MLB Daily Balk Morning Rundown 5/4
|Last Night’s Games|
|Toronto 2||Tampa Bay 3|
|New York 2||Detroit 4|
|Los Angeles 3||Boston 7|
|Minnesota 1||Chicago 0|
|Baltimore 5||Kansas City 6|
|Cleveland 4||Oakland 1|
|Texas 3||Seattle 4|
|Washington 1||Philadelphia 4|
|Houston 10||Cincinnati 4|
|San Francisco 7||New York 6|
|Florida 5||St. Louis 7|
|Colorado 3||Arizona 4|
|Pittsburgh 5||San Diego 6|
|Chicago 4||Los Angeles 1|
Best of Yesterday May 3
Francisco Liriano put aside his season-long struggles as he no-hit the White Sox and broke the Twins into double digits for wins this season. Liriano benefitted from a phantom tag at first base on a double play to end the 8th inning and then walked Juan Pierre in the 9th before getting Adam Dunn to line to short to end the game. Liriano walked 6 batters and only struck out 2, but completed his first start of his career and gave the Twins their first no-hitter since Eric Milton on September 11, 1999 against the Angels. Jason Kubel provided the only run of the game with a homer in the 4th inning.
BJ Upton hit a 2-run walkoff homer for the Rays off the Blue Jays‘ Jon Rauch. Evan Longoria returned to the Rays lineup and went 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
Brad Penny scattered 6 hits and gave up an unearned run to the Yankees in 6 innings to earn his 2nd win of the season for the Tigers, who ended their 7-game losing streak. Scott Sizemore was called up to replace Will Rhymes and went 3 for 4 with a double. Mark Teixeira hit his 8th homer in the 8th inning of the loss.
Cole Hamels gave up a homer to Michael Morse in the 7th inning and that’s all he gave up in his complete game win for the Phillies. Hamels is now 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA and went 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple. Raul Ibanez ended his epic 0 for 35 skid with a 2 for 4 performance.
Jon Lester was dominating as he struck out 11 in 7 innings, giving up only a solo homer to Mike Trumbo to get his 4th win of the season for the Red Sox. The Sox hit 3 homers (Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Marco Scutaro) in the 8th inning to seal the win.
Aubrey Huff hit a 10th inning homer for the Giants and Brian Wilson shut the door for his 9th save of the season against the Mets. Jose Reyes reached safely in all 6 plate appearances for the Mets with a 3 for 3 performance and he walked 3 more times. Carlos Beltran added a 3-run homer and Ike Davis hit his 6th homer in the loss.
Jeff Francoeur homered to tie the game in the 6th inning and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th with a sacrifice fly as the Royals win and go to 13-5 at home on the season. Luke Scott had a 3-run homer for the Orioles in the loss.
Daniel Descalso hit a 3-run homer in the 7th inning to give the Cardinals the lead and eventual win over the Marlins. Eduardo Sanchez appears to be Tony LaRussa‘s closer of choice as the 22-year old rookie saved his 2nd game of the season. Matt Holliday hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning for the Cards and Gaby Sanchez went 4 for 5 in the loss for the Marlins.
Justin Upton countered his brother BJ’s walk off homer with a solo homer in the 8th inning to cap a 3 for 4 night and give the Diamondbacks the win over the Rockies. Xavier Nady drove in two runs and JJ Putz is now 7 for 7 in save opportunities for the D’backs. Carlos Gonzalez hit his 2nd homer for the Rockies in the loss.
Fausto Carmona shutdown the Athletics for 8 innings, giving up one run, and the Cabrera’s knocked in 3 runs in the 9th to give the Indians the win. The Tribe is the first team to reach 20 wins in the majors this season and have won 7 straight, again.
Justin Smoak tied the game in the 8th and Jack Cust drove in the go-ahead run as the Mariners won their 6th out of 7 to pull to 2 games back of the Rangers. Smoak went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Brandon League saved his 8th game in as many opportunities.
Carlos Pena tied the game at 1 for the Cubs in the 7th inning with his first homer and Jonathan Broxton threw only 3 strikes in 11 pitches as he only retired one batter and walked two before the Dodgers pulled him in the 9th inning. After Broxton departed, Geovany Soto doubled home two runs to give the Cubs the lead and eventual win. The good news for the Dodgers is that Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 29 games.
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Mike Leake got hit hard again in the 10-4 loss to the Astros. Leake gave up 7 runs in only 3 2/3 innings and his ERA has risen to 5.77 on the season. With Leake’s much publicized legal issues and Homer Bailey‘s return to the Reds rotation on Thursday, it doesn’t take an active imagination to speculate that Leake could be headed to the minors for the first time in his career if he has some more bad starts. The Reds probably wouldn’t consider it until Johnny Cueto returns from the DL.
The Rays have designated Felipe Lopez for assignment to make room for Evan Longoria on the roster. Manager Joe Maddon has also rearranged the starting rotation to setup David Price to start on Thursday.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has shifted shortstop Alexi Casilla to second base and would like to see prospect Trevor Plouffe come up to play shortstop. After Tuesday night’s game, the Twins placed Jim Thome on the DL and called up Plouffe.
JJ Hardy is expected to begin his rehab assignment on Friday and could be back with the Orioles early next week.
Magglio Ordonez is having problems with his right leg and it’s causing him to hit off of his front leg, eliminating his power. The Tigers can’t really afford to have Ordonez’ production, or lack of, in the lineup much longer.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel thinks that Chase Utley should go to Florida to continue his rehab for his knee.
Tony LaRussa has no plans to move shortstop Ryan Theriot to second base despite Theriot’s early season struggles in the field. Allen Craig started at third base for the injured David Freese and was hitting second on Tuesday night.
The Nationals‘ Ryan Zimmerman had successful surgery on his abdomen and will be out until June.
The Giants have discussed recalling first baseman Brandon Belt from AAA amidst their anemic offensive production. Andres Torres and Mark DeRosa are progressing in their recovery from injuries and Torres could be back on Friday.
The Astros‘ Carlos Lee was unable to play against the Reds on Tuesday night due to bruised ribs suffered in a collision on Sunday with teammate Angel Sanchez. With Lee’s diminishing production, sitting him for a few days might not be that bad, especially if Jason Bourgeois continues to hit in Lee’s absence.
The Diamondbacks are continuing their revolving door at first base as Juan Miranda, Russell Branyan, Xavier Nady have all gotten time at first. Manager Kirk Gibson is obviously not convinced that any of them are a potential long term solution. Branyan and Nady have to be potential trade pieces in the coming months if teams, especially American League teams, experience injuries or need platoon production at DH.
Streaks of the Day
- Dodgers Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 29 games
Top Wednesday Matchups
3:10 EDT Cubs (Zambrano 3-1, 4.91) at Dodgers (Lilly 2-2, 4.45)
7:05 EDT Yankees (Garcia 1-1, 2.00) at Tigers (Scherzer 4-0, 3.82)
Game 2 (DH) Brewers (Greinke 0-0, 0.00) at Braves (Hudson 3-2, 3.48)
10:05 EDT Indians (Tomlin 4-0, 2.45) at Athletics (Cahill 4-0, 1.88)
10:10 EDT Rangers (Wilson 3-1, 3.35) at Mariners (Pineda 4-1, 2.01)
Yesterday’s Balks: 0