Jordan Zimmermann Wins First Start
Jordan Zimmermann 1-0, 3.00 pitched the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Braves before a record low crowd of 12,473. It was the lowest attendance since the Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals.
The Auburndale, Wisconsin native allowed two runs in six innings which was even more impressive considering Zimmermann had to wait out a two hours and forty three minute rain delay before he could take the mound.
His only mistake was giving up a two run homer to Matt Diaz in the fourth inning but he recovered and pitched well the rest of the way.
Pirates Sink Marlins 8-0
The Pirates won their third game in their last four by shutout as they defeated the Marlins 8-0 in Pittsburgh. Paul Maholm and Ian Snell had pitched the Pirates to shutout wins over the Braves last Friday and Saturday but lost by shutout on Sunday to the Braves. Ross Ohlendorf 1-2, 3.00 pitched seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits to take the win while Nate McLouth hit a three run homer in the sixth to finish the scoring for the Pirates.
The win moved the Pirates to within a game of the idle Cubs and Cardinals. The loss was the first road loss for the Marlins after posting a 6-0 road record to start the season.
Red Sox Pummel Orioles 12-1
The first three hitters in the Red Sox batting order who had not been hitting well had a good day at the plate while Justin Masterson recorded the win. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz were 9 for 16 and drove in six runs in the 12-1 win over the Orioles. The batting averages of all three were much higher after the game:
Jacoby Ellsbury: .240-.268
Dustin Pedroia: .235-.281
David Ortiz: .170-.196
Reds Edge Astros 4-3
Bronson Arroyo 3-0, 4.19 became the third NL pitcher to start the season with a 3-0 record as the Reds edged the Astros in Houston last night. Arroyo who had an excellent second half in 2008 may not be called the ace of the Reds starting rotation but he may be if he continues to pitch better than Aaron Harang and Edinson Volquez.
Arroyo gave up solo homers to Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee while Mike Hampton left the game with the score tied but Geoff Geary relieved him and allowed the winning run to score.
Arroyo is also a singer on the side and the following videos show him singing including one that is a memorial song for Vietnam veterans which means a lot to me since I was in Vietnam in 1966.
Bronson Arroyo singing America The Beautiful.
Diamondbacks Top Rockies 6-3
The Diamondbacks defeated the slumping Rockies 6-3 as the Rockies suffered their fourth consecutive defeat. Jon Garland 2-1, 5.71 took the win while Jason Marquiz took the loss. Garland allowed only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 5.71 after coming into the game with a 8.44 ERA.
Miguel Montero hit a three run homer to lead the offense for the Diamondbacks while Mark Reynolds hit his third homer of the season.
Looking At Stats
Miguel Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Youkilis 23
Carlos Quentin 7
Carlos Pena 6
Runs Batted In
Andre Ethier, Nick Markakis 16
Ian Kinsler 44
Adam Dunn 17
Jordan Schafer 19
Bobby Abreu, Chone Figgins 7
On Base Percentage
Kevin Youkilis .559
Ian Kinsler .880
Cristian Guzman .515
On Base Plus Slugging OPS
Ian Kinsler 1.398
Extra Base Hits
Ian Kinsler 12
Bronson Arroyo, Chad Billingsley, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Cla Meridith 3
Kyle Farnsworth, Dan Haren, Francisco Liriano, Saul Rivera, Chien-Ming Wang 3
Earned Run Average
Zack Greinke 0.00 in 20 innings
Heath Bell 7
Kevin Slowey 28 in 18 innings
Earned Runs Allowed
Chien-Ming Wang 23 in 6 innings
Brett Myers 7 in 19 innings
Note: Alfredo Simon of Orioles has allowed 5 homers in 6 1/3 innings
Trevor Cahill, Ubaldo Jiminez, David Purcey, Edinson Volquez 13
Johan Santana 27 in 19 2/3 innings
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings
Kerry Wood 18.90
Walks Per Nine Innings
Radhames Liz 54.00 (8 hits in 1 1/3 innings)