Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 30, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIApril 30, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: April 30, 2011 Edition

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 27:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 8-4.  (Photo by Chris
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    A couple of grand slams, a couple of hitting streaks broken, and all kinds of fun around the league last night.

    Road team standouts are listed first, followed by home teams.

Indians 9, Tigers 5

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    SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 08:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Seattle Mariners during the Mariners' home opener at Safeco Field on April 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    W: Chris Perez (1-1)
    L: Joaquin Benoit (0-1)

    Tigers Standouts
    Miguel Cabrera, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Ryan Raburn, 2-for-5, 2B, R
    Alex Avila, 2-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, 2 RBI

    Indians Standouts
    Asdrubal Cabrera, 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB
    Carlos Santana, 1-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI
    Shelley Duncan, 2-for-4, 2 RBI
    Matt LaPorta, 1-for-4, HR

    Recap
    Carlos Santana hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Indians a victory over the rival Tigers in stunning fashion.  The Tribe never led the game until the final bell but helped tie it up with home runs by Matt LaPorta and Asdrubal Sanchez in the seventh.  Max Schrezer started the day for Detroit, went six and two-thirds and gave up five runs.  Jeanmar Gomez was on the mound for Cleveland and went five and two-thirds, allowing three runs.

    Commentary
    Walk-off grand slam—that's just fun to read.  It's in the same category as cycles and triple plays for rareness, but is probably the most common of the three.  For anyone who missed it though, you could tell Santana had launched the ball into a different hemisphere, the second it left the bat.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3

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    SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 12:  Starting pitcher Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    W: Ricky Romero (2-3)
    L: Freddy Garcia (1-1)
    S: Jon Rauch (5)

    Blue Jays Standouts
    Jose Bautista, 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
    J.P. Arencibia, 2-for-4, HR
    Rajai Davis, 1-for-4, BB, R, 2 SB

    Yankees Standouts
    Robinson Cano, 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 R
    Russell Martin, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI

    Recap
    Jose Bautista knocked his AL-leading ninth home run of the season as Toronto took the opener of their three-game set in New York.  With the exception of two Robinson Cano home runs, Ricky Romero kept the Yankees bats in check, giving up only two runs over six innings while striking out seven.  Freddy Garcia started for the Yanks, pitching five and allowing three.

    Commentary
    Bautista is also leading the AL in batting average, with .372.  What's more surprising is that he's got a 30-point buffer between himself and second place (Travis Hafner at .342).

Nationals 3, Giants 0

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29:  Starting pitcher Jason Marquis #21 of the Washington Nationals delivers to a San Francisco Giants batter during the second inning  at Nationals Park on April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    W: Jason Marquis (3-0)
    L: Tim Lincecum (2-3)

    Giants Standouts
    Aaron Rowand, 2-for-4

    Nationals Standouts
    Jason Marquis, 9 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K; 1-for-3, RBI
    Laynce Nix, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
    Ian Desmond, 3-for-3, 2 2B, R
    Wilson Ramos, 1-for-3, 2B, R

    Recap
    Jason Marquis pitched a five-hit, complete game shutout as the Nationals took the first game of their series from the Giants. Marquis also helped his own cause by singling in the fifth to drive in Ian Desmond.  Tim Lincecum started for San Francisco, pitching seven innings and gave up three runs.  Laynce Nix added a two-run shot in the second for the the Nats.

    Commentary
    Not only does Marquis have a 1.000 winning percentage, but he is currently batting five-for-13 for the season.  And that fulfills my quota on dispensing useless statistics for the day.

Phillies 10, Mets 3

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 12: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies takes a swing against the Chicago Cubs on August 12, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Phillies defeated the Cubs 12-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    W: Vance Worley (1-0)
    L: Mike Pelfrey (1-3)

    Mets Standouts
    Jason Pridie, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Ike Davis, 1-for-3, BB, HR
    John Thole, 0-for-1, 3 BB, R

    Phillies Standouts
    Ryan Howard, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI
    Vance Worley, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 SO
    Placido Polanco, 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, SB
    Ben Francisco, 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI
    Shane Victorino, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB

    Recap
    Ryan Howard notched six RBI off of two home runs—one a grand slam—as the Phillies rolled past the Mets.  Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco each added two RBI as well, which brought their season totals to 18 apiece.  Vance Worley was called up from AAA due to Joe Blanton's injury, and pitched six innings of shutout ball.  Mike Pelfrey started for the Mets and allowed four runs over four-plus innings.

