Going into Saturday’s game, eyes around baseball were focued on two players: Bryce Harper of the Nationals, and Mike Trout of the Angels. This was Harper’s first action in the show, but Trout had received a brief callup last year for the Angels. Their expectations were not necessarily met. Playing left field and batting seventh, Harper went 1/3 with a double and a sac fly, while Trout went 0/4 with a strikeout for the Angels, leading off and also playing left field. It wasn’t necessarily the starmaking debut that many expected from the two prospects, but at the end of the day, it’s just one game for each of them
Game of the Night: Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2. Arizona got a pair of runs in the first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Gerardo Parra, and an RBI single from Miguel Montero. Through six, the 2-0 lead still stood. Then, Miami starting chipping away. In the seventh, Jose Reyes singled in Omar Infante to make it 2-1. In the eighth, Logan Morrison hit a solo homer to tie the game at two. And the in the ninth, Hanley Ramirez singled in Giancarlo Stanton to give Miami an improbable win. Anibal Sanchez allowed five baserunners in the first inning for the Marlins, and two in his final six innings. He struck out 14. Good god. Three Diamondbacks players (Upton, Kubel, Hill) struck out three times each. That’s just nasty.
Pitching Line of the Night: Jake Peavy threw a complete game against the Red Sox, allowing just one run on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. He got the loss because Chicago’s offense couldn’t get any runs on the board against Jon Lester, who threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk, striking out seven as well. Tim Lincecum allowed one run (unearned) in eight for the Giants in their 2-1 win over the Padres. He allowed three hits, four walks, and five strikeouts. His opponent Anthony Bass also had a good start, going eight innings and allowing two runs, six hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts. One more for you: Dan Haren allowed one run in eight innings against the Indians, walking two and striking out seven.
Hitting Line of the Night: Yadier Molina had a perfect 4/4 night, scoring twice and driving in a pair. He also homered, and miraculously, only saw five pitches in those four at bats. That takes serious skill. Chris Davis of the Orioles went 3/4 with a homer, scoring two runs and driving in four.
Spotlight Series: The Rangers beat up the Rays 7-2, but it actually wasn’t Jeff Niemann’s fault. The Rays were only down 2-1 through five, but Texas added a third run in the sixth as Josh Hamilton scored on an Eliot Johnson error. In the seventh, with new pitcher Burke Badenhop in, the Rangers scored a run on a Jose Molina throwing error, and then Adrian Beltre cleared the bases with a three run bomb. Evan Longoria drove in a run in the eighth for Tampa Bay, but it wasn’t enough at the end of the day. Colby Lewis finally lost a little mojo on the mound for the Rangers, allowing one run in six innings, but walking three and striking out five.
Other Games: A Torii Hunter homer and Dan Haren’s great start gave the Angels a 2-1 win over the Indians. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 7-3 behind the bat of Yadier Molina. The battle for supremacy in the basement between the Twins and Royals was rained out, and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 30th. Johnny Cueto and the Reds shut out the Astros 6-0. Drew Smyly was fantastic in Detroit’s 7-5 win over the Yankees. The Phillies showed signs of life, and beat the Cubs 5-2. Brandon Morrow shut down the Mariners in a 7-0 Toronto win. The Pirates edged the Braves 4-2 to give Erik Bedard his first win of the season. The Orioles thrashed the A’s 10-1. The Red Sox edged the White Sox 1-0. The Mets rebounded from Friday’s performance to beat the Rockies 7-5. The Giants beat the Padres 2-1 in a pitchers duel. And finally, the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 on a Matt Kemp walkoff homer.
Today’s Games: Max Scherzer and CC Sabathia duel in the Big Apple. Mat Latos starts for the Reds against the Astros. Josh Johnson goes for the Marlins against the Diamondbacks. Tim Hudson will make his season debut against the Pirates. Matt Garza goes for the Cubs in Philly. Josh Beckett and Gavin Floyd will duel in Chicago. Zack Greinke and Jaime Garcia is a solid matchup in St Louis. Johan Santana goes for the Mets in Denver. Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants in San Diego. David Price will duel Derek Holland in Texas. And finally, Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals in LA, attempting to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.