Welcome again to Recaps, giving you all the noise on who had the best performances around the diamond. Yesterday featured a few beatdowns, a few decent pitching performances, and even a couple of extra-inning affairs for those willing to stay up late.
As usual, road team standouts are listed first, followed by home team standouts.
W: Homer Bailey (1-0)
L: Brett Myers (1-2)
Hunter Pence, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, SB
Jason Bourgeois, 1-for-2, BB, RBI, R, 2 SB
Jay Bruce, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 R
Ryan Hanigan, 3-for-4, 3 RBI, R
Fred Lewis, 1-for-1, HR
Edgar Renteria, 2-for-5, 2 RBI
Chris Heisey, 1-for-3, BB, SF, RBI, R, SB
Jonny Gomes, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, R
Paul Janish, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R
The Reds repayed the 10-4 shellacking they received at the hands of the Astros Tuesday night, to finish their set winning two out of three. Homer Bailey got the nod for Cincy, going six innings and allowing just one run. Brett Myers was the victim of the Reds' rage, lasting five and two-thirds while giving up six.
Joey Votto has now reached base safely in 47 consecutive starts dating back to last season. He's gotta be coming up on some kinda record soon, right?
W: Rick Porcello (2-2)
L: A.J. Burnett (4-2)
Eric Chavez, 1-for-2, 3B, RBI
Alex Rodriguez, 2-for-2, 2 R
Brandon Boesch, 2-for-3, SF, HR, 3 RBI
Three errors by the Yankees allowed the Tigers to take their second of three from New York. The errors led to three unearned runs and A.J. Burnett's second loss of the season. Burnett went seven innings, with only two of the three runs allowed being earned, and giving up only three hits—none of those hits coming before the sixth inning. Rick Porcello started for Detroit, pitched seven and gave up two.
Eric Chavez broke a bone in his foot and had to leave the game. He'll be out for at least 15 days, as he was placed on the disabled list almost immediately after the game.
W: Mike Pelfrey (2-3)
L:: Jonathan Sanchez (2-2)
S: Francisco Rodriguez (7)
Mike Fontenot, 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR
Carlos Beltran, 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Jason Bay, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, R
Jose Reyes, 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
David Wright, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB
The Mets salvaged the final game of their set against the Giants. Mike Pelfrey didn't allow a hit until Mike Fontenot's home run, and ended the day after seven and two-thirds, giving up two (although only the home run was earned). Jonathan Sanchez had a day of fives, pitching five innings, allowing five runs on five hits, and driving in a run on a single in the fifth.
The Giants offense has struggled so far this season and have the numbers to prove it. They're 27th in the league in runs scored (110), 25th in batting average (.236), and 24th in slugging percentage (.362). This will likely continue as their leading home run hitter—the injured Pablo Sandoval won't be back in the lineup for four to six weeks.
W: David Price (4-3)
L: Kyle Drabek (2-2)
Blue Jays Standouts
David Price, 8.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 R, 4 H, 10 K
John Jaso, 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI, R
Johnny Damon, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Matt Joyce, 1-for-3, SF, RBI
David Price fell just short of a complete game, totally dominating the Blue Jays as the Rays took their second of three games against Toronto. Kyle Drabek got the start for the Jays, went five and two-thirds and allowed three runs. Toronto's only run came in the ninth because of a Sean Rodriguez error that put John McDonald on second base in the ninth; McDonald scored two batters later on a groundout.
David Price has been a consistent source of hope for the Rays, despite the fact that the season didn't start off the way it was supposed to (Manny Ramirez's positive steroid test that led to his retirement; Evan Longoria's injury). While Price has had a couple of shaky starts, he remains the team's ace and I fully expect his ERA to drop from the already acceptable 3.26 which it currently stands.
W: Joel Pineiro (1-0)
L: John Lackey (2-4)
Erick Aybar, 4-for-6, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
Howie Kendrick, 3-for-6, 2 RBI, R, SB
Bobby Abreu, 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI
Mark Trumbo, 1-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI
Alberto Callaspo, 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Peter Bourjos, 3-for-4, 2B, 4 R
Torii Hunter, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R
Red Sox Standouts
David Ortiz, 3-for-3, BB
Joel Pineiro and the Angels' bullpen worked a shutout of the Red Sox on Thursday, earning a split in their four-game set. John Lackey was roughed up, pitching just four innings but surrendering eight runs. Pineiro worked five and two-thirds without giving up a run before turning it over to the 'pen to finish it off.
