Sunday, April 22, 2012

4-22 Recap

15 games were scheduled for today but 3 were postponed.  We still had 12 games today so lets get straight to the recaps.  In a note about my record I recounted and missed a game earlier between Colorado and Houston.  Even though I went 7-5 today I added 8 wins to fix this error.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Rangers 3 Tigers 2 (Win)

The Rangers won 3-2 in 11 innings on Sunday and took the series from the Tigers.  The Rangers got 1 in the eighth inning to send the game into extra innings and won the game in the eleventh inning on a suicide squeeze.  The game had a little bit of controversy as the game as the bunt by Alberto Gonzalez his his leg and then bounced fair.  It should have been called a foul ball but it was not and the Rangers got the win.

Cardinals 5 Pirates 1 (Win)

Erik Bedard has got to be wondering when the Pirates are going to score for him.  He dropped to 0-4 this year and yet he has an ERA of 2.63.  There is no way he should be 0-4 with the way he is pitching.  Kyle Lohse improved to 3-0 for the Cardinals and he still has an ERA under 1 this year.  He is pitching out of his mind right now and the Cardinals are reaping the rewards.

Rays 6 Twins 2 (Win)

Francisco Liriano continues to not give the Twins a realistic chance to win.  He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings and Tampa Bay was the beneficiary of 4 sacrifice flies to win the series.  Liriano who only gave up 3 hits but he walked 4 batters and had no command of his any pitches all game long.  Jeff Niemann got his first win of 2012 by allowing only 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay.

Astros 12 Dodgers 0 (Loss)

The Astros got a 2-run home from from Carlos Lee in the first inning and a grand slam from Jordan Schafer in the second inning and that was all that Wandy Rodriguez needed.  The Astros scored more runs today for Rodriguez than they had in his first three starts but they didn't really need too.  Wandy lowered his ERA to 1.42 in 2012 and finally got his first win of the year.

Rockies 4 Brewers 1 (Loss)

Well I lost my lock of the day because Jeremy Guthrie went toe to toe with Yovani Gallardo.  Both pitchers went 7 innings and gave up 1 run, so it came down to a battle of the bullpens.  Francisco Rodriguez gave up 2 runs in the eighth inning and that was all Colorado needed as Coors won the beer series against Miller.  This time.

Blue Jays 5 Royals 3 (Win)

Toronto kept the Royals reeling and took the third game of the series behind the pitching of Ricky Romero.  I think Romero is going to be an all-star this year and he is pitching like it so far in 2012.  He improved to 3-0 by pitching 8 innings and only allowing 5 hits and 2 runs.  The Royals have now been swept at home by Cleveland, Detroit, and now Toronto will be looking to do the same tomorrow.

Reds 4 Cubs 3 (Win)

Randy Wells actually pitched better then I thought he would, but he still didn't get the win.  That is because Johnny Cueto continues to pitch well as he improved to 2-0.  Cueto struck out 7 and only allowed 5 hits in improving to 2-0.  On offense Joey Votto is starting to turn it around as he hit 2 doubles today to improve his average to .291.  Not quite worth 225 million dollars but better than where he was a week ago.

Orioles 3 Angels 2 (Loss)

Dan Haren once again was denied his bid for his first win of 2012 and he pitched well enough to get it.  Haren pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up 2 runs but his counterpart matched him pitch for pitch.  Howard Kendrick tied it in the eighth inning with a home run but the Orioles retook the lead in the tenth inning and kept it for the win.  Albert Pujols went 0-5 today and struck out 2 more times as his average dropped to .246.  Ouch.

Athletics 5 Indians 1 (Loss)

The Oakland Athletics avoided the sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, and they did it by riding the right arm of Tyson Ross.  Ross might have been a little bit wild in giving up 5 walks, but he only allowed 4 hits and did a great job of not giving the Indians good pitches to hit.  Yoenis Cespedes did strike out once today.  Its like clockwork.

Padres 6 Phillies 1 (Loss)

The Philadelphia Phillies offense sucks.  I have been nice in saying they are struggling in missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but there is no more beating around the bush.  With the pitching staff that this team has there is no way in hell they should be 7-9, but they are because they can't hit worth a lick.  Today Juan Pierre got 3 hits and the rest of the team got 5 and 4 of them were singles.  That won't win you a lot of games.

Diamondbacks 6 Braves 4 (Win)

Ian Kennedy won again for the Diamondbacks, winning his 10th game in his last 11 starts at Bank of American Ballpark.  The big blow for the Diamondbacks was a grand slam by Gerardo Parra to cap a 5-run second inning for the Diamondbacks.  Kennedy made sure that would be enough as he improved to 3-0 in 2012, after winning 21 games last year.  

White Sox 7 Mariners 4 (Win)

At least the Mariners got a hit today.  A day after being no-hit Seattle got 8 hits but still lost today and got swept at the hands of the White Sox.  Chicago has now won 19 of their last 22 games against the Mariners, who went 3-6 on a 9-game home stand against Oakland, Cleveland, and Chicago.  Alex Rios got 3 hits and drove in 3 runs for the White Sox, and is now hitting .333 early on this year.

Days Record: 7-5                  Overall Record: 124-110                Lock of the Day Record: 11-6

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