inning Dee Gordon got a game ending RBI single to score Juan Rivera and sweep the series for the Dodgers, who now sit at 9-1.

Yankees 11 Angels 5 (Win)

Derek Jeter and Raul Ibanez both hit home runs for the Yankees, and Ivan Nova won his 14th straight decision as New York took the series between two playoff contenders.  Nova continues to get massive amounts of run support and once he get it he knows that to do with it.  I will be interested to see Nova pitch when his team doesn't score double digit runs for him, but since it seems like that is never going to happen we all will just sit back and watch his wins and his ERA climb and not really tell how good of a pitcher he is.  

Days Record: 9-6                  Overall Record: 72-68                Lock of the Day Record: 6-4

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