Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mother Nature Loves Double Headers

Last week the Mets vs Twins game in Minnesota was snowed out. The very next day the Mets vs Rockies game in Colorado was snowed out. Two days later, the Mets vs Rockies game in Colorado was once again snowed out.

Now as we get closer to May we should be seeing beautiful weather as our favorite teams take the field but this crazy weather is not allowing that to happen. Once again games in Minnesota and Colorado were snowed out Monday night and they'll be made up on Tuesday as a day/night double header.

We have the Marlins vs Twins and Braves vs Rockies in those double headers. If your playing in any daily fantasy games then make sure you pick up guys like Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Giancarlo Stanton, etc.

Phillies 3 Pirates 2
We got our first look at Jonathan Pettibone for the Phillies and he pitched fairly well even though he did not get the win. Still, he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6 and walking none. The 2 runs came off solo home runs.

The Phillies scored their first 2 runs on a wild pitch and then A.J. Burnett hit Jimmy Rollins with the bases loaded.

Rollins had the game winning hit with a RBI single in the 6th.

Burnett only went 5 innings throwing 101 pitches allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs and struck out 7. He was wild at times and that really cost him in this game.

Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin hit the solo home runs for the Pirates.

Indians 3 White Sox 2

Justin Masterson picked up his 4th win of the year as he went 7 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks and 2 runs. He struck out 5 and his ERA is now at 1.85.

Lonnie Chisenhall got the Indians on the board in the 2nd with an RBI double and then Asdrubal drove in 2 runs on a double, which turned out to be the game winning hit in the 8th.

Dylan Axelrod pitched well enough to win in this game, allowing 1 run on 3 hits in 6 innings but Matt Thornton allowed 2 runs in the 8th which cost Axelrod and the White Sox the win.

Conor Gillaspie hit a solo home run in the 2nd to tie the game at 1 and Hector Gimenez gave the White Sox the lead with an RBI double in the 4th. However the team failed the score the final 5 innings of the game.

Orioles 2 Blue Jays 1

Chris Tillman allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings but did factor in the team's win. Jim Johnson pitched the 9th inning and picked up the run.

This game was scoreless as they headed into the 6th inning before Chris Davis hit a sac fly to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Colby Rasmus tied the game up at 1 after he singled home Edwin Encarnacion.

The Orioles won the game when Nick Markakis hit a single that scored Chris Davis, giving the Orioles a walk off win in the bottom of the 9th.

J.A. Happ allowed 1 run over 6 innings and did not get a decision.

Rays 5 Yankees 1

Matt Moore is turning into one of the best pitchers in the MLB as he now improves to 4-0 after allowing just 2 hits, 1 run and striking out 9 over 8 innings. His ERA is at 1.04.

The Rays jumped all over CC Sabathia in the 1st inning as they scored 4 runs. Ryan Roberts hit a solo home run, Sean Rodriguez hit a triple that scored Evan Longoria, and Yunel Escobar hit a 2-run home run. Roberts made it 5-0 after hitting his second solo shot of the game in the 3rd.

Sabathia allowed 5 runs including the 3 home runs over 7 innings while striking out 8.

Robinson Cano hit a solo home run in the 4th providing the only offense for the Yankees.

Red Sox 9 Athletics 6

Felix Doubront picked up his 2nd win of the year as he struck out 8 over 6 2/3 innings. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits but walked 5.

Andrew Bailey picked up his 4th save.

Mike Napoli had a monster game with a RBI double in the 2nd and then a grand slam in the 5th, finishing the game 2-4 with 2 runs and 5 RBI.

Will Middlebrooks hit his 5th home run of the year, it was a 3-run blast in the 4th.

A.J. Griffin got roughed up in his 4 innings of work giving up 8 hits, 1 walk, 9 runs, 7 earned runs.

The Athletics bullpen did a good job allowing 1 hit over the final 4 innings, allowing the team a chance to get back into the game.

In the 8th inning the A's cut the Red Sox lead from 9-3 to 9-6 after Josh Donaldson hit a 2-run double and then Josh Reddick doubled Donaldson in. But that's as close as they got.

Donaldson hit 2 doubles, drove in 2 runs, scored 2 runs and picked up a walk.

Mariners 7 Astros 1

Shutting the Astros out through 6 innings, Felix Hernandez picked up his 2nd win of the year as he struck out 9, allowing just 5 hits.

Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero, and Kendrys Morales provided the offense for the Mariners as they all hit home runs.

