Felix Hernandez had an absolutely dominant performance last night against the Indians. He threw eight shutout innings, allowed five hits, walked just one hitter, and struck out 12. With the Mariners holding a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, it was time for Seattle’s Capital C closer, Brandon League. Of course, League allowed two hits and two walks, and with those four baserunners, two runs. Seattle lost the game 2-1, and Hernandez got a no decision despite a game score of 83. Yeah, because that makes perfect sense.
Game of the Night: Dodgers 4, Brewers 3. No game really stood out to me last night, so I went with this one, where the Dodgers got a much-needed victory to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Brewers. Aaron Harang followed his “nine in a row” game by striking out four over six innings, and oh, Matt Kemp homered again. Jamey Wright (really? Jamey Wright?) struck out five in two innings of relief, and Javy Guerra struck out two in a perfect ninth to close the game out.
Pitching Line of the Night: I already outlined Hernandez’s dominant performance, but I’ll also give some love to Vance Worley of the Phillies. He went seven shutout innings (albeit against the anemic Padres), and allowed just four hits while walking three, and struck out 11. Not bad at all. Mike Minor of the Braves and Josh Tomlin of the Indians also had good games, with Minor allowing two runs (one earned) over eight innings, walking none and striking out nine. Josh Tomlin of the Indians, who opposed Hernandez in his start, threw eight innings of one run ball, walking none and striking out seven.
Hitting Line of the Night: The Grandyman can! Curtis Granderson of the Yankees went 5/5 with three homers. He actually only drove in four runs and scored three though, so his three homer game was about as hollow as you could get. Freddie Freeman of the Braves broke out of his season-long funk by going 3/5 with a pair of homers and five RBI, a much-needed boost for the Braves.
Spotlight Series: The Rangers beat the hell out of the Tigers 10-3, as Yu Darvish allowed just one run in six 1/3 innings…but walked five while striking out five. Not good juju there. Adam Wilk didn’t exaactly pitch terribly for the Tigers, getting out of four innings with just three runs (two earned) on the board, despite allowing ten hits. Detroit’s bullpen imploded though, and that was that. Mike Napoli homered (again) for Texas, while Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and Nelson Cruz all had three hit games.
Other Games: The Orioles won their series over the White Sox behind a great start from Jason Hammel. The Marlins beat up on Jeff Samardzija early, and swept the Cubs after a 5-3 win. Despite Granderson’s three homers, the Yankees only beat the Twins 7-6. The Reds beat the Cardinals 6-3 to avoid a sweep. The Rays pounded the Blue Jays 9-4 to end a ten game road trip that saw them go 4-6. The Astros pounded the Nationals and Edwin Jackson 11-4. The A’s beat the struggling Angels 4-2. The Braves pounded Arizona 10-2. In a battle of crappy offenses, the Phillies beat the Padres 2-0.
Today’s Games: YANKEES VS RED SOX OMG! Nova vs Buchholz in the first overhyped game of the year between those two. The surprising Kyle Drabek starts for the Blue Jays against the Royals. Brandon Beachy and Trevor Cahill is a solid matchup in the desert.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.