Two things: first, I've been struggling with whether to call the Angels "Anaheim" or "Los Angeles" or "Southern California" or "that @#$@#@$ team that blacks out games for no apparent reason," because I'm not sure what title places them correctly. Obviously, the decision to call the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is one of the most underrated stupid decisions in the history of sports, but that's a discussion for another time and another place. Therefore, from this point forward, I will be calling them the 714s, for the equally stupid area code in which their stadium is located (seriously, what a dumb-looking number).
Second, the 714s took sole possession of the AL West and are now 18-14 on the year. This has occurred because the Angels are sporting a 12-7 road record and lots of contributions across the board. While mainstays like Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu are having below average starts, they're still creating offense at opportune times and seem to have a different guy step up every game (well, everyone except Vernon Wells, but I'm certain even the 714 fans already realize what a big mistake that was).
And to think, if they had just picked up Carl Crawford like they were supposed to, the 714s would probably have the best record in baseball.
W: Jason Motte (1-0)
L: Josh Johnson (3-1)
S: Eduardo Sanchez (3)
John Buck, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
Omar Infante, 2-for-3, 2 RBI
Colby Rasmus, 2-for-3, BB, 3 R
Matt Holliday, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R
Lance Berkman, 1-for-2, BB, SF, HR, 3 RBI
Albert Pujols, 3-for-3, BB, R
The heart of the Cardinals order carried them to a victory, earning a split with the Marlins in the finale of their four-game series. The Cards tagged Josh Johnson for five runs over seven and a third innings. Jake Westbrook got the start for St. Louis, went six and a third and gave up three runs while striking out eight.
Good series for both teams. All four games were close and competitive, with the winning run in each game being scored no earlier than the bottom of the seventh. The Marlins have the better record, but still have to prove that their current second-place record in the NL East isn't a fluke. The Cardinals have star players, but have both a starting rotation and an infield I'm not completely sold on. But both are highly talented teams. Walking away with a split should satisfy both sides of the notion they're heading in the right direction.
W: Bruce Chen (4-1)
L: Chris Tillman (1-3)
Nick Markakis, 2-for-4, R
Melky Cabrera, 3-for-4, BB, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R
Chris Getz, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB
Wilson Betemit, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Alcides Escobar, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
Alex Gordon, 1-for-5, RBI, R
Mike Aviles, 2-for-3, RBI, SB
Melky Cabrera was one triple short of his second career cycle while driving in four in the Royals clubbing of the Orioles. Bruce Chen continued his inexplicably impressive start to the season, going seven innings and allowing just one run. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman lasted all of three and two-thirds innings after being hit for eight runs.
Bruce Chen has a 3.59 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, a .261 BAA and is 4-1. Clayton Richard—Padres' starter—has a 3.55 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .243 BAA… And is 1-3. Life is funny sometimes.
W: Chad Durbin (2-1)
L: Craig Breslow (0-2)
S: Chris Perez (9)
Lou Marson, 3-for-5, 3B, RBI, R
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2-for-5, 2 RBI
Jack Hannahan, 1-for-5, RBI, R
Ryan Sweeney, 5-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI
Conor Jackson, 3-for-5, BB, 2B
Daric Barton, 1-for-5, BB, RBI, R
The Indians scored two runs off three hits and a walk in the 12th to put the game out of reach and defeat the Athletics. The A's nearly came back, scoring one of their own in the bottom half of the frame, but stranded the tying run on third as Hideki Matsui popped out to end the game. On most nights, this would've been considered a complete game for Brett Anderson, as he pitched nine innings, allowing two runs. Cleveland countered with Jeanmar Gomez, who pitched five and a third, giving up one.
Chris Perez is steadily becoming one of baseball's more reliable closers, working out of trouble in last night's game and going nine for 10 in save opportunities this season. He had 23 saves for the Tribe last year, and should easily break that mark if he stays consistent.
