4-0 Marlins Only Unbeaten Team In Majors
The Florida Marlins are 4-0 and the only unbeaten left this season after defeating the New York Mets 5-4. Emilio Bonifacio picked up three more hits and is tied for the major league lead in hits with 11. Anibal Sanchez pitched five scoreless innings but didn’t get the decision when the Mets tied the game in the top of the ninth inning. The Marlins won the game 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Jorge Cantu. Marlins fans will enjoy watching Bonifacio this season. He is hitting .579, has an OBP of .600 and is slugging .842. He had given no indication with the Diamondbacks and Nationals that he would become the player he has been early this season. He hit .217 and .167 in two seasons with the Diamondbacks and hit only .248 with the Nationals last season. The only weakness so far for the Nationals has been the outfield with Cameron Maybin hitting .154, Cody Ross hitting .067, Jeremy Hermida at .231, Brett Carroll at .167, Ross Gload at .167 with a total of one RBI combined from the five outfielders. The Marlins are still leading the NL in batting with a .309 batting average and are 20 points ahead of the second place Rockies who are hitting .289.
Nick Adenhart Remembered By Angels Players, Fans
Nick Adenhart was remembered yesterday at Angel Stadium. Adenhart was memorialized in these photos taken yesterday at Angel Stadium:
The death of Nick Adenhart reminded all of us about what is really important in life. Most games will be forgotten over the years but Nick Adenhart impacted a lot of lives in his short time in the major leagues and fans will remember his death the way they still remember the death of Lyman Bostock after all these years. He may have even been Rookie of the Year the way he pitched on Wednesday night but a drunk driver has taken away from us a young man that may have been a baseball player but more importantly from all indications was a fine human being. He may have been taken away from his baseball family but his relatives left to mourn his loss for the rest of the years they have on earth.
Pitchers Struggling in First Starts Of Season
Yesterday was a not a good day for a lot of pitchers who started games yesterday. Cole Hamels made his first start of the season and was rocked for 7 runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings and left the game with a 17.18 ERA as the Rockies defeated the Phillies 10-3….Kris Benson made his first start since 2006 and gave up 7 earned runs and 10 hits in 5 innings taking the loss as the Tigers pounded the Rangers by a 15-2 score. His ERA stands at 12.60…Sidney Ponson did not have a good start to his 2009 season as he gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings. It wasn’t a horrendous performance but still left Ponson with a 6.00 ERA after Yankees took a 4-1 victory over the Royals. Andy Sonnanstine struggled as the Orioles posted a 5-4 win over the Orioles. Sonnanstine pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed 5 runs and 8 hits and has an ERA of 9.64….Jose Contreras allowed 4 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings ending the game with a 7.20 ERA in the Twins 12-5 win over the White Sox….The first start of Dodgers rookie James McDonald did not go well. McDonald pitched only 2 1/3 innings and gave up 5 runs, 2 hits and 3 walks and has an ERA of 19.29 after the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 9-4….Barry Zito who had given indications this spring that he would be effective in 2009 was the same old Zito of the last two seasons as he gave up 4 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings leaving him with a 9.00 ERA in the Padres 7-3 defeat of the Giants.
Yesterday’s Star Players
Armando Galarraga pitched seven innings while allowing one earned run and five hits while striking out eight in the 15-2 win by the Tigers over the Rangers. His ERA is now 1.29 after his sterling performance on the mound. Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered while driving in six runs in the Tigers victory over the Rangers. Adam Lind hit his third homer and drove in four runs giving him the major league RBI lead with 11 in the Blue Jays 13-7 defeat of the Indians. Andy Pettitte won his first start of the season pitching seven innings allowing only one run and 3 hits in the 4-1 Yankee win over the Royals and his ERA stands at 1.29. Evan Longoria homered twice and took the major league lead in home runs with 4 in a losing cause as the Orioles defeated the Rays 5-4. Justin Morneau homered and drove in four runs in the Twins 12-5 victory over the White Sox. Jered Weaver pitched 6 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing only 4 hits in the Angels 6-3 defeat of the Red Sox. Rich Harden pitched six inning while allowing one earned run, 3 hits and struck out 10 and has posted a 1.50 ERA. He didn’t get the win when the Cubs blew the save in their 4-3 defeat by the Brewers. Jason Marquis pitched seven strong inning allowing only 2 runs and 5 hits finishing with a 2.57 ERA in the Rockies 10-3 win over the Phillies. Yunel Escobar hit a three run homer to help the Braves post a 6-5 win over the Nationals in ten innings.