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Jordan Zimmermann Wins First Start

Jordan Zimmermann won his first major league start in the Nationals 3-2 defeat of the Braves. He pitched well despite having to wait out a two hours and forty three minutes rain delay.

Jordan Zimmermann won his first major league start in the Nationals 3-2 defeat of the Braves. He pitched well despite having to wait out a two hours and forty three minutes rain delay.

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.

Jon Garland pitched the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 win over the Rockies on Monday night.

Jon Garland pitched the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 win over the Rockies on Monday night.

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

Batting

Hits

Miguel Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Youkilis  23


Home Runs

Carlos Quentin 7

Carlos Pena 6


Runs Batted In

Andre Ethier, Nick Markakis 16


Total Bases

Ian Kinsler 44

Walks

Adam Dunn 17

Strikeouts

Jordan Schafer 19

Stolen Bases

Bobby Abreu, Chone Figgins 7

On Base Percentage

Kevin Youkilis .559

Slugging Percentage

Ian Kinsler .880


Batting Average

Cristian Guzman .515

On Base Plus Slugging  OPS

Ian Kinsler 1.398


Extra Base Hits

Ian Kinsler 12


Pitching

Wins

Bronson Arroyo, Chad Billingsley, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Cla Meridith 3

Losses

Kyle Farnsworth, Dan Haren, Francisco Liriano, Saul Rivera, Chien-Ming Wang 3

Earned Run Average

Zack Greinke 0.00 in 20 innings

Saves

Heath Bell 7

Hits Allowed

Kevin Slowey 28 in 18 innings

Earned Runs Allowed

Chien-Ming Wang 23 in 6 innings

Homers Allowed

Brett Myers 7 in 19 innings

Note: Alfredo Simon of Orioles has allowed 5 homers in 6 1/3 innings

Walks Allowed

Trevor Cahill, Ubaldo Jiminez, David Purcey, Edinson Volquez 13

Strikeouts

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)









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