Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 12, 2011 Edition

Jay PrestonContributor IIIMay 12, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Stats and MLB Recaps: May 12, 2011 Edition

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11:  Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox scores an insurance run in the tenth inning on a sacrifice fly ahead of the tag by catcher Hank Conger #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 11, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Cali
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    Welcome back to Recaps, and I would like to begin by apologizing for missing yesterday's action, as I currently have some form of death-flu.  Doctors say I should be out for six-to-eight weeks...or something like that.

    Wednesday seemed to be rally day around the league, as more than a few teams came from behind to take games that the opposition thought were well in the bag.  It also included a grand slam by Mitch Moreland that will never be recorded because he apparently angered the rain gods.

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

Tigers 9, Twins 7

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 11: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during in the first inning of their game on May 11, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    W: Joaqin Benoit (1-2)
    L: Matt Capps (1-2)
    S: Jose Valverde (8)

    Tigers Standouts
    Brandon Boesch, 1-for-3, 2 BB, 3 R
    Miguel Cabrera, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, R
    Victor Martinez, 3-for-4, BB, HR, 3 RBI
    Brandon Inge, 2-for-5, 3B, RBI, R
    Jhonny Peralta, 1-for-1, HR, 2 RBI

    Twins Standouts
    Jason Kubel, 2-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 4 RBI
    Justin Morneau, BB, 2 2B, R
    Michael Cuddyer, 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI
    Matt Tolbert, 2-for-4, 2B, R

    Recap
    The Tigers outlasted the Twins in a back-and-forth affair that saw four lead changes and blown saves by both sides.  Down 5-3 in the seventh, Jason Kubel blasted a three-run shot to give the Twins the lead.  Detroit answered back in the eighth on a Jhonny Peralta home run, and Minnesota responded in their half of the frame on an RBI-double by Matt Tolbert to tie the game.  Detroit then posted two in the ninth to seal the victory.  Phil Coke started the day for the Tigers, going five and two-thirds and allowing two runs.  Scott Baker started for the Twins, went four and one-third and gave up five.

    Commentary
    The bad news: This was one of Minnesota's best outings of the year, and they still couldn't take home a win.  The good news: Delmon Young is theoretically going to be back in the lineup on Friday.

Padres 13, Brewers 6

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Cameron Maybin #24 of the San Diego Padres runs home to score a run for a 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Ima
    Harry How/Getty Images

    W: Chad Qualls (2-2)
    L: Kameron Loe (2-4)

    Padres Standouts
    Chris Denforia, 3-for-4, 2 BB, HR, 2 R
    Jason Bartlett, 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
    Cameron Maybin, 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Ryan Ludwick, 3-for-6, HR, 3 RBI
    Alberto Gonzalez, 2-for-5, RBI, R
    Brad Hawpe, 2-for-2, RBI, 2 R

    Brewers Standouts
    Ryan Braun, 2-for-4, RBI, 2 R
    Prince Fielder, 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
    Casey McGehee, 2-for-5, RBI, R
    Yuniesky Betancourt, 1-for-3, BB, SF, HR, 2 RBI

    Recap
    The previously anemic Padres offense found their bats Wednesday, scoring 13 runs in their shellacking of the Brewers.  San Diego had seven batters with multiple hits, including four-hit outings by Jason Bartlett and Cameron Maybin.  Tim Stauffer started the day for the Padres, going five and one-third and surrendering six runs.  Randy Wolf took the mound for Milwaukee, but lasted only three and one-third while allowing five.

    Commentary
    With absolutely no regard for this season's brief history, logic or the space-time continuum which could be unalterably affected by such a disturbance, the Padres scored 13 runs on 23 hits.  Just take a minute to look at that and remember: the Padres did that.

Astros 4, Reds 3

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    HOUSTON - MAY 11:  The Houston Astros celebrate a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds after a Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros  doubles to left field scoring J.R. Towles from first base at Minute Maid Park on May 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by B
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    W: Mark Melancolon (3-1)
    L: Mike Leake (3-2)

    Reds Standouts
    Drew Stubbs, 2-for-5, HR
    Joey Votto, 2-for-4, 3B, R
    Chris Heisey, 1-for-2, HR

    Astros Standouts
    Hunter Pence, 2-for-4, BB, 2 2B, RBI
    Michael Bourn, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
    Matt Downs, 0-for-2, 2 BB, RBI, R

    Recap
    Hunter Pence hit a walk-off double to plate J.R. Towles, as the Astros avoided the sweep against Cincinnati.  The Reds led for most of the game, but down 3-1 in the seventh, Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game.  Wandy Rodriguez started for the 'Stros, lasting seven innings and giving up three.  Edinson Volquez pitched four innings, allowing three.

