Thursday, April 5, 2012

4-5 Recap

Well we had our first day of more than one game.  Seven to be exact.  Let's see how I did and have a little recap of each game.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Tigers 3 Red Sox 2 (Win)

This game was all about the starting pitching.  For almost 7 innings Jon Lester matched Justin Verlander pitch for pitch.  In the 7th inning he didn't get a couple of calls he thought he should get and gave up an RBI double to the criminally underrated Alex Avila.  Jose Valverde came in to close the game but blew his first save in 52 chances.  The tigers eventually won it in the bottom of the 9th inning with an RBI single by Austin Jackson.

Mets 1 Braves 0 (Loss)

Johan Santana pitched for the first time in 19 months and he pitched well.  He pitched better than I thought he would today actually.  The Braves couldn't muster anything against Santana or any of the Mets relievers.  The only run of the game was scored on a David Wright single.  That was the David Wright swing we have all ben accustomed to the last few years and the one we all hope to see this year.

Phillies 1 Pirates 0 (Win)

Not only was I right in saying that the Phillies would win but I was also right in saying that this would be a great pitching matchup.  Bedard and Halladay both pitched like I thought they would and the Phillies once again did just enough to win.  That is the difference between these two teams.  The Phillies find ways to win. The Pirates find ways to lose.

Nationals 2 Cubs 1 (Win)

Another great game between Ryan Dempster and Stephen Strausburg.  Dempster actually outpitched Strausburg but the bullpen gave up the lead by allowing a run in the 8th and a run in the 9th.  I think that is what Cubs fans will have to get used too this year as Kerry Wood couldn't throw strikes and Carlos Marmol definitely is no longer the dominant closer he used to be.

Blue Jays 7 Indians 4 (Win)

This was the longest opening day game innings wise in Major League history.  The Indians raced to a 4-0 lead and I thought for sure this was going to be a loss but they came back to tie it with 3 runs in the 9th inning.  J.P Arencibia hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 16thh inning to cap the comeback.  I got lucky on that one.

Reds 4 Marlins 0 (Win)

Johnny Cueto pitched 7 shutout innings for the Reds, who have now scored 1 run in 2 games.  The only player who is doing anything offensively for the MarlinsMark Buehrle pitched well in his Miami Marlins debut but they just could not score any runs for him.  Jay Bruce hit a home run in the 8th inning to pad the lead, but Cueto and the Reds didn't even need it.

Dodgers 5 Padres 3 (Win)

The Dodgers won this game despite only getting 3 innings out of Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.  Kershaw came down with the flu and couldn't continue. Los Angeles needed 6 pitchers to get thru the game but they got there mainly because the Padres offense is putrid.  Matt Kemp hit a home run in the 8th inning in the start of his 50-50 campaign he said he was going to get.  He did not get a stolen base though.

Days Record: 6-1       Overall Record: 8-2

Tomorrow there are 9 games so lets see if we can keep this good start going.

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