The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fell 5-0 to the Houston Astros on Friday night, and are now sitting at a sterling 2-8 on the season. Only the pathetic Miami Marlins at 1-9 have a worse record this year. Now, the Angels season isn't over – not by a long shot. But it has to be more than a little disappointing for the team and their fans. It's not as if their schedule has been easy by any means, with their first nine games coming against the Reds, Rangers, and A's, but a shutout at the hands of the lowly Astros, at home nonetheless? That's gotta be demoralizing.
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Padres outfielder Will Venable attempts to make a diving catch as teammate Everth Cabrera looks on. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY)
Game of the Night: Braves 6, Nationals 4 (ten innings). Atlanta improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating their division rival in extra innings, scoring six straight runs over the game's final four innings after trailing 4-0 through six innings. The Braves loaded the bases in the eighth and scored a run after a bases loaded walk from BJ Upton to make the game 4-2. They loaded the bases again in the ninth, and Justin Upton hit a chopper down the third base line that Ryan Zimmerman fielded and threw wild to second base, allowing two runs to score to tie the game at four. In the tenth, Braves backup infielder Ramiro Pena (who came into the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth) hit a two-run homer to give Atlanta the lead. Craig Kimbrel shut the Nationals down in the bottom of the inning, and the Braves dealt the Nationals their first loss of the year at Nationals Park.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Justin Masterson threw a complete game shutout for the Indians in their 1-0 win over the White Sox, allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out seven in the process. Jose Quintana matched Masterson through seven, allowing one hit and striking out seven while walking none. Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller dazzled the Brewers in a 2-0 St Louis win, allowing one hit over seven scoreless innings, striking out eight without a walk. Carlos Villanueva had a solid outing for the Cubs in their 4-3 comeback win over the Giants, going 7 1/3 scoreless and allowing three hits, one walk, and notching three strikeouts. Bud Norris continued to boost his stock for the Astros in their win in Anaheim, throwing seven shutout frames and allowing three hits, striking out five and walking two.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Daniel Murphy powered the Mets offense in a 16-5 blowout win over the Twins, going 4/5 with three runs, four RBI, and a pair of doubles, while David Wright went 3/5 with two runs, four RBI, a walk, a double, and a triple. The Pirates knocked off the Reds 6-5, though Brandon Phillips went 2/5 with three RBI and a pair of homers for Cincinnati. In Colorado's 7-5 win over San Diego, Dexter Fowler went 2/4 with a walk and a pair of solo homers. Prince Fielder went 4/5 with a double and a three-run homer for the Tigers, but the A's earned a 4-3 walkoff win in 12.
Other Games: The Yankees beat the Orioles 5-2 thanks to a three-run Adam Jones error and a perfectly timed triple play. The Phillies beat the Marlins 3-1 in ten innings. The Blue Jays beat the Royals 8-4, but Jose Reyes' ankle injury was the real big news out of Kansas City. Hishashi Iwakuma and the Mariners beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers 3-1 in the battle of Japanese starters playing for AL West teams. The Diamondbacks shut out the Dodgers 3-0 as Pat Corbin outdueled Clayton Kershaw. The Rays and Red Sox were victims to Mother Nature.
What You Missed: Ian reviewed the new movie 42, the Jackie Robinson Story. Garrett broke out our first ever watchability rankings for this season. Carlos Carrasco got eight games for throwing at Kevin Youkilis, and Carlos Quentin got the same for charging the mound on Thursday night. Bob also broke down just who to blame for the brawl.
Today's Games: David Price takes on Jon Lester in Boston. Tim Hudson and Stephen Strasburg will duel in DC. Madison Bumgarner and the Giants take on Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs in Chicago. Chris Sale starts for the White Sox in Cleveland, while Matt Harvey starts for the Mets in Minnesota. Jason Hammel and Phil Hughes will go at it in New York. Yovani Gallardo takes on Adam Wainwright at Busch Stadium. Justin Verlander battles Brett Anderson in Oakland. Johnny Cueto and the Reds take on the Pirates. RA Dickey looks for his first win as a Blue Jay against James Shields and the Royals. The present meets the future in Miami, as Cole Hamels takes on Jose Fernandez. Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers take on Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks. Alexi Ogando starts for the Rangers in Seattle.
National TV: Rays-Red Sox (1:00, Fox), Braves-Nationals (1:00, Fox), Giants-Cubs (1:00, Fox), Reds-Pirates (7:00, MLB Network), Phillies-Marlins (7:00, MLB Netwrok [alternate]).
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.