Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mark Ellis Powers Dodgers to Victory. Wait, What?

Yes, that's right, 35 year old Mark Ellis and his 2 home run performance led the Dodgers to a win on the road against the New York Mets. Ellis reached two milestones in the game as he hit his 100th home run of his career and drove in his 500th RBI. Ellis who is the Dodgers second basemen is now hitting .348 on the year and has his first 2 home runs.

Does your second baseman have Mark Ellis power?
Dodgers 7 Mets 2

Despite only getting 5 innings out of Clayton Kershaw the Dodgers were able to keep the Mets limited to only 4 hits. In his 5 innings of work, Kershaw allowed 3 hits, 4 walks, 2 runs and struck out 5. His 111 pitches is what made his outing so short. The Dodgers bullpen allowed 1 hit and 0 walks the remaining 4 innings.

Ellis, who went 4-5, was the hero for the Dodgers as he hit a solo home run in the 5th to tie the game up at 2, and then he hit a 3-run home run in the 7th to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. A.J. Ellis added a 2-run double in the 8th to put the game out of reach.

Justin Sellers added 3 hits as he scored and drove in a run.

The Mets had reason to worry as Jonathon Niese was taken out of the game in the 3rd inning after being hit in the leg with a come backer. X-Rays came back negative and he was diagnosed with a leg contusion  No word on whether or not he'll be forced to miss his next start.

Once again the Mets bullpen let them down as Robert Carson gave up the game tying home run to Ellis, Brandon Lyon gave up the go ahead 3-run home run to Ellis and Josh Edgin allowed another 2 runs to score.

Daniel Muprhy had 2 of the Mets 4 hits and drove in a run.

Braves 4 Rockies 3 (Game 1) / Braves 10 Rockies 2 (Game 2)

The Braves used their power to sweep the day/night double header from the Rockies in Colorado.

In game 1 the Braves scored all 4 of their runs off home runs. Justin Upton, Evan Gattis hit solo home runs and Dan Uggla blasted a 2-run bomb.

B.J. Upton went 0-5 with 3 strike outs.

Mike Minor picked up his 3rd win of the year allowing 3 runs over 6 innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his 8th save as his ERA sits at 0.

Jeff Francis was tagged with the loss after giving up all 3 home runs. He only lasted 4 innings.

Josh Rutledge, Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco all had a RBI for the Rockies. The team had 2 hits from the 5th inning on.

In game 2, it was more of the same as the Braves offense exploded for 10 runs. Juan Francisco doubled, homered and drove in 3. B.J. Upton and Justin Upton hit back to back home runs in the 5th and they both drove in 2 for the game.

Another great performance from an Atlanta starting pitcher as Julio Teheran went 7 innings allowing 1 run.

Jon Garland just like Francis was tagged with the loss as he also gave up 3 long balls in the game. He went 6 innings allowing 10 hits and 6 runs.

Eric Young Jr. had 3 hits with a stolen base, a run scored and a RBI. Dexter Fowler went 4-9 with a run scored and a stolen base in the double header. Troy Tulowitzki was held hitless over 2 games, going 0-7.

Twins 4 Marlins 3 (Game 1) / Marlins 8 Twins 5 (Game 2)

Kevin Correia got the Twins off to a good start for their double header as he picked up his 2nd win in game 1, going 7 innings allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs. Glen Perkins picked up his 6th save, striking out the side in the 9th.

Trailing 2-1 in the 4th, Oswaldo Arcia hit a go ahead 3-run home run off of rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez. This was Arcia's first career home run. Brian Dozer went 3-4 with a triple, run scored and stolen base in the lead off spot for the Twins.

Rookie Jose Fernandez went 5 innings allowing 4 runs as he falls to 0-2. Ryan Webb threw 3 shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Joe Mahoney went 2-3 with a 2-run single for the Marlins.

In game 2, the Marlins bats came alive off of Mike Pelfrey who went 4 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 5 runs.

Catcher Rob Brantly went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Giancarlo Stanton went 2-4 with a walk, a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. He now has 3 RBI on the season.

The 7, 8, 9 hitters (Chris Valaika, Joe Mahoney and Donovan Solano) for the Marlins went 6-13.

Ricky Nolasco went 5 innings as he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) to pick up his 1st win of the year.

