Dugout Digest – closers having issues

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First, it was Sean Marshall allowing a three run homer to Angel Pagan in the ninth to propel the Giants to a 6-5 win over the Reds. Next, it was Brandon Allen of the Rays launching a moonshot two run homer off of Angels closer Jordan Walden to give the Rays a 4-3 victory. Finally, Mets rookie Kirk Nieuwenheuis singled off of Heath Bell of the Marlins to give New York a 3-2 victory in a ninth inning that saw Bell walk four Mets hitters and throw 46 pitches. Moral of the story: closers are expendable. Bell was a huge acquistion for the Marlins this offseason, and Marshall was acquired by the Reds from the Cubs and given a long-term extension. And of course, both of them blow saves….these things happen sometimes.

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Game of the Night: Mariners 5, Tigers 4. Seattle got three in the first on a Justin Smoak homer, and added another in the fourth on a Miguel Olivo homer (really). As they usually do though, the Tigers fought back, and tacked four on over the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at four. The Mariners didn’t take that sitting down, and Chone Figgins drove in Brendan Ryan with a double in the seventh to give Seattle a 5-4 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Brandon League put a couple of men on in the ninth, but got a game-ending double play from Alex Avila to end the game.

Pitching Line of the Night: In a win against the Nationals, Edinson Volquez was the pitching star of the night, as he allowed just one run over seven innings, along with three hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. All that prevented him from a scoreless outing was a Jayson Werth solo homer. Opposing him was Edwin Jackson, who went 6 2/3 scoreless, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out six. 

Hitting Line of the Night: A pair of Red Sox are at the top of this category. In their 10-3 win over the White Sox, Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 2/4 with a pair of homers and three RBI, while Kevin Youkilis went 3/4 with a homer and four RBI. But does he care now? Jay Bruce went 3/4 for the Reds with a homer and two RBI, while Mark Trumbo went 2/4 for the Angels with a double, a homer, and two RBI.

Spotlight Series: Nothing right now. A new spotlight series will be revealed tomorrow afternoon.

Other Games: The Royals have a winning streak after a 4-2 win over the Indians. The Orioles completed a sweep of the Blue Jays behind Brian Matusz’s first good start of the year, and back to back homers by Adam Jones and Chris Davis. Phillip Humber wasn’t perfect again, and the Red Sox pounded him and the White Sox 10-3. San Diego used a pair of runs in the eighth to beat Washington 2-1.

Today’s Games: Justin Verlander goes for the Tigers against Ivan Nova of the Yankees. Roy Halladay goes for the Phillies against Paul Maholm of the Cubs. Brandon McCarthy vs Jake Arrieta is a solid matchup in Baltimore. Jered Weaver and Justin Masterson will be dueling in Cleveland. Tommy Hanson starts for the Braves against AJ Burnett. James Shields and Matt Harrison is a good game in Texas. Three stud NL West pitchers get starts in Drew Pomeranz, Clayton Kershaw, and Cory Luebke.

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.

Joe Lucia

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and an associate editor at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is smack dab in the middle of some of the best (and worst) sports fans in the country.

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