Saturday’s MLB Highlights
Mike Lowell drove in six runs in the 16-11 win by they Red Sox over the Yankees. The Yankees had taken an early 6-0 lead but the Red Sox came back to win the game 16-11. The win was the ninth in a row by the Red Sox.
Lowell is leading the AL in runs batted in with 22. Jason Varitek drove in four runs as he and Lowell combined to drive in ten of the sixteen Red Sox runs.
The Yankee bullpen pitched the last four innings of the game and gave up eight additional runs. Phil Coke was the only one of six Yankee relievers not to allow a run. Robinson Cano drove in five runs and Mark Teixeira walked five times in the contest for the Yankees.
Albert Pujols hit a grand slam as the Cardinals defeated the Cubs 8-2. Pujols is leading the majors in runs batted in with 25. That is amazing considering that the season is only 18 games old.
ESPN.com is projecting Pujols to hit 63 homers and drive in 225 runs by the end of the season. He has struck out only four times in 66 at bats and is projected to strike out 36 times in 2009.
Aramis Ramirez hit a grandslam in the 10-2 victory by the White Sox over the AL East leading Blue Jays. Ramirez had hit four grand slams in 2008. Only Rudy York has hit more grand slams in less games than the the 152 games it took Ramirez to accomplish the feat. It took York 137 games.
Mark Buehrle 3-0 proved he is a great money pitcher by winning yesterday after the White Sox had lost on Friday night. He may be one of the least mentioned pitchers in baseball today but is quietly putting together a great career.
Randy Johnson had the third bad start in four attempts after almost pitching a no-hitter in his last start against the same Diamondbacks. The Giants still won 5-3. Johnson pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs and three hits but walked seven while striking out only two.
Johnson made 81 pitches in his short outing after making 73 in seven innings in his near no-hitter last weekend. Johnson will win his 300th game this season but he needs to be more consistent to help the Giants win.
The Brewers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Astros 9-8 in eleven innings as they won their fourth consecutive game. Ryan Braun hit the game winning single and Prince Fielder is showing signs of life as he hit two homers and drove in three runs.
Looking At the Standings
The Blue Jays hold a slim one game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East. The third place Yankees would fall to .500 with a loss today. They have given up 118 runs this season. Only the Orioles have given up more allowing 123 rus to cross the plate.
The White Sox, Royals and Tigers are in a three way tie for the AL Central lead with the Twins only a half game back of the three teams.
Mariners lead the AL West by 3 1/2 games with the 6-11 Angels in last place and the Angels having the second worst record in the AL
The slumping Marlins lost their fifth consecutive game yesterday but still hold a two game lead over the Braves in the NL East. The Nationals are the worst team in the majors with a 3-13 record and are 0-8 in road games.
The Cardinals lead the NL Central with a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pirates. The Cardinals have won five games in a row even with Chris Carpenter on the disabled list.
The Dodgers are atop the NL West by 2 1/2 games and are tied with the Cardinals with the best record in the majors with a 13-5 record.