Baltimore 7, Boston 6
Despite their best efforts, Baltimore’s bullpen could not blow another save. The Orioles scored 3 runs in the top of the tenth to take a 7-4 lead, then the bullpen let up 5 hits in the bottom half of the inning, but only 2 men scored and the Orioles held on for the 1-run win.
Arizona 8, Philadelphia 6
Speaking of terrible bullpens so far. Kyle Kendrick ran up his scoreless innings streak to 12, before falling back to earth with a 5 run 5th. Kelly Johnson and Mark Reynolds each homered off Kendrick for the D-backs, who tacked on three more against the Phillies pen for the victory. The D-backs now lead the league in HR, SLG and are second in OPS.
Nationals 1, Dodgers 0
I would have been very skeptical that Nyjer Morgan could score as the Nationals first batter and that would be enough to win the game. In fact, that’s exactly what happened. Scott Olsen gave up no runs through 7 innings with 8 Ks against 1 BB and the bullpen finished off the shutout for the Nats.
Indians 0, A’s 11
Justin Masterson had been good coming into yesterday’s start, but allowed 7 runs in 4 innings of work. Obviously, the pathetic Indians offense(worst OPS in AL, only better than Houston in MLB) was not going to come up with enough runs to help out Masterson. Masterson still has a good FIP and his HR/FB ratio is very high early on with a low strand rate, though I would like to see him cut down on the walks.
Royals 4, Twins 3
Jose Guillen hit his 7th home run of the season and is now hitting .351/.372/.716 so far this season. The Royals got all 4 runs off Slowey in the first 6 innings then held on, with a scare from Soria, for the win.
Season-to-date: 22-26 +3.43
Runs: 189-214(.427) +.17
Today: Cleveland is taking on the historically overrated Angels today, that seems pretty automatic.
Atlanta in last place in the NL East and favored over the Cardinals on the road is interesting as well. Hudson has really not been all that good so far, with a 3.38 K/9, 3.38 BB/9, but I expect him to be better, and it’s not like Lohse is that good, either.
San Fran might be worth it, considering the hot start that Halladay is off to and the Nationals with Lannan on the hill should be an option against the Cubs.