Albert Pujols Drives In 7 Runs
Albert Pujols drove in seven runs and hit two home runs in the Cardinals 11-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Pujols hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to put the game out out of reach for the Astros who struggled.
Astros starter Roy Oswald 0-2 6.23 took the loss after giving up six runs and nine hits in six innings. The Cardinals banged out 19 hits in the game as the Cardinals move into sole possession of first place in the NL Central.
Cubs, White Sox Post Victories
Yesterday Against Brewers, Twins
Cubs 6 Brewers 5
The Cubs were trailing 5-3 behind the Brewers yesterday after seven innings but came back to score a run in the eighth inning and two runs in the ninth to post a 6-5 win. Carlos Zambrano pitched six innings while allowing three runs and striking out seven. Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez homered for the Cubs.
Carlos Marmol closed out the game with his first save of the season. Lou Piniella may wind up letting Marmol have more save opportunities since Kevin Gregg has not pitched well in the closing role.
White Sox 8 Twins 0
The White Sox put their hitting and pitching together yesterday as Bartolo Colon 1-0 pitched six scoreless innings while allowing three hits in the 8-0 win over the Twins. The Twins could manage to muster six singles off of White Sox pitching. The game showed that White Sox have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. It is an accomplishment when the fifth starter pitches the White Sox to a shutout win with three scoreless innings posted by the bullpen.
After going through the rotation the first time the White Sox starters have allowed only eight runs in five starts. Brent Lillibridge is the only White Sox position player without a hit this season.
Roy Halladay 2-0 pitched the Blue Jays to a 5-4 win over the Indians who are 0-5 to start the season.
Jason Bay homered twice for the Red Sox in their 5-4 win over the Angels while Mike Napoli homered twice for the Angels in a losing cause.
Melvin Mora hit a first inning grand slam for the Orioles in a five run inning and Jeremy Guthrie pitched six scoreless innings in the 6-0 win by the Orioles over the Rays.
C.C. Sabathia pitched 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball as the Yankees defeated the Royals 6-1. Nick Swisher tripled and homered and drove in three runs giving him nine RBI’s for the season.
Ryan Doumit hit a ninth inning grand slam as the Pirates defeated the Reds 10-2. Paul Maholm 1-0 pitched seven innings while allowing one run and his ERA is 1.32.
Livan Hernandez 1-0 allowed the Marlins only 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings to pitch the Mets to a 8-4 victory. Luis Castillo was 4 for 4 for the game.
Kenshin Kawakami 1-0 picked up his first major league win in the 5-3 win by the Braves over the Nationals who have not won a game this season. Kelly Johnson was 3 for 4 and homered while driving in three runs to lead the Braves offense.
Eric Stults 1-0 pitched the Dodgers to a 11-2 defeat of the Diamondbacks while Orlando Hudson drove in three runs.
Jake Peavy 1-1 struck out ten batters enroute to a 6-3 win by the Padres over the Dodgers. Peavy struck out ten in 8 1/3 innings while Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs.