Friday, April 27, 2012

4-26 Recap

It wasn't a busy day as only 8 games were played, but today still had some drama.  Walk-off home runs, walk-off singles, and a pitcher going for the first time since his perfect game.  Time for the recaps!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Royals 4 Indians 2 (Loss)

The Royals now have a winning streak!!  After losing 12 in a row the Indians have taken 2 in a row over the Indians, who are now 7-2 on the road but only 2-6 at home.  Yuniesky Betancourt is still batting lead off for the Royals and Jose Lopez is seeing regular playing time for the Indians.  No wonder why both of these teams aren't very good.

Giants 6 Reds 5 (Win)

The Giants exercised their Great American Ballpark demons with one swing of the bat.  Down 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning Angel Pagan hit a 3 run home run off of Sean Marshall to give the Giants the lead.  The bullpen held on in the bottom of the ninth, helping San Francisco win there for the first time in 8 games.

Mariners 5 Tigers 4 (Loss)

Further proof that this is a tough game to predict.  The Mariners just swept the Detroit Tigers on the road.  They did it with home runs from Justin Smoak and.... Miguel Olivo!?!?!?!?  Olivo hit his first home run of the year and has raised his batting average by .58 points in the last 9 games.  That is right he is now hitting .169!!

Rays 4 Angels 3 (Win)

Another lock of the day that goes down to the wire, this time I won thanks to Brandon Allen.  Allen came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Rays down by a run and smacked a game winning 2-run home run into the right field seats.  The Angels continue to struggle, as they fell to 2-7 away from home and are now 6-13 overall.

Mets 3 Marlins 2 (Win)

So much for Heath Bell being a good pickup for the Marlins.  He blew his third save of the year in five chances, and he currently has an ERA of 9.53.  In my preview of Miami I predicted that he would struggle and so far he is proving me right.  His ninth inning antics cost Anibal Sanchez a win, who pitched brilliantly today but got nothing to show for it.

Orioles 5 Blue Jays 2 (Loss)

Baltimore continues to own Toronto as they swept the Blue Jays in this series and are now 5-1 against them this year.  The score was tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning until Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit home runs for the Orioles.  Jones already has 6 home runs for Baltimore this year, making that Erik Bedard trade look even worse for the Mariners.

Red Sox 10 White Sox 3 (Loss)

Now that is the Phillip Humber that America knows and loves.  In his next start since throwing a perfect game Humber allowed 9 runs in 5 innings, including a grand slam to Kevin Youkilis and 2 home runs to Jared Saltalamacchia.  Welcome back Phillip we missed you!!

Padres 2 Nationals 1 (Win)

Even when the Nationals lose they get good starting pitching.  Pitching nomad Edwin Jackson and hard-luck Edinson Volquez pitched pretty even today.  The difference was the National bullpen gave up a lead.  Another difference was that the Nationals could only muster 4 hits, while San Diego doubled them up by getting 8.  The offense for San Diego is still really bad, but 2 runs today was enough to get the win.

Days Record: 4-4                  Overall Record: 151-132                Lock of the Day Record: 13-8

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