The Colorado Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leads the National League in average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. At this pace, he will only need 560 at bats to become the Rockies' single-season hits leader. He and the Rockies have been surging lately, and are only three games behind the Giants in the National League West standings.
Although Tulowitzki went deep in this game, it was Justin Morneau who served as the hero. With one on and two out in the bottom of the tenth inning, Morneau took Dale Thayer deep to center field, walking the Rockies off to victory. The Padres took an early lead in the first inning, but after the Rockies scored four runs the bottom of the third, capped by a Charlie Blackmon home run, it was the Padres who were playing catch up for the rest of the game. They did a good job of it, scoring two in the top of the fourth, making it a 4-3 game. Troy Tulowitzki hit a homer in the fifth, at the time giving the Rockies an 80.3% chance to win the game. But the Padres were not done. Rene Rivera homered to left in the sixth, and after the Rockies scored once more, Everth Cabrera hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth. But, Justin Morneau completed the job.
The Padres' Donn Roach allowed four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out none in three innings. He took a no decision. Will Venable, Cabrera, and Rivera led the team with two hits each. Cabrera and Rivera each drove in two. For the Rockies, Juan Nicasio went six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking just one. DJ LeMahieu led the team with three hits, and three players led the team with two runs batted in.
Rockies 8, Padres 6 (Final 10)
Masahiro Tanaka has won 34 straight regular-season decisions, dating back to his time in Japan. Against the Mets yesterday, Tanaka tossed his first career shutout, fanning eight batters, while only allowing one hit. Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts each led the Yankees with two hits; Yangervis Solarte homered, drove in one, and scored two more.
The Yankees took the lead in the secod inning on a Brian Roberts triple, scoring Yangervis Solarte. It turns out that would be all Masahiro Tanaka needed. But the Yankees continued to give support. In the fourth and sixth, Tanaka was supported with solo shots from Solarte and Mark Teixeria, respectively. Then, in the seventh, Derek Jeter reached on an infield single to score Brett Gardner.
It was Tanaka who stole the show. His great outing overshadowed Rafael Montero's first career start. He went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two. Four players on the Mets tallied a hit off of Tanaka. Eric Young Jr.'s double was the only extra-base hit off of Tanaka.
Yankees 4, Mets 0
The Cubs racked up 20 hits off of Cardinals' pitching, as they scored 17 runs. Junior Lake was the biggest supporter, going 3-for-6 with two runs and six runs batted in, hitting his fourth home run of the season. Mike Olt hit his eighth of the season in his two hit attack, as he drove in two runs to bring his average to .187. The Cardinals were supported by Yadier Molina, who had two hits in three trips and drove in a run.
On the mound, Tyler Lyons went four innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking one. He took his third loss of the season. Randy Choate gave up six runs in 0.2 innings of relief. Travis Wood went six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits, striking out four and walking three.
The Cubs took an early lead in the first and second, totaling seven runs in those innings. They were powered behind a 367-foot home run from Olt in the first, scoring Starlin Castro. After the Cardinals made it as close as 9-5 in the fifth, the Cubs continued to pour it on. They scored two runs in the sixth and six runs in the ninth, to take the 17-5 lead for good.
Cubs 17, Cardinals 5
Before the game, the Reds reinstated Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list. He has not pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on March 19. On the hill for the Reds was Homer Bailey. His season has been nothing special. The owner of two no-hitters has began the season 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA. He twirled a gem against the Rockies yesterday. On the hill for the Rockies was Juan Nicasio.
The Reds took the early lead in the bottom of the first, when Skip Schumaker grounded out to second, scoring speedster Billy Hamilton. Hamilton reached on a bunt single and advanced all the way to third on an error. This was his first start since spraining his knuckles on his left hand on May 1. Schumaker drove in another in the third, singling to score Ramon Santiago. Charlie Blackmon homered in the fourth to cut the Reds lead to 2-1, but Todd Frazier hit a 436 foot homer to center in the bottom of the inning to even it out. The last score of the game came in the fifth, when Brandon Phillips reached on an error to score Santiago. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game in the ninth by striking out the side.
The Reds were led by Hamilton and Santiago with two hits. Homer Bailey tossed 7.1 innings allowing only one run on four hits striking out six and walking two. The Rockies were led by four players, including Charlie Blackmon, with one hit. Juan Nicasio pitched six innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, striking out three and walking one.
Reds 4, Rockies 1
The Detroit Tigers are one of the hottest teams in baseball. With their win last night against the Astros, the Tigers are 20-10 (includes today's game), and, at the time, won eight in a row. This gave them the best winning percentage in all of baseball and the most wins in the American League. The Astros are still in rebuild mode. They have not strung together that many wins as they sit at 11-24 (includes today's game).
Miguel Cabrera got the scoring started early for the Tigers, hitting a two-run shot off Astros' starter Brad Peacock. He eventually settled down and got into a pitcher's duel with Tigers' starter Rick Porcello. They both tossed quality starts. Dexter Fowler helped Peacock's cause in the top of the third, singling in Mawin Gonzalez, who leadoff the inning with a double. Gonzalez finished the night with two hits and a walk, brining his average to a very good .324. Peacock and Porcello continued to battle until the bottom of the sixth. Victor Martinez took Peacock deep to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Marwin Gonzalez singled in the final run of the game in the top of the seventh.
Center fielder Don Kelly led the Tigers with two hits. Gonzalez lead the Astros with his two knocks. Brad Peacock went six and two-thirds strong, allowing three runs on four hits, striking out and walking four. Rick Porcello also went six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking just two. Joe Nathan closed out the win for the Tigers with a shutdown ninth inning.
