Monday, April 7, 2008

Moose Still Loose

The Phillidelphia Phillies hit four HR - two by Pat "The Bat" - and Cole Hamels gave them 7 quality innings as they beat the Reds 5-3.

It took 12 innings, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 10-8. Chicago used 7 pitchers - in part because starter Ted Lilly couldn't get through the fourth innings. Pittsburgh one-upped them on both counts. They used 8 pitchers, and their starter, Tom Gorzelanny, couldn't get out of the third.

Joe Crede hit a grand slam to lead the White Sox over the Twins, 7-4. Chicago is now 5-2 on the season, and in first place in the AL Central.

Greg Maddux can still get the job done (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K) for the Padres. Giants starter Matt Cain gave up 5 runs, which is pretty much an automatic loss for the team. San Fransisco did score 3 in the bottom of the ninth, but still lost 8-4. They are now 1-6.

The game was scoreless through six innings, but then the Astros homered four times (Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee, JR Towles, Miguel Tejada) across the last three innings to beat the Cardinals 5-3.

Mike Mussina showed that he isn't quite ready to retire yet as he shut down the Rays (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) as the Yankees went over .500 at 4-3 with their 6-1 win. Bobby Abreu went 3-3 with a HR for New York.

In a back and forth game, the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 10-7. The defense did the Nats in, as Tim Redding gave up 7 runs, but only one was earned.

The Rockies picked up their second win of the season, as they gave up only one run to the Braves and Matt Holliday hit a game winning two run homer as Colorado won 2-1.

That young offense in Arizona is doing the job - they look like serious contenders. Chris Young (who just signed a 5 yr ~ $30 million extension) hit a HR. So did Orlando Hudson. Mark Reynolds hit two. Plus the had Dan Haren on the mound. 5-2 win for the D'Backs over their main competition in the West, the LA Dodgers, who started Juan Pierre in place of Matt Kemp again.

Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in 5, and the Angels bullpen sucked less than Clevelands as they won 6-4. K-Rod blew a save, but Joe Borowski gave it right back as LA improved to 4-3. K-Rod's injured ankle may be affecting his pitching. Hopefully he won't have to go on the DL.

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