Placido Polanco Drives in Six Runs
National League Roundup
Phillies 11 Nationals 1
The Phillies took an easy win behind the hitting of Placido Polanco who hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in the 11-1 win by the Phillies over the Nationals.
All nine players in the starting lineup for the Phillies recorded a hit including Roy Halladay who won his debut start by allowing one run in seven innings while striking out nine.
Braves 16 Cubs 5
Carlos Zambrano was given an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning but allowed six runs by the Braves in the bottom of the frame. He gave up a three run homer to Jason Heyward in his first major league at bat during the inning.
Zambrano allowed eight runs in one and a third innings leaving the game with an ERA of 54.00. Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome and Marlon Byrd were the only Cubs to hit safely with Ramirez and Byrd homering to drive in all five runs.
Yunel Escobar drove in five runs and Heyward making his major league debut drove in four runs to move into second and third place in runs batted in among all major leaguers.
Derek Lowe took the win although he didn’t pitch that effectively allowing five runs in six innings and ended the game with a 7.50 ERA.
Jeff Samardzija allowed six more runs by the Braves in the seventh inning raising his ERA to 108.00 and he may be headed to Iowa if he can’t improve on that performance the next time out.
Rockies 5 Brewers 3
It is not a good sign when the Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo lost yesterday 5-3 considering that the Brewers have a less than stellar starting rotation.
The first four Brewers batters were 9-17 in the contest. Carlos Gomez who homered only three times in 315 at bats for the Twins in 2009 homered and went 4-5 in his first game for the Brewers.
Carlos Gonzalez was 4-5 for the Rockies while Ubaldo Jiminez scattered eight hits in six innings while allowing one run to take the win.
Other NL Highlights
Johan Santana allowed one run in six innings to post a 7-1 lead over the Marlins….The Cardinals won a 11-6 slugfest over the Reds as Albert Pujols homered twice and Yadier Molina hit a grand slam. Chris Carpenter took the win despite allowing two home runs.
Garrett Jones homered twice to lead the Pirates to a 11-6 win over the Dodgers. The Pirates, Cardinals and Phillies all scored 11 runs on opening day….The Giants defeated the Astros 5-2 behind Tim Lincecum who hurled seven scoreless innings while striking out seven….Dan Haren allowed one run in seven innings as the Diamondbacks took a 6-3 win over the Padres.
American League Roundup
White Sox 6 Indians 0
Mark Buehrle and the White Sox relief corps of J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton combined to shutout the Indians 6-0 allowing only four hits in nine innings combined. Buehrle made a flip to first baseman Paul Konerko that will be on fielding highlights shows for years to come. The hometown White Sox fans who saw the play will never forget it.
Alex Rios showing signs of putting his disastrous 2009 season behind him homered in the contest along with Paul Konerko. The three new White Sox Mark Teahen, Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones were hitless in eight trips in their debut with the White Sox.
Rangers 5 Blue Jays 4
The Rangers overcame deficits twice to post a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. Nelson Cruz drove in four of the five runs by the Rangers while Vernon Wells homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.
Other AL Highlights
Zack Greinke allowed one earned run in six innings and left the game with a 4-2 lead over the Tigers. The Royals bullpen couldn’t hold the lead though as the Tigers scored six times in the seventh inning to take a 8-4 win….The Angels outslugged the Twins 6-3 behind a three home run attack with homers by Hideki Matsui, Kendry Morales and Jeff Mathis.
Ben Sheets allowed single runs in the first three innings in the Mariners 5-3 win over the Athletics but the four errors by the Athletics allowed three unearned runs to score. Casey Kotchman drove in four runs for the Mariners.
Offensive Opening Day Fireworks
Six players yesterday had four or more runs batted in during their 2010 opening day games:
Placido Polanco 6
Yunel Escobar 5
Nelson Cruz 4
Jason Heyward 4
Casey Kotchman 4
Yadier Molina 4