Sunday, April 8, 2012

4-7 Recap

Full day of action completed today.  We had a lot more offense today as opposed to the first two days, but we already have learned a couple of things.  The main things I have learned in the last three days is that the bullpens for the Indians and the Cubs are not very good and the offense is struggling in Philadelphia.  Let's go to the games today.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Blue Jays 7 Indians 4 (Win)

Both pitchers were dealing to start the game as Morrow and Jiminez carried no hitters into the 5th inning.  Jiminez had his broken up in the seventh and this game once again went to extra innings where Blue Jays scored 5 runs in the 12th inning off of the Indians bullpen to win the game.  That is the second straight day the Indians bullpen has allowed more than three runs in extra innings.  Cleveland already has bullpen issues.

Nationals 7 Cubs 4 (Loss)

This is a game where I actually thought I had a chance to win.  The Cubs were up 4-2 in the 8th inning and then the Woods Marmol duo came in and once again got the doors blown off.  The Nationals ended up scoring 5 runs in the 8th inning to take the lead and win the game.  I predicted that Wood would struggle and that Marmol would walk a lot of people this year and so far that is exactly why the Cubs are 0-2.

Mets 4 Braves 2 (Loss)

The Mets hit 3 home runs today in handing the Braves a second straight loss to open the season.  David Wright continued his hot start with an opposite field home run and Lucas Duda also hit two home runs for the New York.  Meanwhile Atlanta waited 14 innings before scoring in 2012 and that came off of a 2-run home run by Martin Prado.  Wasn't enough as the Braves fell to 0-2 for the first time in four years.

Tigers 10 Red Sox 0 (Win)

The Tigers got 2 home runs from Prince Fielder and 2 home runs from Miguel Cabrera in waxing Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox 10-0.  Alex Avila also went deep for the Tigers but it wasn't all good news for Detroit.  Starting pitcher Doug Fister left the game in the 4th inning with a strain on the left side of his body.  He will go on the 15 day disabled list starting tomorrow.  Fister is very important on this team because he and Verlander are the two veteran starters on this team and now a youngster will have to step up.

Royals 6 Angels 3 (Loss)

Luke Hochevar out pitched Dan Haren today as the Royals beat the Angels.  Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both hit home runs off of Haren and Hochevar made it stand.  He had his first good start against the Angels going 61/3 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits.  On the plus side for the Angels Albert Pujols got his first hit in the American League, so there is a silver lining for Halo fans.

Diamondbacks 5 Giants 4 (Win)

Arizona raced out to a 4-0 lead on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants and I thought they were going to coast to their 8th straight win against San Francisco.  Even Aaron Hill's two home runs were not enough to put the game away as Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill both hit home runs for the Giants.  In the end J.J Putz slammed the door on the Giants.

Brewers 6 Cardinals 0 (Win)

Zack Greinke pitched 7 shutout innings and Corey Hart homered twice as the Brewers shutout the Cardinals.  Everyone got in on the hitting party for Milwaukee with Rickie Weeks homering, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez hitting RBI doubles, and Ryan Braun getting the 2012 monkey off his back by going 2-3 with a pair of doubles.  Adam Wainwright pitched in his first game in over a year and gave up 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Not bad for Wainwright and it is good to see him back out there.

Astros 7 Rockies 3 (Loss)

Jamie Moyer failed in his first attempt this year to be the oldest pitcher in Major League history to win a game, giving up 4 runs in five innings.  Moyer has allowed more home runs than any other pitcher in baseball history and now that he is pitching in Coors Field expect the balls to fly.  He gave up 2 today and those won't be the last 2 he gives up this year that is for certain.

Orioles 8 Twins 2 (Loss)

At least I was right in my prediction that there would be some offense in this game.  Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, and Adam Jones all went yard for the Orioles who also got a gem from starting pitcher Tommy Hunter.  Hunter pitched 7 strong innings for the Orioles who now have a 6 game winning streak going against Minnesota.  The Twins had a chance to cut the gap when they had the bases loaded and nobody out but they could only manage 2 RBI ground outs and the rally was snuffed.

Pirates 2 Phillies 1 (Loss)

Our first loss in the lock of the day category came today as the Phillies lost in extra innings to the Pirates.  There have been a combined 4 runs in the first 2 games of this series as both offenses are struggling to hit.  I can understand why the Pirates are struggling as they have faced 2 of the toughest pitchers in the game.  The Phillies have no excuse for why they can't hit the ball as they still have an all-star at four positions in the field. I know this team is getting old but I still thought they would be able to hit a little bit this year. Guess I was wrong.

Marlins 8 Reds 3 (Loss)

After doing nothing in the first two games of the season the Marlins finally woke up and started hitting the ball like everyone thought they would.  Omar Infante, Hanley Ramirez, and John Buck all homered and Ricky Nolaso pitched 8 solid innings.  Mat Latos struggled in his first start at Great American Ballpark and will need to get used to pitching in a smaller stadium.  For Reds fans let's hope he gets used to it quickly.

Rays 8 Yankees 6 (Win)

David Price and the Rays continue to beat up on the Yankees in Tampa Bay winning 8-6.  The score actually makes the game sound closer than it was, as the Yankees scored 4 in the 9th to make it interesting.  Evan Longoria homered again as Tampa Bay rudely welcomed Hiroki Kuroda to the American League East.  The former Dodger was tagged for 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Yankees fell to 0-2.  Here comes the panic from the Bronx now.

White Sox 4 Rangers 3 (Loss)

The hero for the White Sox today is Alex Rios, who hit a home run off of Joe Nathan in the 9th inning to win it.  Jake Peavy gave up 3 runs in 6 innings and the White Sox bullpen came in and shut down this machine that is the Rangers offense.  Paul Konerko drove in 3 runs today in his 2000th, with all but 81 being in a White Sox uniform.  Congratulations on a long and great career Paul and I know you aren't done yet!

Dodgers 6 Padres 5 (Loss)

The Padres looked like they were going to get their asses kicked once again after being down 5-0 in the 5h inning.  They hadn't done anything offensively in 2.5 games and things were looking pretty bleak.  Out of nowhere this team came back to score 5 runs to tie the game.. Only to lose in extra innings.  The Dodgers have started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1999 season.

Mariners 8 Athletics 7 (Win)

The Mariners definitely figured out Bartolo Colon this time as they torched him for 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings.  Usually giving Felix a 7-0 lead puts the rest of the game on cruise control but the Athletics battled back.  It is good to see the offense pick Felix up for a change instead of the other way around.  The Athletics made it interesting thanks to a 3-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes but the bullpen shut Oakland down for the remainder of the game.

Days Record: 6-9                  Overall Record: 17-17                 Lock of the Day Record: 1-1

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