The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Colorado Rockies 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
In a game that took two hours and twenty-eight minutes to complete, Ubaldo Jimenez earned his first victory of the season in throwing a shutout at Dodger Stadium. He struck out seven hitters and gave up four hits. I figured that Jimenez was due for a good outing, especially when I hear his lack of performance isn’t injury-related but rather 100% due to poor mechanics. If that’s true, he’ll find his way. Old man Todd Helton also hit a solo home run in this game. It was the 340th of his big league career.
Cleveland Indians 13, Toronto Blue Jays 9
Josh Tomlin picked up his 7th win of the year for the Tribe, but he wasn’t spectacular. The Indians jumped out to a 13-0 lead that almost shrunk to a save opportunity for Chris Perez by the time this one ended. Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits, while Matt LaPorta and Travis Buck each had three hits. Adam Everett, Grady Sizemore, and Micheal Brantley all added two hits a piece. Rajai Davis tripled, homered and drove in four runs for the Jays in a losing effort, and wrecked my fantasy stats on Tomlin.
Chicago White Sox 7, Boston Red Sox 4
The Chicago White Sox swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park in a three game series. Paul Kornerko and Alexei Ramirez each had three hits, with Konerko hitting his 12th bomb of the season in this one. Don’t look now, but little Brent Lillibridge has six home runs. David Ortiz had two hits including his 13th home run and Jacoby Elsbury extended my Beat the Streak to 3 games on MLB.com, yeah!
San Francisco Giants 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5 (11 innings)
Cody Ross (4 hits), Nate Schierholtz (3 hits, game tying RBI), and Freddy Sanchez (3 hits) had big offensive nights for the Giants as they rallied to win a game in which Tim Lincecum allowed 5 runs. The win went to Sergio Romo and the save went to Brian Wilson. Fernando Salas blew the save for the Cardinals and Ryan Franklin picked up his fourth loss of the year. The Cardinals lead is down to four games over the Reds in the NL Central with the Brewers sandwiched in between.
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, New York Mets 3
Times are no good for the Mets right now. The Pirates however, are surging a little bit under Clint Hurdle. Kevin Correia picked up win number eight on the season with the bottom half of the lineup doing all the dirty work. Andrew McCutchen had three hits and Brandon Wood had a double and an RBI in this one. Chris Capuano lost his sixth game of the season and in the battered Mets lineup Carlos Beltran had a couple of knocks to go along with the same from Daniel Murphy.