    Commentary
    This is an opportune time to mention that Hunter Pence has a 15-game hitting streak, during which time he has gone 22-for-62 with two home runs and 14 RBI.

Athletics vs Rangers: POSTPONED

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    FRISCO, TX - MAY 1: Soccer fans brave a cold rain during a soccer match between FC Dallas and the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second half at Pizza Hut Park on May 1, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. The game was stopped midway through the second half due to severe we
    Brandon Wade/Getty Images

    The game was delayed by rain and will be made up later in the season on a date yet to be announced.

    This game actually went about three and a half innings before the rain washed it away.  Because the game did not last four and a half innings, rules dictate that the game must be started anew and therefore all stats that had been accumulated are lost forever.  This was bad news for Matt Harrison, who pitched four scoreless innings against Oakland to that point.  Even worse news for Mitch Moreland, who nailed a grand slam.

Mets vs Rockies: POSTPONED

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 10:  The statue of 'The Player' is dusted with snow outside the stadium as Game 3 of the National League Division series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field has been postponed due to inclement weather
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    This game was cancelled before it ever got started, as Colorado was hit with rain, hail and snow.  If weather permits, the game will be made up on Thursday, May 12th.

    (Sidebar as a Colorado resident: Getting hit by snow in mid-May is fun.  You should come live here.  Really.)

Royals 4, Yankees 3, F/11

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    SURPISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Eric Hosmer #40 of the Kansas City Royals bats during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
    Rob Tringali/Getty Images

    W: Joakim Soria (3-0)
    L: Buddy Carlyle (0-1)
    S: Louis Coleman (1)

    Royals Standouts
    Melky Cabrera, 0-for-3, 3 BB, R, SB
    Eric Hosmer, 1-for-4, SF, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Wilson Betemit, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI

    Yankees Standouts
    Curtis Granderson, 2-for-5, BB, HR, 2 RBI, SB
    Jorge Posada, 2-for-3, 2 BB, RBI

    Recap
    The Royals kept battling and battling throughout their extra-inning affair with the Yankees, and were rewarded with a victory.  Down a run in the eighth, Wilson Betemit tagged an RBI-single to bring Melky Cabrera home and send the game into extras.  Jeff Francoeur doubled in the top of the 10th to score Eric Hosmer, but New York responded when Curtis Granderson singled to plate Russell Martin in the bottom half.  The Royals put the game away in the eleventh with a sac fly by Hosmer to score Chris Getz.

    Commentary
    Proof alone that Eric Hosmer's career should take off quickly: How many people have their first career home run in New York against the Yankees?  Congratulations on your bragging rights, kid.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Orlando Hudson #1 of the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    W: Hiroki Kuroda (4-3)
    L: Paul Maholm (1-5)
    S: Vicente Padilla (3)

    Dodgers Standouts
    Jerry Sands, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
    Matt Kemp, 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

    Pirates Standouts
    None

    Recap
    Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings, holding off the Pirates en route to a Dodgers victory.  Paul Maholm started for Pittsburgh, going six innings and giving up two.  This was Maholm's fifth quality start, of which the Pirates have amassed only one win.

    Commentary
    Kuroda has had six quality starts this year and has never gone less than five innings in any of his outings.  His BAA and WHIP aren't ace-like (.252 and 1.20), but they're certainly nothing to complain about.  Neither is his 3.21 ERA.

Orioles 4, Mariners 2

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 28:  Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles at the plate against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Rob Carr/Getty Images

    W: Chris Tillman (2-3)
    L: Felix Hernandez (4-3)
    S: Kevin Gregg (7)

    Mariners Standouts
    Michael Saunders, 1-for-3, BB, HR

    Orioles Standouts
    Adam Jones, 4-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
    Derrek Lee, 1-for-3, SF, RBI, R

    Recap
    Adam Jones' perfect 4-for-4 day helped lead the Orioles to their second consecutive win against the Mariners.  Up 2-1 in the fifth, Jones launched  a triple to the gap in right-center, scoring Luke Scott and Vlad Guerrero to put the game out of reach.  Chris Tillman pitched six innings for Baltimore, allowing only one run.  Felix Hernandez wasn't quite as sharp, giving up four runs over five innings.