Tigers 3, Astros 2
Neither the defending-champion Boston Red Sox nor the Cincinnati Reds have been all that impressive to start this season. Boston currently sits in third in the American League East; the Reds are in third in the National League Central. On the mound was Homer Bailey and Felix Doubront, two pitchers who have not turned in the best of performances to begin the season.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third, after Mike Napoli drove in two runs, one coming on a ground out to the pitcher Bailey, and the other coming on a bases-loaded walk. That ended the scoring until the eighth inning. Todd Frazier hit a single to left, scoring Joey Votto. The next batter, Ryan Ludwick lofted a fly ball to Shane Victorino, scoring Brandon Phillips on the sacrifice. The Red Sox threatened in the ninth, but were shut down. The fans in Boston were treated to free baseball. Then in the twelfth, the Red Sox took control. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back singles. Then, Grady Sizemore became the hero, singling in Ortiz for the winning run.
Doubront pitched five and one-third innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out and walking three. Bailey pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out and walking five. Grady Sizemore and Dusin Pedroia each had three hits; Sizemore boosted his average to .242 and Pedroia boosted his to .287. Three players on the Reds led the team with two hits.
Red Sox 4, Reds 3 (F/12)
The San Francisco Giants have recenly been surging. Their 21-11 record is second best in the Major Leagues, behind only the Milwaukee Brewers' 22-11 record. The Giants have won six games in a row and nine of their last ten. They took on the Pirates at PNC Park. They have been going in the opposite direction, losing seven of their last ten, which sits them fourth in the National League Central.
The Giants took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but it did not last long. After cutting the lead in half, Pedro Alvarez hit a three run home run, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, the Pirates added to their lead, scoring four more, two of which came on wild pitches. The Giants were not out of it. They scored five in the sixth, cutting the lead to 8-7, capped by a double by Brandon Hicks that scored two. In the top of the ninth, the Pirates led 10-9, and sent Mark Melancon out to close out the game. Hunter Pence lead off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored to tie the game on a Buster Posey single.
After scoreless innings in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, the Giants broke through in the thirteenth. With one out, Pence walked, and after Juan Perez was hit by a pitch, the Giants scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by pitcher Jared Hughes. Jean Machi bunted the ball to Hughes, who made a bad throw, scoring Hunter Pence. Sergio Romo shut the Pirates down in the bottom of the thirteenth.
Giants 11, Pirates 10 (F/13)
The Chicago Cubs have not swept the St. Lohis Cardinals since April 7-9, 2006. Yadier Molina had other plans. Jason Hammel faced off against Lance Lynn on Sunday Night Baseball from Wrigley Field, as the Cardinals were able to prevail in game three of this three game set.
The Cubs had to rally to get back into the game. Down 3-0 after three innings, Jason Hammel helped his own cause in the fourth with a two run single, scoring Ryan Kalish and John Baker. Four innings later, in the seventh, the Cubs continued their comeback, as Luis Valbuena scored on Carlos Martinez's wild pitch. But then Yadier Molina singled in the top of the ninth, scoring Randal Grichuk and Mark Ellis, and lifting the Cardinals to a 5-3 lead. Trevor Rosenthal shut the door, but not after the Cubs scored once more.
Mark Ellis had three hits for the Cardinals. Lance Lynn pitched six innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked four. Luis Valbuena led the Cubs with two hits. Jason Hammel drove in two runs, and pitched six innings of three run ball. He allowed seven hits, struck out five, and walked two.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4
The Marlins have not swept the Braves since April 2009. That was five seasons ago, when the Marlins last finished with a winning record, going 87-75. They've declined ever since, winning 80, 72, and 69 wins in 2010, '11 and '12. They presumably hit rock bottom last season, going 62-100. This was the second 100 loss season in team history, with the first coming in their dismal 1998 season. They went 54-108, even after coming off of the 1997 World Series victory. This season, many thought that they would be improved. With their early sweep of the Braves, the Marlins are showing that they have young talent, and could be a contender in years to come.
They quickly got out on top. Casey McGehee doubled in Derek Dietrich in the first, and that was the beginning of it all. B.J. Upton homered to put the Braves out on top 3-2 in the third, but the Marlins' resiliency continued to pay big dividends. Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to score Saltalamacchia, but even after Evan Gattis put the Braves back on on top, the Marlins did their job. Giancarlo Stanton and McGehee hit back-to-back RBI Singles in top of the seventh, and the Marlins took the lead for good. Their bullpen shut the Braves down the rest of the way.
The Braves' Ervin Santana pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out five and walking three. The Marlins' Henderson Alvarez also went six, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking two. Mike Dunn took the win with one scoreless inning in relief, and Ian Thomas took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run to score in the seventh.
Marlins 5, Braves 4
The Los Angeles Dodgers came into yesterday's game with 9,999 wins as a team overall. Going for win no. 10,000, Zack Greinke was on the hill, against the Minnesota Twins, who were pitching Kyle Gibson. Greinke was also going for a personal record of becoming 5-0 for the first time since his Cy Young award season in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals.
The Dodgers looked to secure no. 10,000 quickly and promptly. After giving up a 1-0 lead to the Twins, the Dodgers scored two runs in the third. Greinke was good with two runs, pitching six innings of one run ball (no earned runs), while totaling six strikeouts. Even with the 2-0 lead, the Dodgers poured it on in the seventh, scoring three runs, on Andre Either's first double of the year and Juan Uribe's two-run single. The Twins looked to come back in the ninth down 6-1. After scoring once, a two-run double from Trevor Plouffe tightened it up. But, the Dodgers prevailed for their 10,000th win.
The Dodgers took their 10,000th win much like they've been taking wins since they asembled this star-studded team, with good hitting, pitching, and defense. Although the Twins put a good run on at the end, Kenley Jansen shut the door, and made sure that no futher scoring would occur. This was a good team win for the Dodgers.
Dodgers 6, Twins 4