Sunday, April 8, 2012

4-8 Recap

Now that all the Easter festivities are done the food has been eaten and the Masters is complete it's time to take a look back and see how the predictions went.  On a side note congrats to Bubba Watson for winning the 2012 Masters in a playoff.

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher

Tigers 13 Red Sox 12 (Loss)

This was a wild game that looked over about 7 different times before the final outcome was decided.  The Tigers took a 4-0 lead in the first inning only to see the Red Sox rally back and take a 7-5 lead after three.  The Red Sox held a 10-7 lead in the 9th inning but couldn't hold on and had a 12-10 lead in the 11th inning before Alex Avila hit a walk off home run for the Tigers to sweep the series.

Indians 4 Blue Jays 3 (Win)

Carlos Santana went deep twice today as the Indians avoided the sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays.  It was Santana's 26th birthday and he made sure it was one he would never forget.  The Indians also got a great pitching performance from Derek Lowe, who allowed only 2 runs in 7 innings and got 15 ground ball outs.  That type of performance is exactly what Lowe needs to bounce back after his disastrous 2011.

Mets 7 Braves 5 (Loss)

Jonathan Niese looked like Walter Johnson the first 6 innings for the Mets and for awhile there you thought he would throw the first no-hitter in the 51 year history of the franchise.  The Braves offense was still looking for answers as they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.  In the 7th inning both Atlanta's offense finally came alive as they scored more in that inning alone then they had the whole season up to that point.  Still it wasn't enough as the Mets had a 7-0 nothing lead and held on to win 7-5.

Reds 6 Marlins 5 (Win)

After the first inning it was 3-0 Reds and it looked like Carlos Zambrano was going to have a short in his first start for the Marlins.  Zambrano gave up 4 runs in 6 innings but the Marlins rallied to take the lead off of Bronson Arroyo with 3 runs in the 7th inning.  New Marlins closer Heath Bell came in to pitch the 9th inning and gave up a home run to Jay Bruce and a walk-off single to Scott Rolen.  

Orioles 3 Twins 1 (Win)

Jason Hammel took a no-hitter into the 8th inning as the Orioles swept the Twins 3-1.  Justin Morneau led off the 8th inning and hit a rocket off the right field well for a double.  Hammellgave up 2 hits in 8 innings in his first start in an Oriole uniform.  J.J Hardy hit a home run for the Orioles, who have now won 7 straight games against Minnesota.  

Pirates 5 Phillies 4 (Loss)

Well the Phillies and Pirates finally scored a few runs in this game but for awhile it didn't look like that would be the case.  The Phillies had a 4-1 lead in the 7th inning but the Pirates scored 2 in the 7th, 1 in the 8th, and 1 in the 9th to win it with a walk off single by Andrew McCutchen.  Hunter Pence hit a double and a home run for the Phillies but it wasn't enough.

Rays 3 Yankees 0 (Win)

Jeremy Hellickson pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball as the Rays swept the Yankees in this opening series.  Hellickson, pitching on his birthday, allowed only 3 hits and combined with Fernando Rodney on the shutout.  Carlos Pena and Jeff Keppinger both hit home runs for the Rays, who have now matched the best start in team history at 3-0.

Astros 3 Rockies 2 (Loss)

The Rockies also blew a lead late as the Astros scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win 3-2 and take the series.  The Astros started 0-5 in 2011 and 0-8 in 2010 so getting off to a fast start is very important for this young team.  Former starting pitcher Brett Myers came in for the 9th inning and put the Rockies away 1-2-3 for his first save of the season.

Cardinals 9 Brewers 3 (Win)

Who needs Albert Pujols?  Apparently not the St. Louis Cardinals, who have continued to hit the ball all over the park at the start of the 2012 season.  The Cardinals pounded 14 hits out and Lance Lynn pitched 2-hit ball into the 7th inning in this early series between division rivals.  Lynn was a huge part of the bullpen last year but was called into starting duty when Chris Carpenter got injured and he did not disappoint today.

Cubs 4 Nationals 3 (Loss)

Today is the 2nd straight day that I lost my lock of the day but I am not deterred.  Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzjia pitched into the 9th inning as the Cubs avoided the sweep at the hands of the Nationals.  He entered the 9th with a 4-1 lead and gave up 2 runs before Carlos Marmol came in and slammed the door for the Cubs.  Jordan Zimmerman was the tough luck loser for the Nationals, allowing only 1 earned run in 7 innings.

Royals 7 Angels 3 (Loss)

The Royals jumped out to an early lead for the 2nd day in a row, scoring 3 runs before the Angels even had a turn at bat.  Ervin Santana, pitching for the Angels, allowed 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Angels were playing catch up the entire game.  Both Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler hit home runs for the Royals, who took two out of three from the preseason A.L West Champions.

Padres 8 Dodgers 4 (Win)

The big dagger that helped the Padres avoid the sweep was the 8th inning grand slam that Chase Headley hit.  That pushed the lead from 4-2 to 8-2 and gave the Padres some breathing room.  It was breathing room they needed too as Andre Ethier hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning but the Dodgers could get no closer.  After picking the Padres for the last three games it was good to see them finally win one.

Diamondbacks 7 Giants 6 (Loss)

It just seems like the Diamondbacks have the Giants number.  Score in the first inning and then hold the lead.  Check.  Let the Giants take a 6-0 lead before scoring 7 unanswered runs.  Check.  The latter is what happened today as Lyle Overbay and Ryan Roberts both hit home runs off the now very rich Matt Cain.  However that only made the game 6-5 but the Diamondbacks got 2 RBI fielders choices in the 7th inning to finish the comeback and take the lead.  From there the bullpen did there job and shut down the Giants for the 9th straight win in the series.

Rangers 5 White Sox 0 (Win)

The Texas Rangers hit 3 home runs today to back starting pitcher Matt Harrison and win the series against the White Sox.  Josh Hamilton, David Murphy, and Adrian Beltre all left the park for Texas and Harrison made it stand.  Hamilton's home run in the 6th inning was a sight to behold.  He put his perfect left handed swing on it and hit it 441 feet to right center, over the bullpens.  Harrison pitched 6 effective innings before giving way to his bullpen to finish the job for him.   

Days Record: 7-7                  Overall Record: 24-24                 Lock of the Day Record: 1-2

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