All the damage come off of Astros starter Brad Peacock who gave up 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Rick Ankiel broke the shutout with a solo home run in the 7th inning.

Reds 5 Cubs 4 (13 Innings)

Mike Leake started this one for the Reds as he went 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5.

The Reds bullpen went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, and struck out 11. Alfredo Simon allowed both runs (1 earned).

The team only had 9 hits in those 13 innings, and only Jay Bruce and Devin Mesoraco were the only ones with more than 1 hit. For Bruce he hit his 1st home run of the year and he also doubled while driving in 3.

Jack Hannahan had a pinch hit, game tying RBI triple in the 7th.

Jay Bruce hit a solo shot in the 7th and and a game tying 2-run double in the 13th.

Cesar Izturis who came in the game in the 11th inning had the walk off RBI single in the 13th.

Travis Wood threw the first 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.

The Cubs bullpen went 6 1/3 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs while striking out 4.

Most of the damage was off of Michael Bowden who allowed 3 runs on 4 hits. He pitched the 13th after he was given a 2-run lead when Luis Valbuena hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 13th.

David DeJesus gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead WAY back in the 1st inning. He went 2-5 with 2 walks, and a stolen base.

Starlin Castro gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a RBI single in the 3rd.

Nate Schierholtz had 3 singles.

Cardinals 3 Nationals 2

Shelby Miller continues to impress as he now improves to 3-1 with an ERA of 2.16 after throwing 6 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs and striking out 8. Edward Mujica picked up the save.

Allen Craig got the Cards on the board with a 2-run double in the 3rd and Yadier Molina had the game winning hit with an RBI single in the 6th.

Dan Haren falls to 1-3 as he allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings.

The Nationals tied the game up at 2 in the 4th inning as Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon hit back to back RBI doubles.

Brewers 7 Padres 1

Picking up his 1st win for the Brewers was Kyle Lohse who went 5 innings allowing 5 hits, 1 run and struck out 4. The bullpen was solid going 4 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs and striking out 6.

Setting the tone early was Ryan Braun who blasted a 2-run homer and Yuniesky Betancourt who hit a 3-run homer, allowing the Brewers to go up 5-0 before the Padres even got up to bat.

In the 5th inning Braun added a RBI single to make it 6-0 and the Brewers had a 6-0 lead after Rickie Weeks scored on a wild pitch.

Jason Marquis let his team down early as he allowed the 2 homers and 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning. He lasted 4 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 4 hits and 7 runs.

Quieting the Brewers bats was Anthony Bass as he gave up 1 hit and 0 walks in 3 1/3 innings. He also had a RBI ground out, scoring the Padres only run.

Giants 5 Diamondbacks 4

Ryan Vogelsong allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 and giving up 2 home runs. Sergio Romo picked up the win as he recorded the final in the top of the 9th inning.

Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, and Andres Torres all had 2 hits.

Sandoval and Posey hit back to back RBI doubles in the 1st and then Posey hit a game tying 2-run homer in the 8th.

Off the bench, Brandon Belt hit a game winning, walk off single in the 9th off of Tony Sipp.

Wade Miley allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7. Not only did he pitch well he also hit a solo home run in the 5th inning.

David Hernandez blew the game for Miley as he allowed the 2-run homer to Posey.

In the top of the 1st, Cody Ross gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead with 2-run single.

Miley and Chavez hit home runs in the 5th and 6th inning giving the D'Backs a 4-2 lead but the bullpen blew it for Arizona.

Rangers 7 Angels 6

Derek Holland was awful for the Rangers as he allowed 6 hits, 4 walks and 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings. The bullpen shut down the Angels offense the final 3 1/3 innings.

Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland each had 3 hits for the Rangers. One of Moreland's hits was a game tying RBI double in the 6th.

A.J. Pierzynski had a RBI single in the 7th and a game winning solo home run in the 9th.

For the Angels Joe Blanton allowed 12 hits and 4 runs through 6 innings, striking out nobody. Despite not pitching well, Blaton left the game up 6-3.

Unfortunately Blanton did not get the win because the Angels bullpen blew it. Michael Roth, Dane De La Rosa and Ernesto Frieri each allowed a run in relief.

Because of his struggles, Josh Hamilton was moved to the 5th spot in the lineup and apparently it was a good move. Hamilton went 4-4 with 2 runs scored.

Howie Kendrick went 2-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Those 2 RBI came on a double in the 4th.

Added 2 RBI a piece for the Angels were Chris Ianetta and Luis Jimenez.

Shockingly the Angels are now 7-11.




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