The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Cole Hamels was very strong, going 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking one. Jose Contreras earned his second save of the year. Shane Victorino homered and had three hits in the lead off spot for the Phils. The Braves mustered only 5 hits all day long and Derek Lowe pitched pretty well (7IP, 2 ER) in earning the loss.
Cleveland Indians 6, Seattle Mariners 4
Josh Tomlin is 2-0 to start his season and the Cleveland Indians have won 7 games in a row. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and a home run while Jack Hannahan hit his second of the season for the Tribe. Erik Bedard picked up the loss for the Mariners.
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Ryan Braun hit his fourth home run of the young season, a two-run blast; and Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBI as the Brewers took their second game in a row over their division rivals. Yovani Gallardo started but Kameron Loe actually got the win with John Axford earning his third save in the 9th. Aramis Ramirez had three hits and three RBI in the loss while Marlon Byrd had two hits and three runs scored in the losing effort.
Chicago White Sox 6, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Gavin Floyd went 8 innings, allowing zero earned and striking out eight Rays. Jeff Nieman was the opposite of Floyd’s effectiveness, going only 2 and 2/3 innings in picking up the loss. Gordon Beckham homered for the second time this season and Paul Konerko went long ball twice. The Sox are 6-3 to begin their season under Ozzie Guillen.
St. Louis Cardinals 6, San Francisco Giants 1
The Cardinals rebounded from the night before when Colby Rasmus dropped a fly ball in center to lose the game out in the Bay. David Freese had a nice day, collecting three hits and homering. Skip Schumaker had two hits and two RBI. Albert Pujols went 0 for 5 but Matt Holliday returned from injury with a hit and RBI. Kyle Lohse went eight strong innings–with Freddy Sanchez being the only Giant that collected more than one hit. Buster Posey was given the day off.