The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Josh Tomlin went 7 innings, out-dueling Josh Beckett and the struggling Red Sox. The Indians took the lead for good on a Jack Hannahan RBI-single that scored Orlando Cabrera. Carlos Santana added a sac fly and Chris Perez earned his first save and Tony Sipp earned his first hold. The Red Sox are winless after four games and Carl Crawford had another tough ballgame in which he was hitless.
The Brewers only run came on a Ryan Braun single that plated one run and was just out of the reach of a diving Chipper Jones. Yovani Gallardo was the whole damn show, going the complete 9-innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out just 2 for his first win of the year and to get the Brewers in the win column. Nyjer Morgan had three hits including a triple.
Rafael Soriano picked a bad day to have an off night, and it cost the Yankees the game. Mark Texeira homered for the fourth time on the year, and C.C. Sabathia went 7 shutout innings; but it wasn’t enough to propel the Yankees past the upstart Twins who got a solid 9th inning out of Joe Nathan for his first save and a bases clearing double by Delmon Young to tie the game at 4. Joe Mauer singled in the top of the 10th with what would drive in the game-winning run.
Clayton Kershaw was good, but the Rockies were better on this night. Kershaw fanned 8 Rockies, but Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Ianetta touched him for home runs and the Rockies got a quality outing from Jhoulys Chacin who went 7 innings, striking out four and only walking two.
The Royals got another big game out of Alex Gordon to begin the year on a roaring 4-1 start. Melky Cabrera singled to score Chris Getz in the bottom of the 12th and the Royals had another late inning win. Adam Dunn had emergency appendectomy surgery following the game, so he’s going to miss some time. The win went to Jeremy Jeffress, the first of his Major League career.