    Commentary
    Impressive outing by the 23-year-old Worley.  It's almost a shame that the Phils' rotation has so many stars on it, given that this kid might be as high as a third or fourth starter on a few other teams.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 4

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    SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13:  Starting pitcher Jason Vargas #38 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field on April 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    W: Jason Vargas (1-2)
    L: Bobby Jenks (1-2)
    S: Brandon League (6)

    Mariners Standouts
    Ichiro Suzuki, 2-for-4, BB, 2 R
    Chone Figgins, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R
    Justin Smoak, 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI
    Jack Cust, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, RBI
    Miguel Olivo, 1-for-5, RBI, R

    Red Sox Standouts
    Mike Cameron, 2-for-4, 2 HR
    Kevin Youkilis, 1-for-3, BB, RBI
    Adrian Gonzalez, 2-for-4, R

    Recap
    Seattle improved to 7-7 on the road this season by beating Boston Friday night.  Daisuke Matsuzaka started for the BoSox, but went only four innings (allowing three runs) before leaving the game with tightness in his elbow.  Jason Vargas started for the M's and gave up four runs over seven, acquiring his first win of the year.

    Commentary
    Justin Smoak has been hot lately, carving two more RBI on the bedpost and totaling ten over the Mariners current four-game win streak.

Marlins 7, Reds 6

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 09 : Pitcher Javier Vasquez , #23 of the Florida Marlins pitches against the Houston Astros in a MLB game on April 9, 2011 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Marlins won 4 to 3. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images)
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    W: Javier Vazquez (2-2)
    L: Travis Wood (1-3)
    S: Leo Nunez (8)

    Marlins Standouts
    John Buck, 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
    Hanley Ramirez, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Gaby Sanchez, 2-for-3, BB, R
    Emilio Bonifacio, 2-for-5, 3B, 2B, 2 R
    Omar Infante, 1-for-4, 2B, SF, RBI

    Reds Standouts
    Jeremy Hermida, 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
    Jay Bruce, 1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R
    Paul Janish, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Ramon Hernandez, 1-for-4, 2B, R

    Recap
    The Marlins notched their eleventh win in fourteen games as Florida sneaked one out of Cincinnati.  Travis Wood had a rough outing, allowing seven runs in just over three innings.  Javier Vazquez went six innings for the Marlins, giving up four runs on just four hits.  Vazquez also did well at the plate, scoring Wes Helms on a RBI single and scoring a run of his own in the fourth.

    Commentary
    I'm not ready to declare Hanley Ramirez out of his funk quite yet, although he does have four hits and three runs over the past three games.  But given that he's a career .310 hitter, it's really just a matter of time.

Angels 8, Rays 5

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 29:  First baseman Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds the bases after his two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 29, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Ph
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    W: Ervin Santana (1-3)
    L: David Price (3-3)
    S: Jordan Walden (4)

    Angels Standouts
    Mark Trumbo, 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI
    Bobby Abreu, 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 R
    Howie Kendrick, 3-for-4, 2 R
    Erick Aybar, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, SB
    Alberto Callaspo, 3-for-4, RBI, R

    Rays Standouts
    Mike Joyce, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI
    B.J. Upton, 1-for-4, HR
    John Jaso, 2-for-3, BB, 2 2B
    Casey Kotchman, 2-for-4, 2B,
    Ben Zobrist, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB

    Recap
    The Angels nailed 17 hits on Friday—making a total of 38 over the past three games—and took their first game of the series against Tampa Bay.  Ervin Santana was awarded with the win for Anaheim, pitching six innings and giving up only one earned run on four hits.  David Price's day wasn't nearly as uneventful, as 12 of the Angels' hits came off of him over just four and one-third innings.  Mike Trumbo had a two-run blast in the fourth and all-totaled drove in four on the day.  Johnny Damon's 16-game hit streak came to an end, as he went 0-for-4.

    Commentary
    The Angels are currently tied for first in the AL West, but still have two more games against Tampa, four in Boston, then three back in Anaheim against the Central Division-leading Indians.  Should be a good indicator of where they're at as far as the AL competition goes.