    Commentary
    What's somewhat amusing about Jones' four-hit day is the number of pitches he saw in order to accumulate that total—eight.  Usually when batters have great hitting days, they bleed out pitch counts with almost infinite patience, waiting for the right pitch.  Not Jones.  Eight pitches, four hits.  Apparently, he didn't see the need to waste the pitchers' time.

Rays 8, Indians 2

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 11:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against  the Cleveland Indians during the game on May 11, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    W: David Price (5-3)
    L: Carlos Carrasco (1-2)

    Rays Standouts
    Sam Fuld, 3-for-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
    Ben Zobrist, 1-for-2, 2 BB, SF, HR, 2 RBI
    Matt Joyce, 2-for-5, HR, 2 R
    B.J. Upton, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

    Indians Standouts
    Matt LaPorta, 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R

    Recap
    The Indians finally lost a home game, due to a mix of good opposing pitching and 11 hits by the Rays.  David Price got the start for Tamps, going eight innings and giving up two runs while striking out seven.  Carlos Carrasco was beat up in his first start back from the DL, pitching five innings and allowing four.

    Commentary
    Cleveland's home winning streak had to end eventually, and they shouldn't be the least bit upset given that their 14-3 record at Progressive Field is far better than any other team's home record (next best is Kansas City, at 15-8).

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 3

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08:  Rajai Davis #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    W: Jesse Litsch (4-2)
    L: John Lackey (2-5)

    Red Sox Standouts
    Adrian Gonzalez, 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R
    David Ortiz, 1-for-4, HR

    Blue Jays Standouts
    Rajai Davis, 4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
    John McDonald, 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
    Corey Patterson, 2-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI, R, SB
    Yunel Escobar, 1-for-3, BB, SF, RBI, R

    Recap
    John Lackey continued to struggle as the Blue Jays lit up the Red Sox for their second straight win.  Lackey pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up all nine of Toronto's runs.  Jesse Litsch started for the Jays, allowing three over five and two-thirds.

    Commentary
    More than half of Lackey's starts this season have involved giving up six runs or more.

Phillies 5, Marlins 3

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 10:  Pete Orr #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on May 10, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    W: Kyle Kendrick (3-2)
    L: Leo Nunez (0-1)
    S: Ryan Madsen (5)

    Phillies Standouts
    Pete Orr, 2-for-2, 2 2B, RBI, R
    Shane Victorino, 1-for-5, HR

    Marlins Standouts
    Hanley Ramirez, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

    Recap
    The Phillies never said die, and the philosophy paid dividends, leading them to a surprising victory over the Marlins.  Down 3-0, the Phils scored two in the seventh and tied the game on a Shane Victorino home run in the eighth.  Jimmy Rollins drove in Dane Sardinha and Pete Orr in the ninth to cap the rally, and Ryan Madsen closed out the game to complete the win.  The late rally wasted the decent start of Ricky Nolasco for Florida, as he pitched six and one-third, giving up two runs (only one earned).  Cliff Lee started for Philly, and surrendered three over six innings.

    Commentary
    This was Gaby Sanchez's sixth multi-hit outing in the past 10 games.  During that time, his average has skyrocketed 47 points (.289 to .336), he has hit three home runs and driven in 13 runs.

Nationals 7, Braves 3, F/11

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Laynce Nix #19 of the Washington Nationals leads off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    W: Drew Storen (3-1)
    L: Scott Linebrink (0-1)

    Nationals Standouts
    Alex Cora, 2-for-2, 2 RBI, R
    Ian Desmond, 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB
    Jayson Werth, 2-for-5, BB, HR, 2 RBI, SB
    Laynce Nix, 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
    Wilson Ramos, 1-for-5, BB, 2B, R

    Braves Standouts
    Brian McCann, 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
    Eric Hinske, 1-for-3, HR

    Recap
    With the Nationals down 3-1 in the top of the ninth, Alex Cora knocked a two-run single to plate Laynce Nix and Jerry Hairston, tying the game.  From there, Washington put up four runs on an Ian Desmond double and a Jayson Werth four-bagger in the 11th to complete the rally. This spoiled the decent outing by Tommy Hanson, who went five and two-thirds innings for the Braves, giving up just one run.  John Lannan got the start for the Nats, pitching six innings and conceding two.

