Shuout-shutout-shutout-nohitter-shutout-shutout. Pretty good day for pitchers.
Rays 8, Orioles 2: Jeremy Guthrie got lit up (5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR), with Evan Logoria hitting his first home run of the season and BJ Upton hitting his 5th. So far in this series the Rays have outscored the O’s 14-4, and the two wins have moved the Rays into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Red Sox 4, Twins 0: Clay Buchholz (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) and four relievers combined for the shutout, as the Sox dinked and dunked the Twins for enough runs (12 hits, but 10 were singles). Even if it’s still just early May, who would have thought this would be a series of two of the league’s worst teams (by record, anyway)?
Cubs 3, Reds 2: Chicago scored the come from behind walk win, as Carlos Pena tied the game in the 9th inning with a home run (his third hit of the day) and Kosuke Fukudome singled with two on to bring in the winning run (his third hit of the day).
Tigers 9, Blue Jays 0: Man, the Tigers sure scored a bunch of runs. Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avile both homered. Pretty exciting stuff. Oh, and Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, taking a perfect game into the 8th inning when he walked his only batter on the night. That’s pretty good too.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 0: Yovani Gallardo walked 4, but he took his own no-hitter into the 8th inning before giving up a single (the only hit he allowed in 8 IP). If only Verlander and Gallardo had been pitching against each other – talk about excitement and tension.
Phillies 3, Braves 0: Like with Buchholz, Kyle Kendrik pitched five solid innings (2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and then the pen held on for the shutout. Ryan Howard hit his 7th home run of the season, getting his slugging percentage (.508) up passed last year’s level.
Pirates 6, Astros 1: Charlie Morton had a nice start for Pittsburgh (7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K), picking up his 4th win of the season. He’s now just one away from his career high, which came in 18 starts in 2009 (he has 7 starts this year). Bud Norris also did a fine job for Houston, striking out 9 in 7 IP, but giving up 3 runs was going to be too many even before the Pirates got to the Astros’ pen.
Nationals 5, Marlins 2: All of Florida’s runs came on a homer by John Buck, while the Nat’s knocked out 9 hits and 3 walks in pushing some run across. Washington actually had more triples (Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa) than other extra-base hits (a double by Jerry Hairston) in the game.
Royals 4, A’s 3: Cliff Pennington tied this game with a three-run homer in the 8th inning, but the Royals scored the walk-off win after loading the bases in the bottom of the 9th (including an intentional walk to Eric Hosmer, making his second career start) to set up Mike Aviles’ sac fly.
Mets 4, Dodgers 2: Bottom of the line-up guys Jamey Carroll and Jason Pridie traded 3-3 days (and the teams were close overall in hits and walks), but New York strung their hits together better and had the clutch hit, with pinch-hitter Justin Turner knocking in the winning runs in the bottom of the 8th.
Rangers 7, Yankees 5: By yesterday’s standards, this one was a slugfest. Thelosing team scoring five whole runs? Craziness. Bartolo Colon was pulled after 4.1 IP having given up 5 runs on 9 hits, and he was the starter who lasted longer (Derek Holland went three, with 4 hits, 4 runs, and 5 walks). Michael Young went 4-4 including a home run, with David Murphy also going deep for Texas and Nick Swisher doing so for New York.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 0: Daniel Hudson (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) started Arizona’s shutout, with a three-hit day by Ryan Roberts and a home run by Justin Upton providing more than enough offense.
Indians 4, Angels 3: Vernon Wells hit his 3rd home run in his last 6 games, and drove in all of LA’s runs on the day. Cleveland spread their RBIs out amongst three batters, with a two-run double by Shin-Soo Choo being the major blow
Giants 3, Rockies 2: Like a re-run of the KC-OAK game, with the Rockies scoring two in the 7th to tie the game and Giants scoring the walk-off on a sac fly. Maybe things would have been different if Colorado hadn’t grounded into three double plays and had another baserunner erased on a steal.
White Sox 6, Mariners 0: Gavin Floyd (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) shut down the M’s, while the Sox pounded Doug Fister for 14 hits in 5.2 innings (though he didn’t walk a batter, which is nice, I guess). 14 of the 17 Chicago hits (4 by Alex Rios, and 3 each by Gordon Beckham and Brett Morel) were singles, but so many baserunners are bound to lead to runs.