Thursday, May 23, 2013

Joey Bats is Alive, Alive, ALIVE!

The Toronto Blue Jays scored just 4 runs in a win over the Tampa Bay Rays but Jose Bautista's 4 hits and 4 RBI would be all Toronto needed.  Bautista scored Anthony Gose on a single in the 1st inning, homered in the 4th and in the 9th off Fernando Rodney to force extras.  He then drove in the game winning run in the 10th on a single to right, scoring Colby Rasmus.  Jose has raised his average from .224 to .275 in just 10 games with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.  He is 6 of his last 7 and Toronto is 6-4 during his breakout. 
Jeremy Hellickson and Mark Buehrle both pitched great striking out 10 over 15 combined innings and allowing 4 hits each.  Jose Molina was the only other batter with more than 1 hit.  Ben Zobrist and James Loney drove in runs for the Rays.

David Murphy and Adrien Beltre homered in the 1st inning off Jarrod Parker and that would be all the offense the Texas Rangers could muster and would need.  Ross Wolf made the first start of his career for the Rangers and held Oakland to just 3 hits and a run over 5 innings.  Joe Nathan earned his 14th save.  Brandon Moss's 25th RBI of the season, a sacrifice fly, scored Coco Crisp, the Athletics only run in the 4th.  The game featured just 10 hits and ended in just two hours and twenty-two minutes.

Curtis Granderson hit his first double and home run of the season, but it was not enough for the Yankees as the Orioles scored 5 runs off Hiroki KurodaNick Markakis and Chris Davis homered in the first inning and Kuroda left before getting any outs in the third inning after getting hit by a comebacker.  Matt Wieters hit a 3 run bomb in the 3rd.  Davis finished the day 4 for 4.  Granderson, Robinson Cano and David Adams had RBI for the Pinstripes.

C.J. Wilson was lights out for the Angels in a 7-1 victory over the Mariners.  10 Ks over 8 innings and just a single earned run lowered Wilson's ERA to 3.39.  C.J. has pitched MUCH better than his 4-3 records shows, but in his last two starts, the Halos scored 0 runs total!  Kendrys Morales did have 3 hits for the Mariners, including his 13th double, but his teammates did little to help him.  Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo each had multi hit games, with Josh Hamilton and Callaspo having multi RBI days.  Trout hit his 5th triple, just a day after hitting for the Cycle, and scored twice.  Callaspo also scored twice.  Justin Smoak was 0 for 4 with 3 Ks.  LA swept the 2 game series by a combined scored of 19-1.

The Tigers and Indians bats combined for 27 hits and 18 runs, but it was Detroit coming out on top 11-7.  Neither Justin Verlander nor Ubaldo Jimenez were very effective, but Verlander lasted long enough to earn his 5th victory.  They combined to pitch 14 innings, allowing 17 hits and 11 runs.  The game featured 10 extra base hits, with Miguel Cabrera hitting his 13th double and 13th home run, driving in 3 runs to raise his season total to 52!  Andy Dirks, Torii Hunter, Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta each scored twice for the Tigers. 

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 13th and 14th doubles of the season and Michael Brantley took advantage of the runner in scoring position, picking up 3 RBI on 3 hits.  Carlos Santana's 2 run homer off Verlander was his 8th of the season.

The Boston Red Sox avoided being swept by the Chicago White Sox wit a 6-2 victory.  5 of the games 8 runs scored came after the 7th inning.  Daniel Nava and David Ortiz had 2 RBI a piece for the Red Sox while Alex Rios and Paul Konerko picked up the runs for the White Sox.  Konerko hit his 5th home run off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the 9th.  Clay Buchholz improved to 7-0, winning for the first time in 4 starts.  Hector Santiago was charged with the L in this one, but he struck out 9 Red Sox in 6 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs.  Mike Napoli walked 3 times.

Jordan Lyles and the Houston Astros defeated James Shields and the Kansas City Royals 3-1.  J.D. Martinez two run home run in the 1st inning off Shields would be the only run KC needed.  Jose Veras got his 8th save.

The Atlanta Braves swept a 3 game interleague series with Minnesota Twins, backed by Evan Gattis' 4th inning grandslam, his 10th home run of the season.  Paul Maholm won his 6th game of the year, while Vance Worley fell to 1-5.  The Twins are probably wishing they still had Ben RevereB.J. Upton hit just his 4th home run and is hitting .155 after going 1 for 4.  Ramiro Pena (HR) and Jason Heyward each had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.  Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia each homered in the 9th inning off Cory Rasmus.

The Los Angeles Dodgers responded to manager Don Mattingly as they beat the Brewers 9-2.  Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke, Nick Punto and Ramon Hernandez each had 2 hits and at least one walk and a run scored.  Ryan Braun hit his 9th home run for the Brew Crew.  Wily Peralta didn't make it through the 2nd inning, dropping to 5-5 while Hyun-Jin Ryu was taken out in the middle of the 8th improving to 5-2.  Adrian Gonzalez picked up his 30th RBI.

Mat Latos and Matt Harvey pitched nearly identical games, both leaving in the 7th innings allowing 4 earned runs, but it was the Reds who came out on top.  Cincinnati got to Bobby Parnell in the top of the 9th as Brandon Phillips double and Todd Frazier's single drove in 3 to break up a tie game.  Aroldis Chapman struck out 2 in the bottom and saved his 10th game.  Joey Votto hit his 7th home run in the second inning off Harvey.  Daniel Murphy and Rick Ankiel set the table for the Mets with 3 hits and 2 RBI each, at the top of the lineup, but no one else came to play.  Ankiel hit two double and a triple.  Zack Cozart had 4 hits for the Reds.

Tyler Lyons pitched 6 shut out innings against the Padres before allowing a lead off home run to Jedd Gyorko in the 7th.  The Cardinals pitcher was making his MLB debut and even picked up a hit.  Edward Mujica allowed 2 runs to score on a Alexei Amarista single in the 9th, in a non save situation.  Yadier Molina picked up 4 hits, Carlos Beltran had 3 and Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday each had 2.  Just 2 of the Cardinals 14 hits went for XBH.

Cliff Lee pitched a 3 hit shutout vs the Marlins, improving to 5-2 and lowering his ERA to 2.48.  Kevin Slowey pitched great through 6, striking out 6 and allowing a single run on a home run to Delmon Young, but had to leave with a lat injury.  Jimmy Rollins, Young, Ryan Howard and Lee each had 2 hits for the Phils. 

Jeff Samardzija is officially the most unlucky pitcher in the MLB.  Samardzija allows 1 run in the first inning, just 3 hits all game, strikes out 8 Pirates and somehow comes away with his 6 loss of the season!  Oh, that's because Francisco Liriano won his 3rd straight start, shutting out the Cubbies over 7 innings, Ks 9 and allowed just 2 hits!  Two of the Pirates 4 hits were  Andrew McCutchen doubles, he now has 14. 

Gio Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner also pitched great games but neither walked away with a decision.  The Giants and Nationals went to extras, and it was Ian Desmond's 10th inning single that scored the winning run.  Rafael Soriano saved his 13th game.  Bumgarner and Gonzalez combined to throw 14.1 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs, and 10 strikeouts.  Bryce Harper did hit his 12 home run of the season and scored both of the Nats runs.

Jorge De La Rosa won his 6th game and Trevor Cahill was handed his 5th lose of the season as the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-1.  Cahill actually saw his ERA jump to 2.81 and is pitching way better than his 3-5 record.  The last time Cahill gave up 3 or more earned runs was April 20th, 7 starts ago.  Carlos Gonzalez hit his 11th home run in the first inning. 

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