Cardinals 5, Braves 3, F/11

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Nate McLouth #13 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    W: Eduardo Sanchez (1-0)
    L: Cory Gearrin (0-1)
    S: Trever Miller (1)

    Cardinals Standouts
    Yadier Molina, 2-for-3, RBI, SF
    Daniel Descalso, 1-for-4, 2 RBI, SF
    Nick Punto, 1-for-6, 3B, 2 RBI

    Braves Standouts
    Jason Heyward, 2-for-5, HR
    Nate McLouth, 2-for-4, BB, HR
    Dan Uggla, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI
    Chipper Jones, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R

    Recap
    Nick Punto tripled in two runs in the top of the 11th as the Cardinals outlasted the Braves.  The Cardinals were down 3-2 in the ninth but, following singles by Yadier Molina and Ryan Theriot, Daniel Descalso hit a sac fly to tie the game.  Chris Carpenter got the start for the Cards, went seven innings and gave up three.  His counterpart, Tim Hudson, notched a quality start of his own, going six and allowing two.

    Commentary
    Hard to knock the Cardinals after a win, but why would they ever choose Nick Punto—career .247 hitter—to be their leadoff hitter?

Brewers 5, Astros 0

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Shaun Marcum #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    W: Shaun Marcum (3-1)
    L: Brett Myers (1-1)

    Brewers Standouts
    Prince Fielder, 2-for-3, BB, HR, 2B,
    Ryan Braun, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR
    Carlos Gomez, 0-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB

    Astros Standouts
    Brett Wallace, 2-for-2, SB
    Michael Bourn, 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

    Recap
    Shaun Marcum pitched seven shutout innings as the Brewers rolled past the Astros.  The offense for Milwaukee was provided by—who else—Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.  The 3-4 hitters for the Brew Crew had back-to-back home runs in the first and each added another RBI later in the game.  Brett Myers got the start for Houston, and gave up four runs over six innings.

    Commentary
    Carlos Gomez might not be the best hiiter in the world, but he's already stolen eight bases on the year, including two last night.  If he keeps up the trend, he'll easily break his previous career high from 2008 of 33.

Orioles 10, White Sox 4

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 20:  Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/
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    W: Jake Arrieta (3-1)
    L: John Danks (0-4)

    Orioles Standouts
    Matt Wieters, 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
    Brian Roberts, 2-for-4, BB 2B, 3 RBI
    Luke Scott, 1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 R
    Mark Reynolds, 1-for-4, BB, RBI, 3 R
    Robert Andino, 3-for-4, BB, R

    White Sox Standouts
    A.J. Pierzynski, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Brad Lillibridge, 1-for-4, HR
    Mark Teahen, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Recap
    Baltimore found their bats Friday night, as they walked away with the first game of their series with Chicago.  Matt Wieters knocked in four, including a two-run shot in the sixth, and Luke Scott blasted a solo shot of his own.  The Orioles led 5-4 going into the seventh, but posted five in the frame off an error, two doubles and five walks.  Jake Arrieta got the start for the O's, went five innings and allowed three runs in the win.  John Danks went six innings, giving up five for the Sox.

    Commentary
    This game doesn't automatically mean Baltimore's offensive woes are solved, but it's not out of the question, as Baltimore has won three of four.  Stay tuned.

Royals 4, Twins 3

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    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 08:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals smiles from the dugout while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 8, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    W: Blake Wood (1-0)
    L: Alex Burnett (0-1)
    S: Joakim Soria (6)

    Twins Standouts
    Danny Valencia, 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
    Jason Kubel, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Luke Hughes, 1-for-4, HR

    Royals Standouts
    Alex Gordon, 2-for-3, BB, 3B, 2B, RBI
    Wilson Betemit, 1-for-4, 2B, R
    Brayan Pena, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, R

    Recap
    The Royals rallied from two runs down to take down the Twins Friday night.  Wilson Betemit scored on an errant throw by catcher Drew Butera and Alcides Escobar hit a sac fly to plate the go-ahead run in the eighth.  Bruce Chen allowed three runs over five and two-thirds for K.C., while Scott Baker got the start for Minnesota, going six and a third and allowing two. 

    Commentary
    The Twins pitching staff was able to halt Jeff Francoeur's hitting streak at 17 games however, as he went 0-3.

