The Giants threw their fourth straight shutout last night, beating the Reds 5-0 behind a complete game one-hitter from Madison Bumgarner. Combined with three straight shutouts against the Dodgers earlier this week, the Giants are just on an unreal roll right now. Their bullpen has gotten some time off as well, throwing a total of just six innings over the past four games. And with the Dodgers falling again last night (this time to the Mets, 3-2), the Giants are now all alone in first place in the NL West. This month, the Giants are 17-9 and have allowed just 89 runs in 26 games, or an average of 3.4 per game. That's pretty damn good. However, the Giants need to look in their rearview mirror, and not necessarily for the Giants. The Arizona Diamondbacks are 15-9 this month, and just five games out of first place in the division. This race is now getting real, after looking like a joke in April.
Game of the Night: White Sox 4, Yankees 3. Ivan Nova had a good start wtih the Yankees, giving up just one run in seven innings on a solo homer from Alejandro De Aza. The Yankees answered in the fifth with back to back RBI doubles by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano off of Dylan Axlerod to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. They'd add a third run in the eighth on a Mark Teixeira solo homer. With Mariano Rivera out, Joe Girardi went with an odd format in the ninth. Cody Eppley started the inning, and allowed a single to Alex Rios. He was pulled, and replaced with Clay Rapada, who got AJ Pierzynski to ground into a fielders choice…but everyone was safe thanks to an error on Rapada. His night was over after one batter, and closer David Robertson was finally inserted….and he allowed a go-ahead three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead. Addison Reed finished the Yankees off in the ninth, and the White Sox got a stunning 4-3 win.
Pitching Lines of the Night: Hello, Madison Bumgarner. The Giants' young ace threw a complete game, one-hit shutout last night against the Reds, allowing two walks and eight strikeouts as well in the 5-0 San Francisco win. Felix Hernandez and Franklin Morales had a hell of a pitcher's duel in Seattle, but Hernandez came out on top, throwing a complete game shutout of his own, giving up five hits and striking out 13 Red Sox hitters while walking just one. Seattle got a 1-0 walkoff win thanks to a John Jaso RBI single in the ninth. Morales on the other hand, shut the Mariners out over seven innings, allowing three hits and two walks, and striking out seven. Not bad for a scrap heap pickup. Padres starter Andrew Cashner had a no hitter through 6 1/3, but eventually allowed a pair of hits and a pair of runs, walking one and striking out nine in 6 1/3, getting a no-decision in San Diego's eventual 7-3 win.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Tyler Colvin continues to thrive in the mountains, going 4/6 in Colorado's 11-10 win (in 11 innings) over the Nationals, driving in five and falling just a double shy of the cycle. Former Angels and current Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis got some vengeance on his former team, going 4/4 with three runs, a double, and a homer, but the Jays still fell 9-7. Albert Pujols went 4/5 with three runs and two doubles in that game, and has finally gotten his groove back. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers went 4/5 in Detroit's 5-2 win over the struggling Rays, driving in a pair, doubling, and homering.
Other Games: The Indians hit three homers in a 7-2 win in Baltimore. The Pirates edged the Phillies 5-4, and AJ Burnett has won his eighth straight start. The Diamondbacks edged the Braves 3-2 on a ninth inning solo homer by Chris Young off of the once infallible Craig Kimbrel. The Rangers edged the A's 7-6, despite another mediocre start from Scott Feldman. Chris Young outdueled Chris Capuano, and the Mets beat the Dodgers 3-2.
Today's Games: Derek Lowe takes on Jake Arrieta in Baltimore. Adam Warren will make his major league debut for the Yankees against Jose Quintana, who's allowed one run in his last 21 1/3 innings. Cliff Lee looks for his first win of the year in Miami against Josh Johnson. Ian Kennedy starts for the Diamondbacks in Milwaukee. Justin Verlander takes on David Price in Tampa Bay in an extremely awesome matchup. Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals as they host the Pirates. RA Dickey starts for the Mets in Los Angeles. Matt Cain starts for the Giants, who continue their series with the Reds.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.