Nine to Know: 4/9/2012 – Sweep Birthdays

If you were the one who suggested I parlay the Diamondbacks, Tigers, Rays, Orioles, and Mets and bet that they would all go 3-0, please call me I would like you to invest in stocks for me.

  1. Yesterday was Yonder Alonso‘s birthday and the Padre went 1-for-2 with a sac fly as the San Diego (1-3) got off the schneid and defeated the Dodgers (3-1) 8-4.
  2. It was also Jeremy Hellickson‘s birthday and he pitched 8.2 shutout innings to enable the Rays (3-0) to complete their sweep of the Yankees (0-3), 3-0. The Yankees were held to three hits, doubles by Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher.
  3. It was also another very happy birthday for Carlos Santana of the Indians who hit a pair of homers as Cleveland topped the Jays, 4-3 to salvage one win in the opening three game set. On his last four birthdays, (two in the minors), Santana is 10-for-17 with five homers and 13 RBI. Derek Lowe made his Indians debut and pitched seven innings giving up two unearned runs on five hits. Why can’t the Braves and Red Sox get a pitcher like him?
  4. Speaking of the Braves, their sweep by the first-place New York Mets (!!) was completed by Jonathan Neise who took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. The Mets have now played 7191 games without a no-no, but they held Atlanta to seven runs and 14 hits (.151 avg) in the three game sweep. San Diego (6846) is the only other big league team without a no-hitter.
  5. Alex Avila told the AP following his two-run walkoff homer in the 11th that enabled his Tigers to complete their sweep of the Red Sox 13-12, “I’m glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been crazy.” If it was crazy for the Tigers it was insanely reminiscent of the 9/11 nightmare for the Bostons. Detroit scored 26 times while winning twice in its final at-bat over the miserable Red Sox weekend. The best thing that happened for Boston this weekend was that they were blown out 10- on Saturday as that helped them avoid the ignominy of three blown saves this weekend.
  6. Speaking of no-hit bids, Jason Hammel‘s Oriole debut was a beauty as he took a no-hitter into the 8th as Baltimore beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-1 for a three-game sweep. The O’s started this way last season as well with a three-game sweep of the Rays and they have now opened the season with two straight three-game sweeps for the first time since the 1996-97 playoff seasons. The Twins scored only five runs in this series, none of them in the first seven innings of the games.
  7. Yesterday, the Diamondbacks tied a franchise record by rallying from six runs down to beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-6, and sweep the season-opening three-game set in Arizona. It was the seventh time that Arizona came from six down to win including twice last year, when they led the majors with 48 come-from-behind wins. Buster Posey hit  his first home run since last April 24.
  8. If you’re keeping track:
  • For the first time since 1973, and only the third time ever, the Mets are 3-0 while the Yankees are 0-3.
  • The Braves are 0-3 for the second time since losing its first 10 games in 1988.
  • The Red Sox are 0-3 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since losing their first three games in three straight years from 1931-33.
  • This marks the second time in MLB history that both the Red Sox and Yankees started 0-3. The other was in 1966, in which the Red Sox started 0-5 and finished ninth with a 72-90 record, and the Yankees started 0-3 and finished last with a 70-89 record.
  • The only other times Minnesota started 0-3 were in 1969 and 1981.

9. This was just the sixth time in Yankee history in which they were held to three hits all doubles:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt
1 2012-04-08 NYY TBR L 0-3 Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher
2 2006-08-30 (2) NYY DET L 3-5 Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Sal Fasano
3 2003-05-18 NYY TEX L 1-5 Alfonso Soriano (2), Hideki Matsui
4 2002-06-22 NYY SDP W 1-0 Alfonso Soriano, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams
5 1978-05-31 NYY BAL L 2-3, Chris Chambliss, Cliff Johnson, Paul Blair
6 1959-07-21 NYY CLE L 1-5 Norm Siebern (2), Bobby Richardson
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