    Commentary
    Washington really should change it's name to the Nationyls—to coincide with Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth—and try to find as many other players with unnecessary y's in their names.  I'm betting you could also get Ramos to change his first name to Wilsyn.

Cubs 11, Cardinals 4

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs takes a swing against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Padres 2-1 in 11 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    W: Matt Garza (2-4)
    L: Jake Westbrook (2-3)

    Cardinals Standouts
    Nick Punto, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
    Albert Pujols, 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

    Cubs Standouts
    Starlin Castro, 4-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 R
    Kosuke Fukudome, 2-for-4, 2B, R
    Aramis Ramirez, 2-for-3, RBI, R
    Carlos Pena, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    Alfonso Soriano, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R
    Koyie Hill, 2-for-4, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, R

    Recap
    The Cubs rode a six-run third inning to a victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.  Starlin Castro led the way, hitting a perfect four hits in as many at-bats, driving in three and scoring three.  Matt Garza kept St. Louis in check, pitching five innings, and allowing only one run on three hits.  Jake Westbrook was hit hard and early, getting knocked out of the game after just two and a third, giving up five.

    Commentary
    Before the series with St. Louis started, Castro was on a dismal 2-for-25 streak.  In the past two games, he's gone 6-for-8 with 4 RBI.

White Sox 6, Angels 4, F/10

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox hits a double in the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 11, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The White Sox won 6-4 in ten innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dun
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    W: Sergio Santos (2-0)
    L: Kevin Jepsen (0-2)
    S: Matt Thornton (1)

    White Sox Standouts
    Adam Dunn, 4-for-5, BB, HR, 2B, 3 R
    A.J. Pierzynski, 4-for-6, 2B, RBI
    Paul Konerko, 1-for-4, 2 BB, SB
    Omar Vizquel, 1-for-1, SF, 2B, 2 RBI

    Angels Standouts
    Torii Hunter, 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI
    Erick Aybar, 2-for-5, RBI, R, SB

    Recap
    The White Sox had a rally of their own Wednesday night, overcoming a three-run deficit to beat the Angels.  Down 4-2 in the ninth, A.J. Pierzynski singled to score Adam Dunn and Omar Vizquel followed with a sac fly to plate Brad Lillibridge.  Lillibridge had a sac of his own in the 10th to score Dunn, and Alexei Ramirez scored on a wild pitch to put the game away.  This spoiled Tyle Chatwood's respectable six and one-third outing, in which he gave up a mere run.  Jake Peavy made his first start of the year for Chicago, pitched six innings and allowed four.

    Commentary
    Peavy was aggressively mediocre in his first appearance back on the mound, which is about as much as Sox fans should be asking for after a near year-long absence.  He showed lots of composure, consistently working out of jams and pitching well despite the erratic defense behind him.  But you can only say a pitcher was so good when he gives up four runs.  This is certainly something to build on though, and along with Adam Dunn's bat waking up, this game should give White Sox fans lots of optimism moving forward.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 11:  Miguel Tejada #10 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants after he scored the go ahead run in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park on May 11, 2011 i
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    W: Jonathan Sanchez (3-2)
    L: Armando Galarraga (3-3)
    S: Brian Wilson (12)

    Diamondbacks Standouts
    Henry Blanco, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    Kelly Johnson, 2-for-5, 2B, R, SB
    Gerard Parra, 1-for-3, BB, R, SB

    Giants Standouts
    Miguel Tejada, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
    Aubrey Huff, 1-for-4, HR
    Andres Torres, 2-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI

    Recap
    The Giants took their second straight one-run victory from the visiting Diamondbacks.  Arizona led 3-0 in the fourth until the Giants put together a string of good at-bats, scoring two runs on three singles and three walks.  Aubrey Huff tied the game in the next inning with a home run, and Frisco took the lead on an RBI-double by Andres Torres in the sixth.  Jonathan Sanchez pitched six innings for the Giants in the win, giving up three runs.  Armando Galarraga for the start for the D-Backs, pitching five and one-third and giving up four.

    Commentary
    The Giants finally look like last year's world champs again, having won seven of their last eight.