MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 5/6
|Last Night’s Games|
|New York 3||Detroit 6|
|Toronto 1||Tampa Bay 3|
|Los Angeles 11||Boston 0|
|Baltimore 1||Kansas City 9|
|Cleveland 4||Oakland 3|
|Texas 1||Seattle 3|
|Houston 4||Cincinnati 10|
|San Francisco 2||New York 5|
|Florida 3||St. Louis 6|
|Washington 3||Philadelphia 7|
|Milwaukee 1||Atlanta 2|
|Colorado 2||Arizona 3|
Best of Yesterday May 5
Jay Bruce provided the offense, going 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 runs scored and Homer Bailey pitched well in his 2011 debut for the Reds. Bailey only gave up 1 run in 6 innings to earn the win over the Astros.
The Tigers snapped their 7-game losing streak on Tuesday and won their third straight against the Yankees on Thursday. Brennan Boesch, the new # 3 hitter, went 2 for 3 with a homer and 3 RBI and Rick Porcello gave up only 2 runs in 7 innings to earn his 2nd win for the Tigers.
Carlos Beltran hit his 5th homer and Mike Pelfrey put together a rare quality start to win for the Mets. The Mets really benefitted from the Giants‘ Jonathan Sanchez‘ lack of control with his 6 walks.
David Price shutdown the Blue Jays for 8 innings and allowed an unearned run in the 9th for his 4th win of the season. Price struck out 10 and walked none in another masterpiece. Remember when the Rays were 1-8? Well, they’re 16-6 since and a game out of first.
The Angels got the wakeup call and the Red Sox didn’t as they played a day game following their 2:45 AM finish on Thursday morning. Joel Pineiro and the rest of the Angels pitchers were effective enough to shutout the Sox and rookie Mike Trumbo blasted his 6th homer off former Angel John Lackey.
The Cardinals waited out Josh Johnson and roughed him up late in the game, punctuated by an 8th inning 3-run homer by Lance Berkman off reliever Mike Dunn with two of Johnson’s runners on base. Eduardo Sanchez came on for his 3rd save in as many chances.
Bruce Chen continued his career renaissance with 7 strong innings to earn his 4th win for the Royals and Melky Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a homer, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. The Royals have benefitted from a favorable schedule that has had them play 20 games at home already, but they’ve capitalized with 14 wins at Kauffman Stadium.
Jack Hannahan drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning and Lou Marson drove in Hannahan with a much needed insurance run for the Indians in their MLB-leading 21st win of the season. Ryan Sweeney had a 5 for 6 day for the Athletics as he drove in the tying run in the 8th inning to send the game to extra innings and then drove in another run in the 12th, but it wasn’t enough.
Roy Halladay won his 5th game with a 10 strikeout, 0 walk performance and Raul Ibanez went 3 for 4 again with another homer for the Phillies. Ibanez had a 0 for 35 streak going at the beginning of the series and proceeded to go 8 for 12 with 2 homers and 3 doubles against the Nationals in 3 games.
The Braves continue to haunt Milwaukee as they swept the Brewers in their 4-game series despite an admirable effort by Shawn Marcum. Brandon Beachy pitched well but it was Jonny Venters who picked up the win after Martin Prado blasted the go-ahead homer in the 8th.
Justin Upton got his 2nd walk off hit this week for the Diamondbacks as he blooped a single in front of Rockies RF Seth Smith to drive in Chris Young in the 11th inning. The game only went to extra innings because Huston Street blew his first save of the season by allowing home runs to Gerardo Parra and Chris Young in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 2. The Rockies’ players called it the toughest loss of the season.
Justin Smoak continued his very good early season hitting with a 3 for 4 night that included a solo homer for the Mariners. Jason Vargas pitched well and got his 2nd win and Brandon League earned his 9th save. Colby Lewis went the distance in the loss and struck out 11 for the Rangers.
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Mike Dunn of the Marlins came into the game in the 8th inning to face Lance Berkman with two runners on base on Thursday afternoon. Dunn had pitched 2 perfect innings of relief on Wednesday night and one wonders why manager Edwin Rodriguez would go to Dunn in that situation so soon after his extended effort on Wednesday. The result was a 3-run homer by Lance Berkman and the Marlins lost the game. The Marlins are going to need better judgment by Rodriguez if they’re going to compete with the Braves and Phillies to win the NL East.
Chris Tillman got lit up again for the Orioles and manager Buck Showalter needs the 23-year old to regain his confidence in AAA. It’s still early in the season and Tillman just appears to be overmatched so far this season. He’s started 6 games and only has 27 2/3 innings with 22 earned runs in those games. It’s not his strikeouts, walks, or homers allowed that’s hurting him. It’s his opponents’ batting average that is at .314. If the O’s aren’t willing to send Tillman back to the minors, then they at least have to consider moving him into a middle relief role until he gets a better feel for major league hitters. Logging less than 5 innings per start is a sure way to destroy a bullpen.
The Royals are calling up top prospect Eric Hosmer as they get serious about competing in the AL Central race this season.
The Angels and Red Sox marathon game on Wednesday night was the longest in Fenway Park’s history. Red Sox owner John Henry was passing out free coffee and hot chocolate to the fans who remained to the end.
Jose Bautista went back to Toronto early and the Blue Jays aren’t sure when he’ll be available to play again due to his stiff neck.
The Cubs are having issues with their starting pitching and they could turn to journeyman lefty Doug Davis. Davis is pitching in A-ball for the Cubs and could be activated to start on May 14.
The Astros’ Bill Hall got tossed by home plate umpire Tom Hallion and didn’t have anything flattering to say about the veteran ump after the game. Also, the Astros placed struggling closer Brandon Lyon on the DL on Thursday.
Roy Oswalt returned to the Phillies and should be good to start on Saturday against the Braves. Also, despite his starting success, Vance Worley is likely headed back to AAA when Joe Blanton returns. The Phils really need a good stretch from Blanton when he returns in order to entice a potential trade partner to take Blanton’s contract, or a significant part of it.
Nyjer Morgan just came off the DL for the Brewers and is headed back to the DL after breaking his middle finger on his left hand. Morgan has provided a much needed spark at the top of the order that is absent with Carlos Gomez. The Brewers haven’t been able to put it all together yet this season and continued injuries and performances like Yovani Gallardo‘s threatens their chances in the NL Central.
The Diamondbacks got a homer from pitcher Barry Enright on Wednesday and sent him to AAA on Thursday. The problem hasn’t been Enright’s hitting, but his poor pitching. The D’backs activated Aaron Heilman from the DL.
Top Friday Matchups
7:05 EDT Braves (Lowe 2-3, 3.72) at Phillies (Lee 2-2, 3.66)
7:05 EDT Rays (Shields 2-1, 2.14) at Orioles (Britton 5-1, 2.63)
8:15 EDT Brewers (Wolf 3-2, 2.39) at Cardinals (Garcia 3-0, 2.48)
10:10 EDT White Sox (Humber 2-3, 3.06) at Mariners (Hernandez 3-2, 3.21)
10:15 EDT Rockies (Jimenez 0-2, 7.20) at Giants (Cain 2-2, 3.28)
Yesterday’s Balks: 2
- Chris Tillman of the Orioles against the Royals
- Brett Anderson of the A’s against the Indians