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Blowouts Ruled Yesterday

Freddy Sanchez was six for six in the Pirates 10-8 win over the Cubs.

Freddy Sanchez was six for six in the Pirates 10-8 win over the Cubs.

Baseball fans saw it all yesterday from a 1-0 ten inning game to 17-3, 16-6, 13-1 and 11-1 blowouts.

It was also a day when the Rays blew a 10-0 lead for David Price in his 2009 debut as the Indians came back to win 11-10.

White Sox 17 Angels 3: The White Sox who were humiliated last Thursday by the Twins 20-1 did some humiliating of their own on the Angels yesterday in their blowout win  as they hammered Angels pitchers for 24 hits in the contest.

Since that loss to the Twins the White Sox have recovered to win three of their last four games. They are now only a game behind the third place Twins in the AL Central and a game and a half behind the second place Royals.

The White Sox scored in every inning except the sixth and eighth as they battered Ervin Santana scoring seven runs and lashing nine hits in one inning of pitching. He was removed from the game after failing to retire the first five White Sox batters in the second inning.

Scott Podsednik and Alexei Ramirez set the tone for the game with both hitters at the top of the batting order picking up four hits. Then Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome batting third and fourth both drove in four runs. The four hitters combined for a 12 for 20 game with 13 runs batted in.

Thome hit his 549th homer of his career which moves him to 12th on the all time home run list as he passed Mike Schmidt. He needs 15 homers to pass Reggie Jackson who has 563 and needs 21 to pass Rafael Palmeiro who has 569 homers.

If he returns to play in 2010 Thome would be in striking distance of :

9. Harmon Killebrew 573 (Outside chance of passing Killebrew in 2009)

8. Mark McGwire 583

7. Frank Robinson 586

6. Sammy Sosa 609

Dye and Paul Konerko also homered in the game. The bottom four hitters in the batting order also had a good night. Brian Anderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Josh Fields and Chris Getz combined for a 10 for 22 game.

On May 19th Mark Buehrle won his third game of the month while no other White Sox starter had recorded a win in May. Since then John Danks has won twice including his win last night and Gavin Floyd and Clayton Richard have won one game each. Tonight Bartolo Colon will try for his first win of the month.

The White Sox have responded well after the 20-1 shellacking by the Twins. Sometimes a humiliating defeat can wake up a team and if last night is an indication the White Sox may be humiliating a lot of teams themselves as they climb back into the AL Central race.

I think manager Ozzie Guillen realized that the loss to Twins would wake up the team without him having to say anything.

Brewers 1 Cardinals 0:

The best pitched game of the day was in Milwaukee where the Cardinals and Brewers were locked in a pitcher’s battle. Yovani Gallardo andChris Carpenter both pitched eight innings of scoreless two hit baseball.

Carpenter has pitched 23 innings and still hasn’t allowed a run to score while giving up only 10 hits, walking four and striking out 23.

However he was out of the game by the time Bill Hall singled in the winning run in the 1-0 win by the Brewers in ten innings.

The win enabled the Brewers to take sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

Pirates 10 Cubs 8: Freddy Sanchez had the best day of any hitter yesterday with a 6 for 6 game that raised his batting average to .320.

The Cubs were ahead 7-6 after four innings but Neal Cotts entered the game and the lead disappeared as Cotts gave up a two run homer to Nate McLouth. Milton Bradley showed signs of life as he had two hits including his fifth homer of the season and drove in four runs.

Yankees 11 Rangers 1: Alex Rodriguez entered the game hitting .189 but after a 5 for 5 game his average was .259 and  his four runs batted in gave him 17 in his first 17 games.  Phil Hughes 3-2 pitched eight scoreless innings to take the win.

Red Sox 6 Twins 5: Mike Lowell was 4 for 5 and Jason Bay drove in two runs to give him 47 runs batted in the Red Sox win over the Twins. Joe Mauer hit a pinch hit homer for the Twins in the ninth. It was his eleventh of the season in only 81 at bats and he also drove in his 30th and 31st runs of the season in only his 23rd game.

Tigers 13 Royals 1: Justin Verlander 5-2 took an easy win pitching seven scoreless innings as the Tigers routed the Royals. Miguel Cabrera was 4 for 6 and raised his major league leading batting average to .378.

Gil Meche allowed four runs but the Royals bullpen allowed nine additional runs.

Dodgers 16 Rockies 6: Juan Pierre, Juan Castro and Matt Kemp drove in three runs each in the 19 hit attack by the Dodgers.

Padres 9 Diamondbacks 7: The Padres overcame a 7-1 deficit after seven innings to record their tenth consecutive win with a come from behind victory over the Diamondbacks.

Giants 8 Braves 2: Travis Ishikawa was 4 for 4 and drove in three runs as he hit his first homer of the season in the 43rd game for the Giants. First base is normally a power position but Ishikawa has been an exception this season.

Athletics 6 Mariners 1: The Athletics were the only AL West team that won yesterday as they moved to within two games of the third place Mariners.

Brett Anderson 2-4 took the win in a game which saw both leadoff hitters having four for four games with Ichiro Suzuki and Adam Kennedy having a perfect day at the plate.

Indians 11 Rays 10: The Rays led in this game 10-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning and 10-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning but lost 11-10 when the Indians scored seven times in the ninth inning.

Ryan Garko homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the comeback by the Indians. David Price seemed on his way to an easy win when he encountered control problems as he walked five and was removed after making 100 pitches in less than four innings.

Marlins 5 Phillies 3: Ryan Howard hit his 10th and 11th homers of the season but it wasn’t enough to hold a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Jamie Moyer 3-5 struggled again and hasn’t won since April 26 when he defeated the Marlins.

It will be interesting to see if Charlie Manuel continues to let Moyer start after this latest loss.

Mets 5 Nationals 2: Gary Sheffield hit his 503rd homer as he continues to hit well in May with a .340 average after hitting .167 in April and has raised his average to .277.

Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 13th save in 13th chances and lowered his ERA to 0.83. Rodriguez could be a real difference maker since the Phillies are not getting much relief from Brad Lidge who has blown four saves already.

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