For the Twins Eduardo Escobar went 3-3 with a triple and 2 runs scored. He is now hitting .480 on the year in 25 at-bats.

Astros 3 Mariners 2

Bud Norris picked up his 3rd win of the year as he went 5 innings allowing just 1 run.

There was not much offense in this one but it was Marwin Gonzalez for the Astros who hit a solo home run in the 3rd to give Houston a 2-1 lead. They eventually loaded the bases in the inning and scored a run when Justin Maxwell was hit by a pitch. Maxwell was taken out of the game and it was reported that he suffered a fractured hand on the play and will be placed on the DL.

Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 1st loss of the year as he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings but he did strike out 11.

Kendrys Morales went 2-3 with a walk and a solo home run. Michael Morse and Justin Smoak added 2 hits a piece.

Yankees 4 Rays 3

Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and went 7 strong innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs and struck out out 6. However he did not factor in the win. David Robertson picked up the win in relief and Mariano Rivera picked up his 6th save of the year.

Vernon Wells got the Yankees going with a RBI single in the 4th, and then in the 8th inning Brett Gardner had a RBI ground out to tie the game at 2. In the 9th it was Ichiro Suzuki who hit a bases loaded single to break the tie and giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

David Price suffered the loss as he went 8 innings giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and striking out 5. They kept Price in to start the 9th to face Cano who singled. Fernando Rodney came in out of the bullpen and loaded the bases, giving up the game winning hit to Ichiro. Since Cano came around to score, Price was given the loss. He is now 0-2 on the year, still trying to get that first win.

Ben Zobrist got the Rays on the board in the 1st with a sac fly, and then Jose Molina delivered a RBI single in the 7th giving the Rays a 2-1 lead. After falling behind 4-2 going to the bottom of the 9th, Evan Longoria hit a lead off solo home run off of Rivera but that's as close as the Rays would get.

Cubs 4 Reds 2 (10 Innings)

Carlos Villanueva went 8 1/3 innings allowing just 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs but it wasn't good enough to get the win. Carlos Marmol came into the game to face Joey Votto in the 9th with a man on 2nd and gave up a single to Votto which tied up the game, costing Villanueva the win. Marmol would get the win as Kevin Gregg earned his 1st save of the year.

After scoring 2 runs in the 2nd inning thanks to a sac fly off the bat of Scott Hairston and a solo blast by Cody Ransom, the Cubs headed into extra innings tied at 2 and 8 innings later finally scored another run when Darwin Barney hit a solo home run. Dave Sappelt added an insurance run with a RBI single.

Tony Cingrani continues to impress for the Reds as he struck out 9 batters in 7 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and walked none. However did not factor in the decision. Manny Parra was awful in relief as he suffered the loss, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Chris Heisey hit a solo home run in the 3rd and Joey Votto tied the game with a RBI single in the 9th but that's about all the offense the Reds had in this one.

Pirates 2 Phillies 0

The Pirates got a gem out of starter Jeff Locke as he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks over 6 shutout innings and struck out 6. Jason Grilli picked up his 8th save of the year and has a 0 ERA.

Brandon Inge had a RBI double in the 4th and Gaby Sanchez hit a solo home run in the 8th, which was all the Pirates needed in this one.

Cole Hamels falls to 0-3 as he threw 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs and striking out 6.

As a team, the Phillies struck out 11 times and only had 4 hits.

Cardinals 2 Nationals 0

Adam Wainwright continues to shut down his opponents with his unbelievable control. You can add another 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball to his resume as he struck out 9 batters. He did walk a batter, which was the first of the year for him. He now has 37 strike outs to just 1 walk in 37 innings.

The Cardinals got their 2 runs in the 4th inning as Allen Craig had an RBI double and Carlos Beltran singled in Craig.

Ross Detwiler suffers his first loss giving up 8 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings.

Bryce Harper went 2-3 with a walk, reaching base as many times as the rest of the team combined. Adam LaRoche went 0-4 with 4 K's.

Orioles 4 Blue Jays 3

Miguel Gonzalez did not pitch all that great but he was still able to pick up the win as he went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs. Jim Johnson picked up his 8th save of the year and has a ERA of 0.

The Orioles scored all 4 runs in the 2nd inning, getting a RBI single off the bat of Matt Wieters, a sac fly from Nolan Reimold and a 2-run single from Manny Machado.

