Baseball’s best pitcher, Roy Halladay, lost last night as the Giants topped the Phillies, 5-1. Nobody actually thought that Halladay would go through his first season in the NL undefeated (even if it did cross our collective minds, once or twice), but it was surprising that Doc gave up five runs last night after only giving up four all season coming into the game. Halladay (4-1) allowed 10 hits in seven innings including a home run to back-up catcher Eli Whiteside.
Jonathan Sanchez (2-1) allowed three hits and one run and walked five, he struck out six in six innings for the win.
Ryan Howard went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and walk. Earlier in the day he agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract extension that could keep him with the Phillies until 2017. Howard’s contract is second only Alex Rodriguez’ and the domino effect will make Albert Pujols the wealthiest man who ever lived.
2. You don’t see this very often
King Felix Hernandez lost last night. The Kansas City Royals defeated him and the Seattle Mariners, 3-1. Hernandez (2-1) had won nine consecutive decisions last losing 6-1 to Cleveland last Aug. 23. In seven innings, Hernandez gave up three runs, two earned, with three walks and seven strikeouts. Kyle Davies (2-1) pitched brilliantly for the Royals only allowing a 6th inning infield single to Ichiro. Davies walked three and struck out five and left with a 2-0 lead in six innings of work.
Billy Butler hit a solo homer, his second homer of the season.
Bruce Chen picked up his first career save.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Mariners. They’ve also lost 9 of their last 10 on the road.
3. Marlins Joshing in a Laugher
Josh Johnson (2-1) pitched a three-hit complete game, walking one and striking out a career high 12 as the Marlins topped the Padres, 10-1. Johnson also had three hits and three RBI. Mat Latos (1-2) gave up seven hits and seven runs in 2.2 innings and walked three, doubling his total for the year.
According to ESPN, prior to Johnson, the last pitcher to throw a complete game with 12 strikeouts and have three hits and drive in three runs was Steve Carlton in 1977.
The Marlins tied their season high for runs, while San Diego gave up a season high.
4. Jered Weaves Another Win
Jered Weaver (3-0) allowed one run over six innings and struck out seven in a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Brian Fuentes pitched a hitless 9th for his third save.
Erick Aybar hit his first leadoff homer, Bobby Abreu had a two-run shot and Hideki Matsui singled for his 1,000th hit in the majors. Austin Kearns hit his first home run of the season for Cleveland. The Indians were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 runners.
David Huff (1-3) gave up five runs and 12 hits over 5.1 innings for the loss.
5. On Tap Today
Yankees (Phil Hughes) at Orioles (Kevin Millwood), 7:05
Twins (Francisco Liriano) at Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:05
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) at Blue Jays (Shaun Marcum), 7:07
A’s (Ben Sheets) at Rays (Wade Davis), 7:10
White Sox (Mark Buehrle) at Rangers (C.J. Wilson), 8:05
Mariners (Ian Snell) at Royals (Zack Greinke), 8:10
Indians (Mitch Talbot) at Angels (Joe Saunders), 10:05
Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda and Charlie Haeger) at Mets (Johan Santana and Oliver Perez), DH, 4:10
Padres (Jon Garland) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10
Nationals (Livan Hernandez) at Cubs (Tom Gorzelanny), 8:05
Reds (Aaron Harang) at Astros (Bud Norris), 8:05
Pirates (Jeff Karstens) at Brewers (Randy Wolf), 8:10
Braves (Derek Lowe) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter), 8:15
Diamondbacks (Edwin Jackson) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez), 8:40
Phillies (Jamie Moyer) at Giants (Todd Wellemeyer), 10:15
6. Six for the Braves
Yadier Molina doubled home the go-ahead run in the 8th to give the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 win and sent the Atlanta Braves to their sixth straight defeat. Takashi Saito (0-1) took the loss in relief and Dennys Reyes (2-0) picked up the win. Ryan Franklin finished for his seventh save in seven chances.
Albert Pujols had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals.
Both starters, Tim Hudson and Kyle Lohse allowed three runs in six innings.
7. Football score win for the Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers held the Pirates to just a field goal as they scored two TDs and a field goal of their own in a 17-3 win. Yovani Gallardo (2-2) gave up two runs, none earned, and five hits in six innings, striking out four and walking three. He also drove in three runs for the winners. Zach Duke (2-2) allowed eight earned runs and nine hits in four innings for the losers.
Gregg Zaun matched career highs with four hits and five RBI. Casey McGehee hit a grand slam in a nine-run 8th inning that also included a two-run homer by Alcides Escobar.
It was the seventh straight defeat for Pittsburgh who have lost to the Brewers 22 straight times at Miller Park and are 12-37 against Milwaukee overall since 2007. The Brewers have outscored the Pirates 53-4 in their last four games.
8. Football score win for the Red Sox
“I was just trying to figure out how we were going to win,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters on the scene. “Once we got to 13, we’re trying to figure out, do you go for two?” Turns out all he needed to do was go to Jonathan Papelbon. Pap pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning for his sixth save of the season and the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays, 13-12.
Not a lot of positives for either team in a game that lasted 4 hours and3 minutes — the longest nine-inning game in the majors this season. Blue Jays starter Dana Eveland gave up seven runs in three innings while Sox starter, Josh Beckett, allowed eight runs and nine hits over three innings. Beckett now has the same 7.22 ERA he had last April.
Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer and Lyle Overbay hit a solo homer for Toronto. Jason Varitek went 3 for 5 with a pair of two-run singles and Marco Scutaro was 3 for 5 with a walk and four scored in his first game against his former team.
Scott Schoeneweis (1-0) got one out for the win and Shawn Camp (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 1.2 innings for the loss.
Boston set season highs for runs and hits (18) while Toronto’s 12 runs and 16 hits also were season highs.
9. I Love Walkoffs
You have to be a walkoff fan to enjoy a game that ends with a walk, but that’s what the Cubs did in their 10-inning, 4-3 win over the Nationals. Aramis Ramirez walked with the bases loaded to give the Cubs their fourth straight win. Earlier in the game, Cubs starting pitcher, Carlos Silva also drew a bases loaded walk. Brian Bruney (1-1) took the loss for the Nats.
It was “Carlos Night” on the mound for the Cubs as Silva allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Carlos Zambrano pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his second appearance out of the bullpen. And, Carlos Marmol (1-0) recorded his first win since last June 14 against Minnesota.
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