Griffey Ties For Most Opening Day Homers
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 612th homer yesterday tying Frank Robinson for most opening day homers with eight. A healthy Griffey Jr. should help the Mariners contend in the AL West this season.
He may never reach the 3000 hit mark since he needs 319 hits but he should reach the 650 homers mark early next season since he needs 38 to reach that mark.
Hanley Ramirez Hits Grand Slam In Marlins Win
Hanley Ramirez the dream player for every fantasy baseball fan hit his first career grand slam in the 12-6 Marlins victory over the Nationals. His five RBI’s still weren’t good enough for the major league lead since Adam Lind of the Blue Jays drove in six runs as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers 12-5. Ramirez and Grady Sizemore were the only major leaguers who joined the 30-30 club in 2008.
Ramirez was very impressed with Emilio Bonifacio the new Marlins second baseman who played for the Nationals last season. Ramirez said that Bonifacio is the fastest player he has ever seen. Bonifacio hit an inside the park home run and stole three bases while having a 4 for 5 game at the plate.
Yesterday’s Hitting Stars
Hank Blalock and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both drove in three runs while the Rangers throttled the Indians 9-1.
Daniel Murphy drove in both runs for the Mets in their 2-1 victory over the Reds.
Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez each homered twice and combined for five runs batted in as the Diamondbacks edged the Rockies 9-8.
Adam Dunn homered and drove in four runs in a losing cause as the Nationals lost to the Marlins 12-6.
Jack Wilson hit a three run double in the ninth as the Pirates scored four times in the inning to defeat the Cardinals 6-4.
Yesterday’s Pitching Stars
Kevin Millwood (1-0 1.29) of the Rangers allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to defeat the Indians 9-1.
Felix Hernandez (1-0 1.13) pitched eight innings of one run baseball as the Mariners defeated the Twins 6-1.
Joe Saunders (1-0 0.00) pitched the best game of any starter yesterday allowing no runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-0 victory by the Angels over the Athletics.
Johan Santana (1-0 1.59) struck out seven enroute to the Mets 2-1 defeat of the Reds as he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one run and three hit baseball.
Carlos Zambrano (1-0 1.50) pitched six innings allowing one run and five hits while the Cubs took a 4-2 win over the Astros.
Hiroki Kuroda (1-0 1.59) took the win in the Dodgers 4-1 defeat of the Padres by pitching 5 2/3 innings of one run and four hit baseball.
Bad Day For Some Star Pitchers of 2008
Cliff Lee who was 22-3 last season and won the AL Cy Young Award in 2008 was hammered for seven runs and ten hits in five innings by the Rangers. He finished the game with a 12.60 ERA….C.C. Sabathia allowed six runs, eight hits and walked five in 4 1/3 innings and has an ERA of 12.46. Sabathia had a very slow start last season having a 3-8 record on June 5th. It will be interesting which Sabathia shows up in his first start at Yankee Stadium next week the Sabathia we saw yesterday or the Sabathia who was 11-2 with the Brewers last season.
Brandon Webb also had a bad start to his 2009 season when he gave up six runs and six hits to the Rockies finishing the game with a 13.50 but his mound opponent Aaron Cook who was 16-9 last season pitched even worse than Webb allowing six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings and ended the game with a 23.14 ERA.