Time for a new feature here at the Outside Corner – the Daily Wrap. In this, we’ll take a look at the night that was around the league, with brief recaps of a couple of the more noteworthy games on the evening, and a few links to stories around the internet.
Washington 7, Philadelphia 4. This was Jayson Werth’s first game against the Phillies, and he delivered (2/3 with a solo homer). The Nats got 6 2/3 innings of one run ball from Livan Hernandez to improve to 5-5 on the season. These aren’t the Nationals you’ve been seeing for the past few years, that’s for sure. They’ve got a pulse this year. As for the Phillies, Joe Blanton allowed five runs in six innings, and he has not looked good in his first two starts this season. The positive side of things for Blanton is the 10:3 K:BB ratio he’s got going on in those two starts. Aside from that though? Bleh.
Los Angeles 2, Cleveland 0. This game snapped this Indians’ eight game winning streak in stellar fashion, as Dan Haren threw a complete game one hit shutout, allowing two walks and striking out eight to go along with the one hit. Fausto Carmona was nearly as good for Cleveland, allowing only a pair of runs in 7 2/3, both coming on solo homers to Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos. It would be just enough for the Angels because of how dominant Haren was on the hill. Is Haren one of the more underappreciated pitchers in the league, or what?
Detroit 5, Texas 4. Brad Penny turned in a solid effort for the Tigers in this back and forth game (6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), who walked off in the ninth on a Miguel Cabrera single. The major story in this game though, was the injury to Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton. He’ll miss six to eight weeks. Without Hamilton in the lineup, the Rangers could struggle a little bit offensively, but they’ve still got plenty of firepower. The Tigers are off to a slow start, with big free agent signing Victor Martinez only sporting a .698 OPS through 11 games. Miguel Cabrera is still hitting like Miguel Cabrera though, DUI problems aside (.385/.479/.769).
San Francisco 5, Los Angeles 4. An emotional game for the Giants, as they welcomed the Dodgers into town just a week and a half after the brutal beating of Brian Stow ouside Dodger Stadium. This was a sloppy game, as both starting pitchers exited before the sixth inning was complete. The Giants scored the winning run on a Blake Hawksworth wild pitch in the 7th. That should tell you what you need to know about the finish here. Brian Wilson picked up his first save of the season after missing the season’s first week.
Lines of the Night
Dan Haren, Los Angeles: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Game score: 91
Tommy Hanson, Atlanta: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Game score: 72
Brett Myers, Houston: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Game score: 62
Humberto Quintero, Houston: 3/3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
Alexei Ramirez, Chicago: 2/4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, 1 BB
Chris Young, Arizona: 3/4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB
David Schoenfield of ESPN beats the dead horse about Jason Heyward hitting second
Jayson Stark of ESPN examines whether or not the Rangers are a powerhouse
Tommy Rancel of Fangraphs looks at Dice-K’s awful start
Rory Papp of THT takes a look at a new pitch for Tim Lincecum
Bob Klapisch of FOX Sports mentions that the AL East is now a five team race
What to Watch on Wednesday
Marlins at Braves, 7:10 EST: Josh Johnson takes on Tim Hudson in a fantastic pitching matchup. Both pitchers are undefeated on the season, and Johnson’s stellar ERA of 2.13 is bested by Hudson’s of 1.84.
Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 EST: James Shields hasn’t been great for Tampa Bay this season (4.73 ERA), but John Lackey has been absolutely terrible for Boston (15.58 ERA). This game has all the makings of an offensive showdown.
Athletics at White Sox, 2:10 EST: another great pitching matchup between two young studs in the American League: Brett Anderson of the A’s (1.93 ERA) and John Danks of the White Sox (4.50 ERA). Both pitchers are looking to get their first win of the season.
Enjoy your day of baseball, folks!