Tuesday, May 8, 2012

5-7 Recap

13 games were played today. We managed to stay over .500 again.  We also got 2 pitchers who got thier first win of the year and the first 6 game winner in baseball! On with the recaps!

Winning Pitcher
Losing Pitcher
SEA 3, DET 2
SF 1, LAD 9

Indians 8 White Sox 6  Game 1 (Win)

Phillip Humber got rocked again.  He still only has one win this year and that was the perfect game he threw against the Mariners.  Today he didn't make it out of the third inning and he gave up 8 runs.  His ERA now stands at 6.83 for the season and it would be even worse if it wasn't for the perfect game.  He isn't a great pitcher, he just had a great day.

Indians 3 White Sox 2   Game 2 (Loss)

A lot less scoring took place in the second game of the doubleheader but the result was the same.  The Indians are playing solid baseball right now and they are on top of the American League Central.  In this game the Indians scored late off of Matt Thornton to get the win. If Chris Sale was moved to the bullpen to help keep the White Sox in games, shouldn't he pitch in tight spots?  It would certainly make sense to me.

Mets 5 Phillies 2 (Loss)

Once again the Phillies offense does nothing to help Roy Halladay win.  Halladay only allowed 2 runs in 7 innings but wasn't even in line for a decision because the Phillies offense did nothing.  In the top of the ninth inning Jordany Valdespin got his first major league hit.  It just so happened to be a 3-run home run off Jonathan Papelbon that gave the Mets the win.

Rangers 14 Orioles 3 (Win)

Way to make it look like you can play with the big boys Baltimore!  I know that your bullpen didn't have much in the tank because of the wild game yesterday, but to get thoroughly dominated like this?  Ouch.  The game was a little bit more respectable until the Rangers put a touchdown up in the ninth inning.  This looks like a Baltimore Raven score more than a Baltimore Orioles score.

Cubs 5 Braves 1 (Loss)

Bryan Lahair with another home run for the Cubs!! Chicago now has 17 home runs on the year and Lahair has 8 of them.  The kid can hit a baseball that is for sure.  Jeff Samardijza had another fantastic start for the Cubs and I think I have picked every one of his starts incorrectly this year.  I am pretty sure the only time I picked him to win was his lone loss.  

Marlins 4 Astros 0 (Win)

Carlos Zambrano got his first win today in a Marlins uniform and he made sure that no one could blow the lead for him today.  He got a complete game shutout, only allowing 3 hits and striking out 9, and got the benefit of home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, John Buck, and Hanley Ramirez.  This victory marks the seventh in a row for the Miami Marlins.

Angels 8 Twins 3 (Win)

A day after forgetting to pick my lock of the day the Angels rewarded me with a win.  This was the fourth time I have picked the Angels to win the lock of the day and the first time they have won in those 4 games.  Jered Weaver didn't get another no-hitter against Minnesota but he did only give up 3 hits in 6 innings and got his fifth win of the season.

Red Sox 11 Royals 5 (Loss)

The Red Sox stopped reeling in about the first inning of this game.  They scored 4 runs in the top of the first and never looked back, shelling Jonathan Sanchez and the Royal bullpen in the opener of this series.  The Red Sox got 4 home runs today and pounded out 16 hits, which were more than enough to get Felix Doubront the win.

Reds 6 Brewers 1 (Win)

Yovani Gallardo was scheduled to start today but couldn't go, leaving Marco Estrada to start in his place.  Estrada was fine until the fourth inning, when he gave up 5 runs and dug the Brewers a hole they could not get out of.  These two teams are going in opposite directions and Milwaukee needs to get it turned around if they went to stay within an arms reach of the Cardinals.

Cardinals 9 Diamondbacks 6 (Win)

Speaking of the Cardinals, how about my boy Lance Lynn??  Lance became the first pitcher to win 6 games this year and he wasn't even supposed to start the year in the rotation.  He didn't give up a run in 5 innings and the Cardinals got 5 home runs to blow the doors off of Joe Saunders and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  

Padres 3 Rockies 2 (Win)

The other pitcher who got his first win of the year was Edinson Volquez, and it is about damn time.  I was right in predicting that the Padres would only score a couple of runs but the Volquez would make it hold.  He has been pitching well for the last month and deserved this win, so I am happy for him.  He even got the win despite giving up a home run to the pitcher for the Rockies, Drew Pomeranz.

 Mariners 3 Tigers 2 (Loss)

Fast forward to the ninth inning with me.  Octavio Dotel is pitching in his 64th season in the big leagues and has a 2-0 lead.  Then he walks Brandon Ryan.  Then he walks Ichiro.  Bam! Wild pitch, runners move up.  Bam! Passed ball, Ryan scores and Ichiro takes third.  Jesus Montero hits a missile off the center field wall for a double, and after Dotel was pulled Kyle Seger lays down the bunt and John Jaso hits a sacrifice fly to win it for the Mariners.  Three runs in the ninth inning.  One hit.  That is how the Mariners do things.  

Dodgers 9 Giants 1 (Loss)

Another day for the Dodgers and another day where Matt Kemp goes 3 for 3 at the plate.  The man is a hitting machine!  This game was fairly close until the eighth inning, when Travis Blackley came in and immediately gave up four runs.  I can't believe the Travis Blackley still has a job with a major league club.  Meanwhile,  Ted Lilly got the win for the Dodgers and improved to 4-0 so far in 2012.  

Days Record: 9-6                                        Monthly Record: 55-41              
Lock of the Day Record: 18-12                  Overall Record: 240-196 

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