The knuckleball was not working for R.A. Dickey as he falls to 2-3 on the year. Dickey gave up 5 hits, walked 4 and allowed 4 runs in 6 innings of work.

Edwin Encarnacion provided all the offense for the Blue Jays with his 3-run home run in the 6th.

Brewers 6 Padres 3

Yovani Gallardo earned his 2nd win of the year as he allowed 3 runs over 6 2/3 innings. Jim Henderson picked up his 5th save.

The Brewers picked up a run in the 1st off of a Ryan Braun RBI ground out, and then added 5 more in the 2nd. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a 2-run single, Jean Segura had a RBI ground out and Jonathon Lucroy hit a double that drove in 2.

Segura had 3 hits in this game including a triple. Carlos Gomez went 2-3 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and a run scored.

All 6 runs were charged to Padres starter Clayton Richard who lasted just an inning a 2/3. Thad Weber threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief for San Diego.

Just like the Brewers all the Padres runs came in the 1st and 2nd innings. Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso had RBI singles in the 1st and Will Venable added a RBI single in the 2nd.

Venable reached base 4 times, stole a base, scored and drove in a run.

Angels 5 Rangers 4 (11 Innings)

Jason Vargas allowed 3 runs over 7 innings but did not factor in the win. Dane De La Rosa picked up the win in relief as he was perfect in his 2 innings of work, pitching the 10th and 11th inning.

After Mark Trumbo had a RBI single in the 1st, the rest of the offense was provided by Howie Kendrick. Kendrick had a RBI infield single in the 1st, a 2-run home run in the 4th and a game winning solo home run in the top of the 11th. He finished 3-5 with 2 runs and 4 RBI.

Alexi Ogando allowed 4 runs (2 earned) over 7 innings for the Rangers but it was Joe Ortiz who picked up the loss as he gave up the Kendrick home run in the 11th.

Nelson Cruz hit a 440 3-run home run in the 6th to get the Rangers on the board and cut the Angels lead to 4-3. The Rangers tied it up when David Murphy grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

Diamondbacks 6 Giants 4 (11 Innings)

Patrick Corbin went the first 7 1/3 innings for Arizona allowing 2 runs and striking out 7. J.J. Putz blew the game for Corbin in the 9th allowing a 2-run home run to tie the game, but Brad Ziegler picked up the win in relief. Matt Reynolds earned the save.

The Diamondbacks jumped out to a early lead in this one. Paul Goldschmidt got it started with a RBI double in the and Miguel Montero followed with RBI ground out in the first. Goldschmidt then hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd, making it 4-0.

After the Putz blew it in the 9th, the game went to 11 innings and thats when Didi Gregorius scored on Santiago Casilla's wild pitch. Gerardo Parra added a big insurance run with a RBI double to help Arizona win the game.

Matt Cain started for the Giants and went 6 innings as he allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Cain continues to struggle as he is 0-2 with a 6.59 ERA. Santiago Casilla got the loss in relief allowing 2 runs in the 11th.

The Giants were trailing 4-0 in the 8th before Brandon Crawford got them on the board with a RBI triple and then he scored on a ground out off the bat of Hector Sanchez, cutting it to 4-2.

In the 9th, Brandon Belt hit a pinch hit 2-run home run off of Arizona's closer J.J. Putz. However it was a wasted effort as they lost in extras.

Athletics 13 Red Sox 0 (7 Innings)

In a rain shortened game, Bartolo Colon pitched a complete game shutout, going 7 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 7. He is now 3-0 on the year.


  • Coco Crisp continues his hot hitting as he went 2-4 with a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
  • John Jaso went 3-4 with a walk, a double, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
  • Seth Smith went 1-4 with a walk, a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.
  • Brandon Moss went 3-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
  • Josh Donaldson went 1-2 with 2 walks, a run scored and a RBI.
  • Josh Reddick went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBI.
Alfredo Aceves got roughed up for the Red Sox as he went 3 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 4 walks and 8 runs (7 earned). Steven Wright was no better in relief as he went 3 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 walks and 5 runs.

Dusin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Jonny Gomes had the 3 singles for the Red Sox.

Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox were postponed due to rain. No makeup dates have been announced.

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