It’s a Fourfecta as the Astros, Nats, Mets, and Indians win

1. Astros finally win

The Houston Astros avoided matching their worst start, when they went 0-9 in 1983, by stopping an eight-game losing streak with their first win of the season, 5-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Bud Norris (1-1) struck out a career-high nine and held the Cardinals without an earned run for five innings. He also got his first career RBI with a single. Congrats to manager Brad Mills on picking up his first win.

The Astros have now gone from an 0-8 oddity to simply a 1-9 lousy team.

2. Nationals Avoid Sweep

The Nats Ryan Zimmerman hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit, two-run homer off Danys Baez in the 8th and the Washington Nationals topped the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 to salvage the third game of the three-game set. Adam Dunn also connected for the Nationals, while Chase Utley and Shane Victorino went deep for the Phillies. The Phils five-game winning streak came to an end.

Here’s something that will keep you occupied this season, the NL worst Daily Double – track how many times the Astros and Nationals win on the same day. We’re up to one.

3. Mets Avoid Sweep

Mike Pelfrey (1-0) pitched seven strong innings and Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez each pitched a hitless inning and the Mets shutout the Rockies 5-0 to salvage the third game of the three-game set. Jorge De La Rosa (1-1) allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings, walking five and throwing two wild pitches for the loss. It was New York’s first shutout of the season and the first shutout of the Rockies at Coors Field since Sept. 6, 2008, by Houston. They were the only team not to be shut out at home last season.

Want to up the ante and go for the trifecta? Track how many times the Mets, Astros and Nationals win on the same day. We’re up to one.

4. Indians Avoid Sweep

David Huff (1-0) pitched his first career complete game and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run 8th inning homer as the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 to end a five-game losing streak and salvage the third game of the three-game set. Huff (1-1) allowed a two-run homer to Michael Young in the 4th allowing four hits, whiffing four and walking one. Matt Harrison (0-1) was the hard luck loser pitching seven innings of three hit ball and allowing just one earned run.

Choo was 7-for-10 with two homers and four RBIs in the three games against Texas.

Okay, just one more to track. I call it a fourfecta in which you track how many times the Indians, Mets, Astros and Nationals win on the same day. We’re up to one.

5. Today’s Schedule

NL

Astros (1-8) @ Cubs (4-5), Friday, April 16, 2010, 2:20pm

HOU: Felipe Paulino (26, RHP, 0-0, 7.20)

CHC: Carlos Silva (31, RHP, 0-0, 1.50)

Brewers (4-5) @ Nationals (4-5), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:05pm

MIL: Yovani Gallardo (24, RHP, 0-2, 6.75)

WSN: John Lannan (25, LHP, 1-1, 8.31)

Reds (5-5) @ Pirates (4-5), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:05pm

CIN: Mike Leake (22, RHP, 0-0, 1.35)

PIT: Zach Duke (27, LHP, 2-0, 3.00)

Marlins (6-4) @ Phillies (7-2), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:05pm

FLA: Anibal Sanchez (26, RHP, 0-0, 6.00)

PHI: Roy Halladay (33, RHP, 2-0, 0.56)

Rockies (5-4) @ Braves (5-4), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:35pm

COL: Jason Hammel (27, RHP, 0-0, 5.14)

ATL: Derek Lowe (37, RHP, 2-0, 4.50)

Mets (3-6) @ Cardinals (6-3), Friday, April 16, 2010, 8:15pm

NYM: Oliver Perez (28, LHP, 0-1, 6.35)

STL: Chris Carpenter (35, RHP, 1-0, 5.73)

Diamondbacks (5-4) @ Padres (3-6), Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:05pm

ARI: Edwin Jackson (26, RHP, 1-1, 5.25)

SDP: Jon Garland (30, RHP, 0-2, 5.40)

Giants (7-2) @ Dodgers (4-5), Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:10pm

SFG: Todd Wellemeyer (31, RHP, 0-1, 5.68)

LAD: Vicente Padilla (32, RHP, 0-1, 11.42)

AL

White Sox (4-6) @ Indians (3-6), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:05pm

CHW: Mark Buehrle (31, LHP, 2-0, 2.40)

CLE: Mitch Talbot (26, RHP, 0-1, 7.20)

Rangers (5-4) @ Yankees (6-3), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:05pm

TEX: C.J. Wilson (29, LHP, 0-0, 0.00)

NYY: CC Sabathia (29, LHP, 1-0, 3.46)

Angels (3-7) @ Blue Jays (7-3), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:07pm

LAA: Jered Weaver (27, RHP, 1-0, 3.00)

TOR: Shaun Marcum (28, RHP, 0-0, 3.46)

Rays (6-3) @ Red Sox (4-5), Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:10pm

TBR: Wade Davis (24, RHP, 0-1, 6.00)

BOS: Josh Beckett (30, RHP, 1-0, 6.17)

Orioles (1-9) @ Athletics (7-4), Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:05pm

BAL: Kevin Millwood (35, RHP, 0-1, 2.13)

OAK: Dallas Braden (26, LHP, 1-0, 2.77)

Royals (4-5) @ Twins (7-3), Friday, April 16, 2010, 8:10pm

KCR: Zack Greinke (26, RHP, 0-1, 3.55)

MIN: Scott Baker (28, RHP, 1-1, 3.86)

Tigers (6-3) @ Mariners (4-6), Friday, April 16, 2010, 10:10pm

DET: Jeremy Bonderman (27, RHP, 1-0, 1.80)

SEA: Felix Hernandez (24, RHP, 0-0, 3.29)

6. Brewers Avoid Sweep

Casey McGehee and Ryan Braun each homered and drove in three runs and Rickie Weeks singled home the go-ahead run in the 7th as the Brewers topped the Cubs, 8-6 to salvage the third game of the three-game set. The Cubs had home runs by Derrek Lee, Marlon Byrd and Aramis Ramirez. Starters Carlos Zambrano and Milwaukee’s Jeff Suppan each allowed four runs in five innings. Trevor Hoffman picked up his 594th career save.

The Cubs have led in each of their first nine games, the first time that has happened since 1945, the year they last went to the World Series (and lost).

7. Series winners

  • The Twins took the first series at their new Target Field topping the Red Sox, 8-0. Francisco Liriano (1-0) looked great, Tim Wakefield (0-1) didn’t. The Red Sox have scored 31 runs in their four wins and 10 runs in their five losses.
  • Robinson Cano had a pair of homers and Curtis Granderson had a pair of triples and the Yanks topped the Angels, 6-2. Phil Hughes (1-0) earned the win, Scott Kazmir (0-1) the loss, and Mariano Rivera (4), the save. The Angels have the baseball world right where they want them. They are now 3-7, their worst start since their 2002 championship season.
  • Tim Hudson (1-0) picked up the win as Jason Heyward drove in two on two doubles and Martin Prado homered as the Braves won 6-2 to take two of three from the San Diego Padres.

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9. I Love Walkoffs

Andre Ethier hit a line drive over the head of drawn-in centerfielder Chris Young driving home the winning run with one down in the 10th as the Dodgers topped the D-Backs, 6-5. Ethier had six walkoffs last season and with his first of this season now has 10 in his career. Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win and Blaine Boyer (1-1) took the loss.

Dan Haren gave up two runs and six hits over 6.1 innings while striking out seven and throwing 121 pitches. Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up three runs (two earned) and 10 hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Justin Upton hit his third homer of the season and Matt Kemp has now homered in four of his last five games and for the third time in his career has homered in three straight games.

Two weeks are in the books and so far, so good.

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