Pirates 3, Rockies 0

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 29:  Starting pitcher Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on just before exiting the game agains the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning at Coors Field on April 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Correia earned the win as th
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    W: Kevin Correia (4-2)
    L: Jhoulys Chacin (3-2)
    S: Joel Hanrahan (8)

    Pirates Standouts
    Kevin Correia, 6.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO
    Garrett Jones, 2-for-4, HR
    Andrew McCutchen, 1-for-3, BB, HR
    Ronny Cedeno, 1-for-3, 3B, RBI

    Rockies Standouts
    None.

    Recap
    Kevin Correia shut down the potent Colorado offense, allowing just three hits in six and two-thirds innings, leading the Pirates to a win over the Rockies.  Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen backed Correia's performance, each tagging solo shots over the right field wall.  Jhoulys Chacin started for Colorado, and allowed three runs over seven innings.

    Commentary
    Four of Correia's six starts have been quality ones.  Two of those starts have been games on the road against potent offenses—the Rockies last night and the Reds last week.  His ERA and WHIP (2.90 and 1.09, respectively) will likely go up by the end of the season but, given how impressive he's been thus far, it's hard to predict if they'll jump significantly.

Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    W: Carlos Zambrano (3-1)
    L: Armando Galarraga (3-2)
    S: Carlos Marmol (6)

    Cubs Standouts
    Alfonso Soriano, 2-for-4, 2 HR
    Geovany Soto, 1-for-4, HR
    Darwin Barney, 1-for-4, 3B, R

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Justin Upton, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Chris Young, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B, R

    Recap
    Alfonso Soriano had two solo home runs and Geovany Soto added one of his own as the Cubs pulled out a victory over the Diamondbacks. Carlos Zambrano got the start for Chicago and allowed just two runs over six innings.  Armando Galarraga pitched seven innings for Arizona, and gave up three.  All of Arizona's offense came off of a two-run shot by Justin Upton in the first inning.

    Commentary
    Nothing's been going as well as the Cubs probably projected at the beginning of the season, so a little optimism is acceptable for Soriano's eighth and ninth home runs this season.

Athletics 3, Rangers 1

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 29: Trevor Cahill #53 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Texas Rangers during a MLB baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum April 29, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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    W: Trevor Cahill (4-0)
    L: C.J. Wilson (3-1)
    S: Brian Fuentes (7)

    Rangers Standouts
    Elvis Andrus, 2-for-4, BB, R
    Michael Young, 2-for-5, RBI

    Athletics Standouts
    Conor Jackson, 2-for-3, 2 2B, R
    Daric Barton, 1-for-4, 2 R
    Josh Willingham, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

    Recap
    Trevor Cahill continued his dominance to begin the season, pitching seven shutout innings against the formidable Texas offense.  The Rangers countered with C.J. Wilson, who pitched seven innings himself. While he allowed three runs, only one was earned due to errors by Ian Kinsler and Julio Borbon.

    Commentary
    Cahill's ERA is 1.88 for the season and has allowed more than one run only once this season.

Dodgers 3, Padres 2

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 29:   Juan Uribe #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is greeted by Rod Barajas #28 as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres on April 29, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
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    W: Ted Lilly (2-2)
    L: Clayton Richard (1-2)
    S: Jonathan Broxton (6)

    Padres Standouts
    Chase Headley, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Orlando Hudson, 1-for-3, BB, RBI, SB
    Nick Hundley, 1-for-3, BB, RBI

    Dodgers Standouts
    Jamey Carroll, 2-for-5, 2B, R
    Juan Uribe, 2-for-4, 2B, HR
    Matt Kemp, 1-for-4, HR
    Andre Ethier, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
    Aaron Miles, 3-for-4, 2B

    Recap
    The Dodgers took round one of their set with the Padres as Ted Lilly pitched six innings and allowed only one run.  Clayton Richard went five and two-thirds innings for the Friars, and allowed two runs.  Juan Uribe and Matt Kemp each had solo shots for the Dodgers.

    Commentary
    The one hit streak that remained in tact last night was Ethier's, as he tagged a double in the fifth.  I don't think he's going to break the record—not due to lack of talent, my opinion is the record's just too difficult to break—but I'm betting it lasts at least a few more games.  My prediction is 31.