MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 5/3
|Last Night’s Games|
|Texas 4||Oakland 5|
|New York 5||Detroit 3|
|Los Angeles 5||Boston 9|
|Baltimore 2||Chicago 6|
|San Francisco 0||Washington 2|
|Milwaukee 2||Atlanta 6|
|Florida 6||St. Louis 5|
|Pittsburgh 4||San Diego 3|
|Chicago 2||Los Angeles 5|
Best of Yesterday May 2
A “Thrilla by Godzilla” gave the Athletics a walk off win over the Rangers. Hideki Matsui‘s 3rd homer of the season pulled the A’s within a game of the first place Rangers in the AL West. Josh Willingham had tied the game with a homer in the 8th off Arthur Rhodes.
Nick Swisher came through with a RBI hit in the 9th off Jose Valverde and Mariano Rivera closed out the Tigers to earn his 11th save for the Yankees. Alex Avila had a pair of solo homers for the Tigers in the loss.
The Nationals held the world champion Giants to 4 runs in their 4-game series. Tom Gorzelanny went 8 innings and Drew Storen saved his 6th game for the Nationals. Miguel Tejeda‘s two out error in the 7th inning led to both of the Nationals runs.
The Red Sox beat the formerly unbeaten Jered Weaver as they scored 6 in the 7th inning off the Angels bullpen to secure their win. Adrian Gonzalez‘ bases loaded double cleared the bases and David Ortiz hit his 3rd homer of the season in the 7th inning. Left fielders Carl Crawford and Vernon Wells finished the night batting .353; combined.
Alex Gonzalez doubled and drove in 3 runs while Jair Jurrjens held the Brewers to 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings to win his 3rd game for the Braves. Jurrjens’ is now 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA after 4 starts.
Paul Konerko hit 2 homers for the White Sox and Mark Buehrle won his 2nd game for the Sox. Sergio Santos came on for his 3rd save of the season. Chris Sale gave up a two-run homer to Derrek Lee in the 9th and there’s got to be some consideration to send him down to AAA to regain his confidence. Sale’s ERA is now 7.15 on the season.
Lance Berkman hit his 9th homer and drove in 4 runs for the Cardinals. But the Marlins got a sacrifice fly from Greg Dobbs in the 8th inning off Mitchell Boggs and Leo Nunez held on for his 10th save for the Fish. Gaby Sanchez hit a grand slam in the 3rd and Mike Stanton also hit his 4th homer for the Marlins in the win.
Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a RBI single in the 5th in the Dodgers win. Alfonso Soriano hit his MLB-leading 11th homer for the Cubs. Clayton Kershaw won his 3rd game and Jonathan Broxton threw a perfect 9th for his 7th save.
Garrett Jones and Chris Snyder each hit a pair of two-run homers for the Pirates in the 1st inning of their win. James McDonald won his second straight start with a solid 6 innings, giving up only 2 runs.
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Yovani Gallardo was beat up again for the Brewers. He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings thanks to 4 walks and 9 hits allowed. Gallardo is now up to five consecutive starts in which he has allowed at least 4 runs for a total of 26 1/3 innings and 26 earned runs allowed. The Brewers were hoping that facing the Braves would help to cure his pitching ills, but it was not to be. This is quickly becoming a major concern for the struggling Brewers.
Rehabbing news for the Rangers as Tommy Hunter will be starting on Wednesday in AA and Neftali Feliz will pitch an inning as well and could return to the Rangers on Friday.
Nick Markakis hurt his knee and hand during the Orioles loss on Monday night, but should be ready to go Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Dallas Braden continued to experience stiffness in his shoulder on Monday morning and could be headed to see the doctor again. The Athletics have been fortunate to have Tyson Ross pitch well in Braden’s absence. Ross pitches again on Tuesday night.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell has adjusted fairly well in his first month as manager, but still has major issues with his starting pitching that needs to be addressed.
The Reds and Astros were rained out on Monday and will make up the game on Thursday afternoon. Homer Bailey is now expected to return to the Reds’ rotation to start Thursday’s game.
The Giants‘ Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday on his right hand. He’s expected to be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately for the Giants, that means more of the ultra-struggling Miguel Tejada at third base with Mark DeRosa also on the DL.
Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner appear to be two to three weeks away from returning for the Cubs. The Cubs desperately need them to return as Ryan Dempster has really struggled and Monday’s starter, James Russell, has gotten lit up in his three starts.
Streaks of the Day
- Dodgers Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games
Top Tuesday Matchups
7:05 EDT Nationals (Hernandez 3-2, 3.23) at Phillies (Hamels 3-1, 3.13)
7:10 EDT Angels (Haren 4-1, 1.23) at Red Sox (Lester 3-2, 3.57)
7:10 EDT Brewers (Estrada 1-0, 3.00) at Braves (Hanson 3-3, 2.57)
8:15 EDT Marlins (Sanchez 1-1, 3.86) at Cardinals (McClellan 4-0, 3.23)
10:05 EDT Indians (Carmona 2-3, 5.15) at Athletics (Ross 1-2, 2.76)
Yesterday’s Balks: 0