Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It's No Holiday When Halladay Takes The Mound

It seemed just like yesterday that when Roy Halladay took the mound every 5th day, the opposing team had no chance at hitting him. He was a machine on the mound throwing strikes, mowing down batters. Now in 2013 his velocity is way down, only hitting 89-90 on the radar and his command is no longer there. Halladay is now 0-2 to start the year, throwing just 7 1/3 IP, allowing 12 H, 12 ER, and 6 BB. In 2010 and 2011 Doc Halladay had a combined 40 wins with an ERA around 2.40. In his last 26 starts he's 11-10 with an ERA close to 5. At the age of 35, he's now in his 15th year as a major league pitcher and his best days are behind him. He's no longer the pitcher who can spot his pitches and blow fastballs by hitters.

Mets 7 Phillies 2
John Bucks 3-run missle of a home run in the 2nd inning set the tone for Matt Harvey and the Mets against the Phillies. The Mets also got RBI singles from Lucas Duda, David Wright and Ruben Tejada added a 2-run single.

Roy Halladay lasted just 4 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks and 7 earned runs.

Matt Harvey quieted the Phillies bats as he threw 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits, walking 2, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 9.

On the flip side Matt Harvey is an up and coming star. He will be competing for Cy Young awards for years to come and he's off to a good start in 2013. He's now 2-0 and in 14 IP, he's only allowed 4 hits, 1 ER and struck out 19 batters. He throws in the high 90s, he has great control and a filthy slider. With his electric stuff, Harvey is a fun pitcher to watch as he can get hitters out in so many ways. At just the age of 24 he will be the face of the Mets staff and a household name for a long time.

Braves 2 Marlins 0

Paul Maholm was excellent against a weak hitting Marlins team. He threw 7 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 7.

Justin Upton was a perfect 4-4 with a home run and a double. He scored both runs for the Braves.

Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson went a combined 5-8.

Kevin Slowey pitched well enough to win as he went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs but you can't win when your team has 2 hits all night.

Reds 13 Cardinals 4

This was a 4-4 game headed to the 9th inning and then the Reds bats came alive for 9 runs.

Mat Latos allowed 4 runs in 6 innings and did not factor in the decision

Shin-Soo Choo went 2-5 with a walk, 2 runs and 3 RBI.
Joey Votto went 1-4 with 2 walks, 2 runs and an RBI
Brandon Phillips went 2-5 with a walk, home run, 2 runs and 2 RBI
Jay Bruce went 4-5 with a walk, 2 runs and an RBI

Jaime Garcia had 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs and also did not factor in the decision.

The Cardinals only had 4 hits, and all 4 of the runs were scored off the bat of Yadier Molina. In the 1st inning 2-runs scored off an error by Shin-Soo Choo, Molina had an RBI single in the 4th, and the 4th run scored off another error by Choo.

Royals 3 Twins 1

Ervin Santana went 8 solid innings allowing just 1 run while striking out 7, getting his first win as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals trailed 1-0 going to the 8th inning.

Alex Gordon tied the game with an RBI single, Alcides Escobar double gave the Royals a 2-1 lead and then Billy Butler added an insurance run with an RBI single.

Aaron Crow pitched the 9th as he earned the save.

Kevin Correia went 7 1/3 innings as he allowed 3 runs in the loss.

The only Twins run came off an RBI single from Ryan Doumit in the 1st.

Yankees 11 Indians 6

Hiroki Kuroda got his first win of the season, a game after he lasted just 1 1/3 innings after being hit on the hand with a line drive. In this game Kuroda went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs while striking out 6.

Travis Hafner got the Yankees on the board in the 1st inning with a 3-run home run against his old team. He followed it up with an RBI single in the 3rd.

Robinson Cano hit solo homers in the 5th and 6th innings. He also walked, hit a double and scored 4 runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez was awful as he lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 walks and 7 runs.

Michael Bourn went 2-4 with a walk, a triple and scored 2 runs.

Brewers 7 Cubs 4

Marco Estrada pitched 7 solid innings allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6.

Jim Henderson closed out the game which probably means he's taking over the closer duties from John Axford.

Ryan Braun made his return to the Brewers lineup after missing 3 games and went 3-4 with a walk, 2 doubles, a run and an RBI.

Norichika Aoki went 3-4 with 2 walks, a double and a run scored.
Jonathan Lucroy walked 3 times and scored 2 runs.
Alex Gonzalez went 1-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI
Martin Maldonado went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI

Edwin Jackson was terrible for the Cubs as he went 6 innings allowing 8 hits, 5 walks, and 5 earned runs.

Starlin Castro went 2-5 with a double and a triple.
Alfonso Soriano went 2-4 with 2 runs.
Nate Schierholtz went 2-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI
Welington Castillo went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBI

Red Sox 3 Orioles 1

Clay Buchholz improves to 2-0 on the season as he pitched a great game going 7 shutout innings with 8 Ks.

Daniel Nava provided all the offense for Boston as he broke a 0-0 tie with a 3-run homer in the 7th.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched very well until the Nava home run in the 7th and finished with 6 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 earned runs and 5 strike outs.

Adam Jones hit a solo home run in the 9th to break the shutout.

Rangers 5 Rays 4

Alexi Ogando improved to 2-0 after allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and a run in 5 1/3 innings.

Elvis Andrus went 2-4 with 2 RBI and the bottom of the Rangers lineup provided some power. A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit back to back solo home runs in the 4th.

Jeremy Hellickson suffered the loss as he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings.

The Rays offense hit 7 singles and Evan Longoria had 3 of them. He also walked and scored a run.

Pirates 5 Diamondbacks 3

Wandy Rodriguez started for the Pirates and left in the 3rd inning after suffering a hamstring injury. Jeanmar Gomez, Justin Wilson, Mark Melancon, and Jason Grilli pitched well out of the bullpen throwing a combined 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 run and struck out 5.

Starling Marte went 2-4 with a walk, a triple and 2 runs scored.
Andrew McChutchen went 1-2 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Garrett Jones hit a solo home run in the 8th.

Trevor Cahill falls to 0-2  after allowing 4 hits, 3 walks and 4 runs in 5 innings.

Wil Nieves was the only Diamondback to have multiple hits as he went 2-3 with an RBI.

Mariners 3 Astros 0

Joe Saunders picks up his first win of the season as he goes 6 1/3 shutout innings. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 3rd save of the season.

The 5 hits for the Mariners was enough as Michael Saunders (no relation to Joe) went 2-4 with 2 runs and a stolen base, and Kendrys Morales went 2-3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBI.

Philip Humber suffered his second loss of the season even though he's pitched well enough to win both starts. Humber has recieved 0 runs of support in his 2 starts this year.

The Astros offense had 7 singles with Matt Dominguez the only hitter with 2 hits.

Giants 4 Rockies 2

Madison Bumgarner is now 2-0 but was not nearly as sharp in this win as he was in his first start. Bumgarner lasted just 5 2/3 innings as he allowed 5 hits, 5 walks and 2 runs.

Hunter Pence hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning and Buster Posey added an insurance run in the 8th with an RBI single.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched well after giving up the 3-run homer to Pence and finished the night with 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs and 3 strike outs. He is now 0-1 on the season.

Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the 3rd and Chris Nelson had an RBI single in the 6th.

Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge each had 2 hits.

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