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Box Score Review- April 12, 2011

April 11th, 2011

Texas Rangers 2

 Detroit Tigers 0

Thus far, former relief pitcher Alexi Ogando’s transition to starter has been excellent as he threw seven shut out innings, but was removed from the game in the seventh with a finger injury.   Justin Verlander was not quite as sharp, but still served up a complete game only allowing two runs.   Detroit had a shot at tying in the ninth with two runners on base and Victor Martinez batting, but Neftali Feliz shut the door.   What an amazing pitcher’s duel between these two high-powered offenses!

Tampa Bay Rays 16

Boston Red Sox 5         

With only 20 runs scored in their first nine games, the Tampa Rays were starting to feel the heat.   They rolled Dike-K for seven runs in two innings and continued the onslaught against Boston’s bullpen.   Former Bosox Johnny Damon left his struggles behind and led the Rays’ charge with three hits including a solo homer, while Sam Fuld fell short of the cycle by only a single. Rays’ starter Jeremy Hellickson was decent as he went 5 1-3 innings, but walked five.  Time will tell if this Rays’ win was merely a fluke, or a rebound in the right direction.

                     

Colorado Rockies 7

New York Mets 6

Rockies‘ starter Jason Hammel and Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey both pitched moderately, but the bullpen was the difference in the eighth inning.   The top of Colorado’s order combined for nine hits including a homerun from Troy Tulowitzki.   The Mets rallied in the bottom of the eighth with David Wright’s solo shot, but came up short as Huston Street successfully closed his 5th game of the year. Seth Smith is now getting regular playing time and may be a worthy grab if his production continues.

Chicago Cubs 5

Houston Astros 4

Cubs’ starter Rick Dempster carved up the Stros’ with nine K’s, but began to unravel in the sixth inning. Chicago’s top of the lineup of Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, and Marlon Byrd tallied seven of the team’s eight hits.   Houston fought back in the seventh with Bill Hall’s inside the park homerun and Angel Sanchez’ two run shot. Carlos Marmol entered in the bottom of the eight and closed his fourth game of the year.

St Louis Cardinals 8

Arizona Diamondbacks 2

Former relief pitcher Kyle McClellan threw six innings with one run allowed, but did surrender seven hits and four walks.  “Prince” Albert’s struggles continues, but veteran Lance Berkman knocked two out of the park.   Lance Berkman’s injury and age concerns caused him to fall deep in drafts, but he still may have 30 HR power.

Cincinnatti Reds 3

San Diego Padres 2

It appeared Edinson Volquez was on the brink of another nightmare outing as he allowed two runs in the first inning, but was able to find his rhythm to for the next five innings. Matt Latos returned from the DL for his first start of the season and seemed to stroll through the Reds until the fourth and fifth innings where Jonny Gomes and Chris Heisey took him deep. This was enough as Cincinnatti improved their record to 7-3.   Latos looked solid most of the game so owner should not worry about his shoulder injury.  

Oakland A’s 2

Chicago White Sox 1

Veteran Mark Buehrle and young ace Dallas Braden dueled, but it appeared the White Sox right fielder Brent Lillibridge’s solo shot may be the difference.  Then, Chicago’s bullpen’s struggles reared their ugly head as Matt Thornton blew another save with a game-tying error by Juan Pierre.   A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki hit the go-ahead homerun in the tenth to knock off the ChiSox.   Keep a watchful eye on Chicago’s closer situation as Thornton is 0 for 3 in save attempts.

Cleveland Indians 4

Los Angeles Angels 0

Cleveland right hander Mitch Talbot cruised through the Halos with eight innings of shut out ball. Indians’ shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera continued his suprising power stroke with his fourth homerun of the season in the first inning, while Matt LaPorta added a three run shot in the second.   Cleveland’s early Cinderella season continued as they improved their record to 8-2.

Toronto Blue Jays 7

Seattle Mariners 8

Toronto starter Jesse Litsch threw five shutout innings and left the game with a 7-0 lead as Corey Patterson recorded his first homerun of the season filling in for Rajai Davis.   However, Seattle’s bats woke up to score eight runs in the final three innings including a homerun from Milton Bradley.   Seattle’s offense continues to struggle, but don’t discount several of their streaky sluggers including Justin Smoak and Milton Bradley.

Los Angeles Dodgers 6

San Francisco Giants 1

Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw dominated San Francisco’s feeble offense with 6 2-3 shutout innings.   Matt Kemp, Jamey Carroll, and Andre Ethier provided the offense along with a solo shot from Rod Barajas.   Pat Burrell’s ninth inning homerun was all that the Giants’ could muster up. Dodgers’ shortstop Rafael Furcal broke this thumb and is likely on his way to yet another DL stint. The Dodgers’ offense has looked better than last year, especially Matt Kemp who seems to have returned to form and may have a shot at 30-30.  

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