No-Hitter, 20 Inning Game, Four Shutouts
Saturday was an exciting day for baseball fans with a no-hitter by Ubaldo Jiminez the highlight along with the Mets winning 2-1 over the Mets in a 20 inning marathon game in St. Louis. In addition four teams shutout their opponents yesterday.
Ubaldo Jiminez pitched the first no-hitter in the history of the Colorado Rockies as he moved into a five way tie for most wins in the majors with three with a 4-0 win over the Braves on Saturday night.
His six walks and a balk prevented him from having a perfect game but he still showed he has moved into the top echelon of NL pitchers.
Mets Win 20 Inning Thriller 2-1
It is not many times that a closer wins a game while a starter saves the game and a position player loses the game.
That is exactly what happened last night in Busch Stadium as Francisco Rodriguez won a 20 inning marathon while Mike Pelfrey a starter got the save for the Mets in their 2-1 win over the Cardinals.
Mather Took the Loss
Joe Mather a position player took the loss for the Cardinals as he allowed two runs, two hits , three walks a hit batsman in two innings on the mound in his major league pitching debut.
Felipe Lopez another position player for the Cardinals was effective in the 18th inning allowing one hit and a walk while holding the Mets scoreless.
Francoeur 10 Game Hitting Streak Ends
Jeff Francoeur who entered the game with a ten game hitting streak was 0 for 7 as his average fell from .457 to .381 after the game delivered a game leading sacrifice fly in the top of the 19th to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals came back on a single by Yadier Molina to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame.
Reyes Drives in Winning Run
The Mets scored again in the top of the 20th on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes that proved to be the winning run in their 2-1 victory.
It was ironic that the two teams were scoreless over the first 18 innings but then each team scored in the 19th and the Mets scored again in the top of the 20th.
Pujols Walked Four Times
Albert Pujols was walked four times with two of them being intentional. His .419 on base percentage at the start of the game rose to .462 by the end of game.
The Cardinals used ten pitchers while the Mets used nine. The two pitching staffs combined to allow 24 hits, 19 walks and struck out 35.
The game lasted six hours and 53 minutes before a crowd of 43,709 in Busch Stadium.
Every Mets hurler allowed at least one hit while four Cardinals pitchers held the Mets scoreless.
The Mets didn’ t have an extra base hit in the contest.
This game showed that low scoring baseball can be as exciting as a high scoring game.
Four Shutouts Hurled on Saturday
Nationals 8 Brewers 0
There were three other shutouts hurled on Saturday besides the no-hit 4-0 shutout by Ubaldo Jiminez.
Livan Hernandez blanked the Brewers 8-0 and extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings. The wily 15 year veteran is the only major league starter with a perfect 0.00 ERA.
The Brewers loss was their fourth in their last five games.
Giants 9 Dodgers 0
Tim Lincecum 3-0 pitched the Giants to an easy 9-0 shutout win over the Dodgers. He pitched six innings while striking out seven and taking over the major league lead in strikeouts this season with 24.
Lincecum lead all Giants hitters with a 3 for 4 game while driving in three runs and raised his batting average to .429.
Padres 5 Diamondbacks 0
Kevin Correia pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless three hit baseball to take a 5-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
Nick Hundley led the Padres offense with three hit in four trips to the plate and drove in three runs.
Kris Benson making his first start of the 2010 season for the Diamondbacks was effective only allowing two runs in six innings. The start was only the third start since 2006 for Benson. He was a victim of poor offensive support by the Diamondbacks whose only extra base hit was a double by Kelly Johnson.