MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 4/27
Zach Britton won his 4th game for the Orioles as they beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Tuesday night. The game’s loser, Clay Buchholz, continued to struggle as he dropped to 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA.
Justin Masterson won his 5th game and Jack Hannahan hit two homers for the Indians in their 9-4 win over the Royals. Grady Sizemore continued his blistering start that began late due to his recovery from knee surgery. In 8 games, Sizemore has 3 homers, 6 doubles and is hitting .406. Unfortunately, less than 10,000 fans saw the Indians go to 8-2 at home on the season.
Gavin Floyd pitched really well for the White Sox and Rafael Soriano struggled again in the 8th inning for the Yankees in the Sox 3-2 win. Floyd is now 3-1 and Sergio Santos picked up his second save in as many nights.
The Mets won their 5th straight game 6-4 over the Nationals on Tuesday night. Ike Davis had 3 hits and Francisco Rodriguez saved his fifth game. Wilson Ramos hit two homers in the loss for the Nats.
The Dodgers‘ Andre Ethier extended his MLB record hitting streak for April to 23 games with a double in the first inning against the Marlins on Tuesday night. But Clayton Kershaw struggled and the Marlins won 4-2.
The Blue Jays stopped Michael Young‘s hitting streak at 15 games and beat the Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night. Adam Lind blasted two homers, scored three times, and drove in five the Jays. Jesse Litsch got the win after being recalled from AAA for the start.
Todd Helton hit two homers for the Rockies in their 4-3 win over the Cubs. Jorge De La Rosa won his fourth game and lowered his ERA to 2.61. Alfonso Soriano hit his 7th homer of the season in the 9th innning for the Cubs.
Bill Hall drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th for the Astros in their 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Cards closer Mitchell Boggs blew his first save opportunity of the season. Lance Berkman went 2 for 5 with a RBI in his return to Houston.
Rickie Weeks‘ go-ahead solo homer in the 8th inning provided the margin of victory in the Brewers 3-2 win over the Reds. Ryan Braun hit his MLB leading 9th homer earlier.
The Diamondbacks beat the Phillies again, this time 7-5 on Tuesday night. Roy Oswalt struggled for the Phils as he only lasted 3 innings and gave up 5 runs. It was Oswalt’s first start without a strikeout since getting injured against the Nationals on July 11, 2008 while with the Astros. There was speculation after the game about his back.
The Angels 6-7-8-9 hitters (Howard Kendrick, Hank Conger, Peter Bourjos, and Alexi Amarista) went 9 for 15 with 6 runs and 6 RBI as they beat the Athletics 8-3. If those young hitters at the bottom of the order continue to hit, the Angels might have the best team in the AL.
Thanks to the 13 inning game on Monday night, the Braves used David Ross instead of Brian McCann at catcher on Tuesday night. All Ross did was hit two homers and drove in four runs in the 8-2 win over the Padres. Jair Jurrjens went the distance to win his 2nd game and lowered his ERA to 1.23.
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Out of the 8 players who started in the field for the Padres, only Nick Hundley ended the night with a batting average over .250.
The Pirates drew 9,832 to their game against the world champion Giants on Tuesday night. The first place Indians drew 9,650 to their game against the second place Royals. Four digit attendance figures are disappointing, even in April’s bad weather.
The Twins aren’t sure when Joe Mauer will be able to return. Mauer’s eligible to return on Thursday, but he still is working on his legs and might need a minor league rehab assignment.
Evan Longoria is on track to start a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday and return to the Rays next Tuesday. The Rays have done a pretty remarkable job of staying close in the AL East standings without their best everyday player for most of the season.
The Athletics‘ Josh Willingham missed Tuesday’s game with back stiffness. Also, catcher Kurt Suzuki is going on paternity leave on Wednesday and should only miss that game.
Phil Hughes underwent his tests on Tuesday and is still waiting on the results. The Yankees righty underwent tests on his elbow, shoulder, and also a circuit of vascular tests.
The Angels expect to activate starting pitcher Joel Pineiro by the weekend. Early speculation is that Pineiro would replace Matt Palmer from the rotation.
Despite last year’s Chris Coghlan postgame celebration that ended with Coghlan’s season over, Logan Morrison joined in with his teammates after the Marlins Monday night’s walk off win. Morrison had just gotten his cast off of his foot earlier in the day and manager Edwin Rodriguez wasn’t happy.
Xavier Paul has been claimed by the Pirates off waivers from the Dodgers. Paul is another former prospect that the Pirates have claimed this week. A few days ago, the Pirates claimed Brandon Wood from the Angels.
Lance Berkman, now a member of the Cardinals, returned to Houston on Tuesday night where he was met by criticism by the Astros‘ radio announcer. Berkman had injury problems in his final few seasons with the Astors and there were questions about his commitment to conditioning.
Jose Contreras is out for up to a month with his elbow problem for the Phillies. Good news for the Phils is that Dominic Brown will begin a minor league rehab stint in Clearwater on Wednesday.
Dodgers’ embattled owner Frank McCourt will be in New York on Wednesday to meet with MLB officials about his proposed TV deal with Fox.
The Mets GM Sandy Alderson is a former Marine who thinks that war clichés are overused in sports. Oorah.
The Padres have been using Cory Luebke out of the bullpen and he’s beginning to learn how to pitch out of the pen. Having a manager who experienced a similar role when he broke in has to help.
Streaks of the Day
- Dodgers Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to a MLB record for April 22 games
- Royals Alex Gordon extended his career long hitting streak to 19 games
- Royals Jeff Francouer extended his hitting streak to 15 games
Top Wednesday Matchups
12:10 EDT Dodgers (Billingsley 2-1, 4.13) at Marlins (Sanchez 1-1, 3.55)
3:35 EDT Braves (Hanson 2-3, 3.21) at Padres (Latos 0-3, 5.94)
7:05 EDT Red Sox (Beckett 2-1, 1.93) at Orioles (Guthrie 1-3, 3.12)
7:05 EDT Royals (Francis 0-2, 4.06) at Indians (Tomlin 3-0, 2.33)
7:05 EDT White Sox (Buehrle 1-2, 5.40) at Yankees (Colon 1-1, 3.50)
Yesterday’s Balks: 0