W: Roy Halladay (5-1)
L: John Lannan (2-4)
Jayson Werth, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R
Adam LaRoche, 2-for-4, 2B, R
Danny Espinosa, 1-for-4, 2B, R
Raul Ibanez, 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Shane Victorino, 1-for-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI, SB
John Mayberry Jr, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
Jimmy Rollins, 2-for-5, R, SB
Placido Polanco, 2-for-5, R
Raul Ibanez once again led the way for Philadelphia, hitting a home run and driving in three as the Phillies swept the Nationals in almost effortless fashion. Roy Halladay pitched seven innings and gave up two runs to earn his fifth win. John Lannan got as many outs as he allowed runs—six. The Nationals never led during this three-game series.
Raul Ibanez has gone a ridiculous 8 for 12 over his last three games with three doubles, two home runs, and five runs batted in. Before this recent hot streak, he was batting .154 for the season. Ibanez is a lifetime .282 hitter—expect this to be the beginning of his push to bring his numbers back to where they're supposed to be.
W: Jonny Venters (2-0)
L: Kameron Loe (2-3)
S: Craig Kimbrel (7)
Jon Lucroy, 1-for-2, SF, RBI
Eric Hinske, 2-for-4, HR
Chipper Jones, 2-for-4, 2 2B
Martin Prado, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
With the game knotted at one apiece in the bottom of the eighth, Martin Prado belted a solo shot over the left field wall to give the Braves a four-game sweep over the Brewers. Brandon Beachy started the day for Atlanta and allowed just one unearned run through six innings. Shaun Marcum pitched seven innings for the Milwaukee, giving up one run and striking out eight.
The Brewers' six-game slide has a very simple explanation: lack of runs. During the losing streak, the Brewers have scored exactly seven times while allowing 31. To the shock of absolutely no one, this coincides with Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun's respective averages dropping 40 and 34 points. The fatal flaw of Milwaukee is too heavy a reliance on their 3-4 hitters and, during their dual slumps, it's started to show.
W: David Hernandez (2-0)
L: Matt Belisle (2-2)
Dexter Fowler, 3-for-4, 3B
Seth Smith, 1-for-5, BB, 2B
Jose Morales, 1-for-3, SF, 2 RBI
Todd Helton, 1-for-5, 2B, R
Chris Young, 3-for-6, HR, 2 2B, 2 R
Gerald Parra, 2-for-5, HR
Justin Upton, 1-for-5, BB, RBI
Justin Upton hit a walk-off single in the 11th to score Chris Young and give the Diamondbacks their second win against Colorado in three nights. Huston Street had his first blown save of the year, giving up two home runs in the ninth to Gerald Parra and Chris Young. This ruined the start of Jason Hammel, who pitched an impressive seven innings of shutout ball. Ian Kennedy started the day for Arizona, going six innings and giving up two.
Troy Tulowitzki has cooled off big time recently, with exactly one hit in his last 27 at-bats. This has dropped his batting average over 50 points as well as his on-base percentage. His slugging percentage has taken the biggest hit, dropping over 100 points over the five-game slide. Obviously, this isn't going to last forever. I only bring it up because it means he's due and Mount Tulo' should be expected to erupt within the next few games.
W: Jason Vargas (2-2)
L: Colby Lewis (2-4)
S: Brandon League (9)
Ian Kinsler, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Justin Smoak, 3-for-4, HR, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, 2-for-4, RBI
Luis Rodriguez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Brendan Ryan, 1-for-3, 2B, R
The Mariners finished off their series with the Rangers by taking two from the reigning American League champs. Jason Vargas pitched seven and two-thirds innings, conceding just one run. Colby Lewis got the start for Texas, pitched eight innings and gave up three while striking out a season-high 11.
Justin Smoak has hit safely in 20 of the 26 games he's played this season and is currently sporting a .315 BA, 5 HR, 20 RBI and a .983 OPS. The Mariners weren't supposed to be competitive this year but, on the backs of Smoak and Ichiro, they've won seven of their last nine and are just three games behind the first place Angels.