Phillip Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect game yesterday. And it was awesome. Of course, the game was on FOX’s national Saturday broadcast, and with a Red Sox-Yankees game going on during the game, not nearly as many people saw Humber’s dominance as maybe the MLB would have liked. I mean, look at the distribution map. The Chicago metro area, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho. Gee, great job there MLB. At least the Red Sox-Yankees game, which looked like a complete blowout for awhile, got very interesting later on.
Game of the Night: Yankees 15, Red Sox 9. Boston led this sucker 9-0 after five innings, and Red Sox starter Felix Doubront left after six looking like a winner after a solid, one run outing. Then….the wheels came off. Vicente Padilla got one out, and allowed five runs. Matt Albers didn’t get an out, and both of the batters he faced scored. Franklin Morales allowed a couple of hits, but ended the inning with just one more run scoring. All of a sudden, it was a 9-8 game. Of course, the Yankees didn’t let up in the eighth. Former Yankee Alfredo Aceves didn’t get an out, walked four hitters, and allowed five runs to score. Justin Thomas allowed two more hits and another run to score before Junichi Tazawa cleaned up the pen’s mess by getting the final four outs. All in all, Boston’s bullpen allowed 12 hits, 14 runs (13 earned), five walks, two strikeouts, and two homers….in three innings. Yeah, and Marlon Byrd is going to fix this team’s problems?
Pitching Line of the Night: Phllip Humber threw a perfect game.
Pitching Line of the Night (non perfect game edition): Cory Luebke of the Padres shut down the Phillies offense (not a difficult task) over eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, striking out five. Clayton Kershaw shut out the Astros (also not a difficult task) over seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Hitting Line of the Night: In that violent Yankees-Red Sox game, Mark Teixeira went 3/6 with a double, two homers, and six RBI. Nick Swisher nearly matched him by going 3/6 with a double, a homer, and six RBI. David Ortiz went 4/4 with a walk and a double. Staying in the division, Colby Rasmus of Toronto went 3/4 with three runs, four RBI, and a pair of homers.
Spotlight Series: DOUBLEHEADER!!! In game one, there wasn’t much to see. Texas kicked the bejeezus out of Rick Porcello in the first two innings of the game, knocking him around for ten hits and nine runs (eight earned) as they won a laugher. Eight Texas players had two hits, including Alberto Gonzalez….who didn’t even start the game. Yeah. Game two actually resembled a baseball game much more, with Detroit winning 3-2 behind Justin Verlander, who allowed just one unearned run over six innings, walking three and striking out eight. Neftali Feliz threw a complete game in the loss, allowing three runs and three hits over eight innings. So much for him not being stretched out. The Tigers didn’t do much on offense, but they made their three hits count. On the other hand, Texas stranded ten men and went 1/8 with runners in scoring position. Josh Hamilton struck out four times. Yowza. The Tigers look to salvage a split today, as Drew Smyly takes the hill against Colby Lewis.
Other Games: The Cubs beat the struggling Reds 6-1 behind a great start from Paul Maholm. The Nationals beat the Marlins 3-2 in ten after a blown save by Brad Lidge (gee, that sounds familiar). The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 in a game that saw Aubrey Huff play second base in the ninth (and it was as hilarious as it sounds). Matt Kemp homered again in the Dodgers’ 5-1 win over the Astros. The Pirates shut out the Cardinals 2-0 behind AJ Burnett, making his season debut. Rasmus’s big game keyed the Blue Jays in a 9-5 win over the Royals. The Brewers crushed the Rockies late, 9-4. James Shields smacked the Twins upside the head in a 4-1 Tampa Bay win. The Angels beat the Orioles 6-3, and look to be getting on track finally. The Braves beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 behind a solid start from Tommy Hanson. The Indians tacked on some runs late to beat the A’s 5-1. Luebke outdueled Roy Halladay, and the Padres got a 5-1 win.
Today’s Games: Tim Lincecum looks to right the ship against Dillon Gee of the Mets. Josh Johnson and Gio Gonzalez is an excellent matchup in DC. Ricky Romero and Danny Duffy could surprise a lot of people in KC. Kyle Lohse and Erik Bedard are both off to great starts this year, and will duel in Pittsburgh. Chad Billingsley and Wandy Rodriguez will battle in Houston. Wei-Yin Chen looks for his third straight good start, but will be pitted against Dan Haren of the Angels. And in the ESPN feature matchup of your lifetime, CC Sabathia and Daniel Bard go for the Yankees and Red Sox.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.