Joe Crede Grand Slam Defeats Tigers
There were three extra inning games yesterday but the most exciting finish was in Minnesota when Joe Crede hit a walkoff grand slam to give the Twins a 14-10 win in 13 innings over the Tigers.
Dontrelle Willis made his 2009 debut starting the game for the Tigers and struggling but still not to the extent he had last season when his control issues were over the top. Last night he pitched into the sixth inning while walking only two batters.
However he was hit hard with the Twins hitting .444 against him in his debut appearance. He did pitch well enough to warrant another start and if he does get that start it would be against the powerful Rangers which would be another good test to see how far he has come back from the disaster of last season.
Ryan Zimmerman became the ninteenth player in major league history to have a hitting streak end at 30 games. It was his first hitless game since the second game of the season.
Jimmy Rollins has the longest hitting streak in this century with a 38 game streak which stretched over the 2005-2006 seasons.
Joe DiMaggio has the longest hitting streak of 56 consecutive games in the major leagues in 1941 and also has the longest hitting streak in the minor leagues with a 61 game streak in 1933 while with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
Joe Wilhoit had a 69 game streak but it was in an independent league in 1919 so not regarded as the minor league record.
Hank Blalock hit a two run walkoff double to give the Rangers a 6-5 win over the Mariners in the bottom of the eleventh inning. The win enabled the Rangers to hold on to their game and a half lead over the Angels. Both teams have been 8-2 in their last ten games while the Mariners have been 2-8 over that span.
The Braves were leading the Mets 4-2 after 3 1/2 innings but Fernando Tatis hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. The Braves battled back to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning but Gary Sheffield tied it with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to make it 7-7.
Martin Prado homered in the top of the twelfth inning to give the Braves a 8-7 lead and closer Mike Gonzalez picked up the save in the bottom of the twelfth. It was only the fifth homer for Prado in his four year major league career.
Cliff Lee 2-5 finally won a game after giving up only four runs in his previous 23 innings in his last three starts without a win by defeating the White Sox 4-0. The only bright spot for the White Sox was a 3 for 3 game by Alexei Ramirez raising his average from .200 to .223.
Alex Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw this season but since then has not fared well. Since then he is 2 for 15 and has driven in only one run and is hitting .188 (14th on Yankees) and slugging .375.
Mark Teixeira is still not hitting for average hitting .202 which is 13th on the Yankees. With the season close to twenty percent over he is not showing any signs of breaking out of this slump anytime soon. His .430 slugging percentage is seventh on the Yankees. His .331 OBP is eleventh on the team. His 19 RBI’s are 26 behind the AL leading Evan Longoria.
Shairon Martis 5-0 of the Nationals and Matt Palmer 4-0 of the Angels are making a run at winning rookie of the year in their respective leagues. Elvis Andrus with two homers and Matt LaPorta with one are the only AL rookies to hit a homer this season.
Jordan Schafer leads the NL rookies in homers with two but hasn’t homered since the third game of the season. Five players are tied with one homer each.
Bobby Scales leads NL rookies in batting and on base percentage with a .429 mark in both categories and also leads in slugging with a .786 percentage and and OPS with a 1.214 mark.
The Athletics moved to within a game and a half of the third place Mariners in the AL West as they handed the Royals their fifth straight loss 7-2. Jack Cust drove in four runs to lead the Athletics offense. Josh Outman 1-0 won his first game after five starts for the Athletics.
Ryan Theriot homered twice as the Cubs defeated the Padres 6-4. Theriot had hit only seven homers in 1346 major league at bats before entering the month of May. However in May he has homered 5 times in only 43 at bats.
The Cubs had six starters in the game last night who finished the game hitting .218 or lower. Derrek Lee and Milton Bradley are not going to hit .194 which they are presently hitting when the season is over. Bradley has a seven game hitting streak after having a stretch in April in which he had one hit in an eleven game span.
Lee is not doing as well as Bradley since he has only three hits in his last seventeen trips to the plate. Geovany Soto finally hit his first 2009 home run after hitting 23 in 2008 in the win last night.
Ted Lilly 5-2, 3.27 is tied for the NL lead in wins with five wins after his win last night.
The Cubs are a half game behind the Reds, Brewers and Cardinals who are tied for the NL Central lead.
Jamie Moyer continues to struggle making me wonder if it was wise for the Phillies to sign him to a two year contract at the age of 46. Moyer won his last three decisions in April and finished the month with a 3-1 record.
However in May he is 0-2 with a 13.86 ERA for the month. He has started against the first place Mets twice and the first place Dodgers in his three starts this month.
In 12 1/3 innings during May he has given up 19 runs and 22 hits while striking out four and walking seven.
Despite his 8.15 ERA closer Brad Lidge has the highest ERA on the team with a 8.56 mark.
Chan Ho Park with a 6.00 ERA still has an ERA lower than three other Phillies starters with Moyer at 8.15, Joe Blanton at 6.82 and Cole Hamels at 6.17. Despite the starting pitching problems the Phillies are only a game behind the first place Mets in the NL East.