Mat Latos has had a pretty crappy run in Cincinnati so far…well, up until yesterday. Latos through six shutout innings against the Pirates, allowing two hits and three walks and striking out 11 in the process. Latos only has thrown one other shutout appearance thusfar this season, two starts ago against the Giants. However, that start was much less impressive, due to the only three strikeouts he had on that night. Latos is finally looking like the guy that the Reds thought they were getting when they gave up four players for him this winter.
Game of the Night: Orioles 9, Red Sox 6 (17 innings). This game was wacky. So wacky in fact, that each team ran out of pitchers and had to dip into the position player reserves in order to finish the game. Chris Davis got the win for the Orioles, going two scoreless innings and striking out a pair. Darnell McDonald fared worse for the Red Sox, allowing two hits, two walks, and three runs in an inning of work. The game essentially ended when Adam Jones hit a three run homer over the Green Monster off of McDonald to give Baltimore the first runs on the board since the eighth inning. The Orioles initially led the game 5-0, before Boston tied it up on a Ryan Sweeney RBI single and a Will Middlebrooks grand slam. The teams would trade single runs in the eighth, and then, the extra innings took over.
Pitching Line of the Night: I mentioned Latos’s excellent start in the intro. Cole Hamels allowed just one run over eight innings for the Phillies, striking out eight in their win over the Nationals. Ubaldo Jimenez also had a decent start for the Indians, allowing just two hits over seven inning. However, Jimenez did walk five batters compared to just six strikeouts.
Hitting Line of the Night: When you play 17 innings, crazy things happen, like with JJ Hardy. He went 5/8 with a pair of homers for the Orioles. Tyler Greene of the Cardinals went 3/3 with a pair of homers, three runs, four RBI, a walk, a double, and a stolen base. Can’t get much more of a complete game than that. Ryan Doumit of the Twins went 3/3 with a pair of solo homers, and Hunter Pence went 2/5 with a pair of homers and four RBI.
Spotlight Series: Washington was looking for the sweep over the Phillies, and things didn’t really go as planned. Bryce Harper got plunked and stole home in the first inning, and it was all downhill from there. The Phillies then proceeded to score nine straight runs, three of which came off of Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, who went six innings, walked four, and struck out just one. Philadelphia then added a ton of insurance in the ninth off of Ryan Perry: six runs in fact, while Perry got just two outs. The Nationals added two more in the ninth, but it was way too late. The loss came at a price too, as right fielder Jayson Werth left the game with a broken wrist. Cole Hamels was dominant for the Phillies, and helped them to a win they really needed. Placido Polanco had three hits for the Phillies, and Hunter Pence hit two homers and drove in four. For the Nationals, Harper added a double and a single to his HBP and stolen base, while Ian Desmond singled and tripled. The Nationals still won the series two games to one, and the Phillies now know that they’re not going to be pushovers this year.
Other Games: Yu Darvish lost his first game of the year as the Indians beat the Rangers 4-2. The Mets beat the struggling Diamondbacks 3-1. All four runs in Detroit came on solo homers as the Tigers beat the White Sox 3-1. The Reds shut out the Pirates 5-0 behind Latos and his great start. The Cardinals clubbed the Astros 8-2. The A’s beat up on Matt Moore and the Rays, winning by a 9-5 score. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-3 in 11 innings, and shrimp were everywhere. Brandon Beachy was excellent for the Braves in a 7-2 win over the Rockies. The Yankees beat the Royals 10-4 in a game highlighted by a Robinson Cano grand slam, along with two other Yankee homers. The Marlins beat the pathetic Padres 6-3. The Angels beat the Blue Jays 4-3, but the big story was Albert Pujols finally homering. The Giants beat a banged-up Brewers team 4-3 in 11 innings. The Mariners beat the Twins 5-2, and Minnesota looks like the worst team in the league.
Today’s Games: Nearly all the teams are active today…odd for a Monday. Mr Perfect Phil Humber starts for the White Sox in Cleveland. Roy Halladay goes for the Phillies against the Mets. Tommy Hanson and Jeff Samardzija is a good-looking duel in Chicago. Carlos Zambrano and Wandy Rodriguez is a solid matchup in Houston. Yovani Gallardo starts for the Brewers against the Reds. The impressive Lance Lynn starts for the Cardinals against the shockingly impressive Joe Saunders of the Diamondbacks. Jered Weaver faces the Twins…again…and looks for a second straight no hitter. Doug Fister makes his return to the Tigers rotation to take on the Mariners, his former team.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.