MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 4/26
Best of Yesterday April 25
Phil Humber took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the Yankees on Monday night and with the help of the bullpen, the White Sox held on to win 2-0. Humber only allowed one hit and two walks in his 7 innings. Sergio Santos got the call from Ozzie Guillen to close the game and he recorded his first save of the season. Santos is probably the favorite to get the next opportunity as well.
Newly acquired Brandon Wood paid dividends in his first start for the Pirates in their 4-2 win over the Nationals. Wood hit a two-run double in the 4th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
The Marlins scored once in the 8th and then twice in the 9th inning to comeback and beat the Dodgers on Monday night 5-4. Chris Coghlan went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 runs scored. Hanley Ramirez came off the bench to get a pinch hit in the 9th and scored the game winning run on Omar Infante‘s single off Jonathan Broxton. That was Broxton’s first blown save of 2011.
Jose Bautista hit his AL leading 8th homer and the Blue Jays hit two more homers in their 6-run 5th inning to beat the Rangers 6-4 on Monday night.
Kosuke Fukodome went 5 for 5 for the Cubs, but they lost to the Rockies 5-3 in a rain soaked game on Monday at Wrigley. The Cubs hurt themselves with 4 errors; including 3 by shortstop Starlin Castro and only one of the Rockies runs were earned. Anybody who saw this game has to wonder how MLB continues to play through games in conditions like these.
Ryan Braun hit his NL leading 8th homer in the 9th inning of the Brewers 9-5 loss to the Reds on Monday night. Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs each had 3 hits and 2 runs scored for the Reds. The Reds changed up their lineup and actually had Phillips hitting cleanup. The Brewers’ Casey McGehee was injured on the final out of the game and appeared to be holding his left thumb.
Ian Kennedy completely shut down the Phillies on Monday night. Kennedy struck out 10 and only gave up 3 hits for the Diamondbacks. Chris Young hit a huge homer in the 3rd off Cliff Lee and the D’backs never trailed. Lee had 12 strikeouts, but gave up 4 runs in 7 innings.
Jered Weaver became the majors’ first six-game winner as the Angels beat the Athletics 5-0 on Monday night. Weaver got the complete game shutout and lowered his ERA to 0.99 to go with his 6-0 record on the season. Coco Crisp had 3 of the 7 A’s hits on the night.
Ryan Ludwick‘s second homer of the night won the game for the Padres over the Braves in the 13th inning. The Padres relied on great relief pitching as their bullpen threw 7 scoreless innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 4 hits with no walks. For the Braves, Jason Heyward hit his 6th homer of the season in the 5-3 loss.
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Shortstops in the nine games played on Monday combined to commit 7 errors, including three in one inning by the Cubs‘ Starlin Castro. Along with Castro’s errors, Ian Desmond of the Nationals, Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers, Paul Janish of the Reds, and Cliff Pennington of the A’s all committed an error each. Carroll’s error led to the Dodgers loss in Florida.
Three more teams suffered shutouts on Monday night including the Yankees, Phillies, and Athletics. The A’s were shutout for the third time in 5 games.
The Yankees‘ Phil Hughes has suffered a setback and will go for tests on Tuesday. According to Mark Feinsand, it’s not just his arm that’s going to be looked at.
The Angels are learning quickly that Vernon Wells swings early and often in his at-bats. If they looked at his numbers before trading for him, they would have seen his .329 career OBP. The Angels called up the PCL’s leading hitter, Alexi Amarista, who was hitting .455 at Salt Lake City. The middle infielder was a career .320 hitter in four minor league seasons before this year.
The Mariners lead the majors in games where they’ve scored 3 or fewer runs and are only 3-12 in those games. The good news, so far, has been that their pitching has been pretty solid.
Going into Monday night’s game, the Braves‘ Nate McLouth had settled into the 8 hole nicely. McLouth was hitting over .300 in the past week hitting 8th.
The Marlins‘ Logan Morrison had his cast removed on Monday and has been cleared to work on the exercise bike. The good news is that the Marlins haven’t missed him much due to their winning play since he went down.
The Pirates first pick in last year’s draft, Jameson Taillon, is scheduled to make his professional debut on Wednesday against the player picked ahead of him, Bryce Harper of the Nationals.
Streaks of the Day
- Dodgers Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to a MLB record for April 22 games
- Rangers Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 15 games
Top Tuesday Matchups
7:05 EDT Red Sox (Buchholz 1-2, 5.31) at Orioles (Britton 3-1, 3.16)
7:05 EDT Giants (Cain 2-1, 3.42) at Pirates (Morton 2-1, 3.33)
7:05 EDT Mariners (Hernandez 2-2, 3.38) at Tigers (Coke 1-3, 2.75)
8:05 EDT Blue Jays (Litsch 1-1, 3.63) at Rangers (Harrison 3-1, 1.88)
10:05 EDT Braves (Jurrjens 1-0, 0.69) at Padres (Harang 4-0, 1.88)
Yesterday’s Balks: 2
- Chris Narveson of the Brewers against the Reds
- Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks against the Phillies