Jake Peavy has really looked like his former self so far this season, and the cherry on top of the sundae came last night against the A’s. Peavy threw a complete game shutout against Oakland, allowing three hits and two walks, and striking out five hitters. He threw that shutout on just 107 pitches, too. Peavy has four quality starts in four attempts this season, and has a 1.88 ERA, striking out 26 batters and walking just four in 28 2/3 innings. A solid year from Peavy would do a lot in helping the White Sox possibly contend in the AL Central this year.
Game of the Night: Cubs 3, Cardinals 2. CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! The Cardinals had a 2-1 lead for the majority of the game, and starter Jaime Garcia had allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings. Then the ninth came along, and Cardinals closer Jason Motte got a chance to close the game out. Motte walked two batters with one out, and they each moved up a base on a ground out. That brought up Joe Mather, who singled into center field to bring both runs in and give the Cubs the comeback win.
Pitching Line of the Night: Peavy was awesome, and I already talked about him. Wade Miley (of all starters) had a great start for the Diamondbacks, throwing six shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk and striking out seven. Madison Bumgarner of the Giants had another great start as well, allowing one run in seven innings on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.
Hitting Line of the Night: Jason Kubel (a signing I hated) cleaned up on Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies, going 3/4 with a homer and two doubles. Over both games of the doubleheader, Nate Schierholtz went 6/10 with a pair of triples and two RBI. Former Giant (and Marlin) Cody Ross hit a pair of homers for the Red Sox as well.
Spotlight Series: Well, Jair Jurrjens of the Braves got the hell kicked out of him again. In three innings, he allowed five runs on nine hits, walking one and not striking out a batter. After the game, he was demoted to AAA Gwinnett. The Braves couldn’t solve Chris Capuano, who limited them to one run over seven innings, walking four and striking out five. On offense, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp each reached base three times for the Dodgers, while Juan Uribe went 4/4 with three RBI. Yeah, that’s not going to get it done, Braves.
Other Games: The Yankees slowed the rolling Rangers with a 7-4 victory, though Josh Hamilton homered again. The Giants swept a doubleheader against the Mets, winning the two games by a combined score of 13-3. The Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-1, and Kansas City has now lost 11 in a row. The Red Sox got a run in the ninth off of Twins closer Matt Capps and earned a 6-5 win. The Brewers beat the Astros 6-5 behind a great start from Zack Greinke. Arizona beat the tar out of the Phillies 9-5, and a late Phillies rally only prevented it from being worse.
Today’s Games: Matt Cain and Mat Latos will go at it in Cincinnati. Josh Johnson and Johan Santana is one of those “if they’re healthy, it’s awesome!” games. Ervin Santana and David Price will likely be a fantastic outing. Adam Wainwright and Jeff Samardzija is going to be a good one. BATTLE OF JAPAN: Hiroki Kuroda vs Yu Darvish.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.