The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Florida Marlins 6, Atlanta Braves 5
I watched this game in its entirety on MLB.tv, and the Braves are struggling mightily. On nights when they get pitching, they’re not getting much offense. The nights they string together some hits, like last night, they’re just not getting enough outs. Chris Coghlan‘s catch of a Brooks Conrad bases loaded line drive saved the game for the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 3, getting on base five times. Brian McCann hit a 3-run home run and Gaby Sanchez hit his first.
New York Yankees 6, Baltimore Orioles 5
Kevin Gregg blew the save for the Orioles in the 9th, and the Yankees won the game in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Nick Swisher to give Mariano Rivera his first win of the young season. Joba Chamberlain had a crucial 1 and 2/3 of scoreless baseball that he threw to set up the game for Rivera. Jorge Posada hit his 5th home run of the season while Nick Markakis hit his second.
Kansas City Royals 5, Seattle Mariners 1 (8)
Bruce Chen improved to 2-0 while Doug Fister dropped to 0-3 on the season. Wilson Betemit homered on this rainy night, and Alex Gordon got another big hit driving in two with a double. Both pitchers got credit for the complete game. The Mariners ran out Adam Kennedy as their clean-up man, and he had the lone RBI for the now 4-9 M’s.
Houston Astros 1, San Diego Padres 0
Micheal Bourn plated the only run of this ballgame in the 6th inning, scoring Humberto Quintero on an RBI single. Bud Norris threw six innings of shutout baseball, walking three and striking out seven. He was just a little bit better than Dustin Moseley, who went 6 and 2/3 striking out one and walking two. The Padres had only three hits on the day, one belonging to Orlando Hudson who stole his 6th base of the season.
Detroit Tigers 3, Oakland Athletics 0
The A’s continue to lack offensive firepower, getting blanked by Phil Coke over his 7 innings of work and collecting only three hits on the day. Ramon Santiago had two hits for the Tigers, driving in a run and scoring a run. The Tigers collected only four hits, with the other two belonging to Ryan Raburn and Casper Wells.