A-Rod, Sabathia Are Back
Alex Rodriguez came back last night in a big way hammering a three run homer on the first pitch he saw of the 2009 season. With one swing he hit one more homer than his third base replacements combined. They had no homers in 105 bats.
C.C. Sabathia 2-3 won his second game of the season and pitched the Yankees to a complete game 4-0 win over the Orioles. Sabathia struck out eight and walked one while allowing only four hits.
Justin Verlander 3-2, 4.50 outpitched Cliff Lee 1-5, 3.45 as the Tigers defeated the Indians 1-0. Verlander got off to a rocky start this season by giving up 31 runs in his first four starts. He has regained his form since then allowing only one run total over his last three starts.
Lee is probably the best 1-5 pitcher in the majors. He has given up only seven runs in his last five starts yet has only one win to show for it. Lee has lost his last four starts despite having excellent starts like the following: allowing two runs in eight innings, no runs in eight innings, three runs in seven innings and then one run in eight innings last night.
Curtis Granderson timed his jump to make a leaping catch of a ball hit by Grady Sizemore above the wall that kept the Indians from taking a walkoff win. Justin Verlander then struck out Asdrubal Cabrera to seal the win for the Tigers.
The White Sox who had shutout the Tigers 6-0 behind the pitching of Mark Buehrle on Thursday lost to the Rangers by that same score with Jose Contreras 0-5, 8.19 on the mound.
Matt Harrison 3-2, 4.79 pitched a complete game to take the victory limiting the White Sox to four singles.
Ozzie Guillen announced after the game that Contreras will be sent to the bullpen. There is no way he could continue to send a starting pitcher to the mound that has an ERA of 8.19. The only White Sox starters to win over their last fourteen games are Buehrle with three wins and Bartolo Colon with one win.
Jason Bay hit a three run homer in the 7-3 win by the Red Sox over the Rays. He is tied with Albert Pujols for second in runs batted in with 32….Joe Mauer hit his first two homers of the season in the Twins 11-0 romp over the slumping Mariners who lost their fifth game in a row.
Cole Hamels 1-2, 6.17 finally won his first game of the season in the Phillies 27th game defeating the Braves 10-6 while allowing two runs and three hits in six innings….Johnny Cueto 3-1, 1.59 pitched the Reds to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals as the Reds moved into a third place tie with the Cubs.
Aaron Heilman blew his second save of the season in two save opportunities by giving up a two run homer that gave the Brewers a 3-2 win over the Cubs. Randy Wells had pitched five scoreless innings in his first major league start but a shaky Cubs bullpen couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead when Wells left the game.
Even worse Aramis Ramirez dislocated his shoulder in the contest and will have an MRI on Monday. Ramirez has been the best hitter for the Cubs this season so losing him will be a major loss.
Mike Fontenot will probably replace Ramirez. Fontenot is second on the team in homers with five and in runs batted in with 17. Bobby Scales should get more playing time at second base with Ramirez out of the lineup.
Wandy Rodriguez 3-2, 1.80 may not be the ace of the Astros pitching staff but he has the best record of any of the starters while the ace Roy Oswalt is 0-2 this season. Rodriguez defeated the Padres 2-0 with eight scoreless innings and has not allowed a homer in 45 innings this season.
Shairon Martis 4-0, 4.67 ruined the managing debut of A.J. Hinch as he pitched the Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are 0-2 after losing Manny Ramirez to a fifty game drug suspension. The Giants defeated the Dodgers yesterday as Barry Zito 1-2, 3.57 won his first game of the season.
Zito has allowed only one run over his last two starts in thirteen innings. He should have at least three wins since he pitched seven scoreless innings twice without receiving the decision.