1. Ubaldo, Mebaldo, Everybody Should be Baldo!
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a career-high 13, to become the first six-game winner in the majors this season as he led the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Jimenez (6-0) allowed the Padres one run and four hits in seven innings and walked two as his ERA rose from a major league-leading 0.79 to 0.87 as his scoreless innings streak ended at 25.1.
San Diego loser Kevin Correia (4-2) had his four-game winning streak stopped allowing three runs and four hits in six-plus innings, striking out four and walking two.
Ubaldo also had an RBI single.
2. Brett Trying To Be Like Ubaldo
Brett Cecil had a perfect game going into the 7th and ended up giving one hit in eight innings, striking out a career-high 10 as his Blue Jays topped the Indians, 5-1. Cecil (2-1) is the third Toronto pitcher to take a no-no into the 7th inning this year but the only no-hitter of the season belongs to Ubaldo on April 17.
Cecil walked Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the 7th and with two down Jhonny Peralta ruined the no-hitter and shutout with an RBI single.
The Blue Jays now have 13 homers in their last six games and an AL-leading 41, after Jose Bautista‘s two-run homer, Travis Snider’s fourth of the year and John Buck’s fourth all off Mitch Talbot (3-2). Buck is 9 for 15 (.600) with four homers and eight RBIs in his last four starts.
The crowd of 10,117 was the second lowest of the season in Cleveland and in the history of Progressive Field.
3. Even CC Wants To Be Like Ubaldo
CC Sabathia allowed only a Matt Wieters homer as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 4-1. Sabathia (4-1) pitched eight innings and gave up six hits while improving his record against Baltimore to 11-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 16 career starts.
Jeremy Guthrie (0-4) took the loss for Baltimore giving up a three-run homer to Randy Winn. Winn had not homered since April 25, 2009, for San Francisco at Arizona, a span of 490 at-bats.
Joba Chamberlain picked up his first save because Mariano Rivera was unavailable due to stiffness in his left side. Jorge Posada left the game and an MRI revealed a mild strain of his calf, and the Yankees said he was day to day.
Nick Swisher went 3 for 3.
4. Peavy Finally Pitching Like Ubaldo
Jake Peavy pitched seven-plus shutout innings as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals, 5-1. Peavy (1-2) struck out a season-high nine batters and didn’t allow a hit until Mitch Maier singled with two outs in the 5th. Peavy, who allowed just four hits, was 0-2 with a 7.85 ERA in five starts in April. He lowered his ERA to 6.31.
Royals’ starter Gil Meche (0-3) allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings and lowered his ERA from 10.13 to 9.89.
Alex Rios had three hits and two RBI while Alexei Ramirez hit a solo home run and Andruw Jones had two hits and two RBI.
Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup with a sore hamstring.
5. Who Will Pitch Like Ubaldo Tonight?
Blue Jays (Ricky Romero) at Indians (Jake Westbrook), 7:05
Orioles (Brian Matusz) at Yankees (A.J. Burnett), 7:05
Angels (Ervin Santana) at Red Sox (Jon Lester), 7:10
Royals (Luke Hochevar) at White Sox (Gavin Floyd), 8:10
Tigers (Dontrelle Willis) at Twins (Nick Blackburn), 8:10
Rangers (Scott Feldman) at A’s (Vin Mazzaro), 10:05
Rays (James Shields) at Mariners (Jason Vargas), 10:10
Braves (Kenshin Kawakami) at Nationals (Livan Hernandez), 7:05
Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) at Phillies (Cole Hamels), 7:05
Cubs (Ryan Dempster) at Pirates (Paul Maholm), 7:05
Mets (John Maine) at Reds (Bronson Arroyo), 7:10
Giants (Tim Lincecum) at Marlins (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10
Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy) at Astros (Roy Oswalt), 8:05
Rockies (Greg Smith) at Padres (Wade LeBlanc), 10:05
Brewers (Chris Narveson) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:10
6. The Power of Billy-Ball.com
All it took was a posting last evening on Billy-Ball that showed the tenuous state of the Red Sox and the Sox responded with a 17-8 rout of the Angels. The on-field power came from a Dustin Pedroia three-run blast, the first homers of the season from Bill Hall and Adrian Beltre, both two-run shots, and a solo shot from Kevin Youkilis.
Clay Buchholz (3-2) was the winner despite allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. It was the first time in five starts he’s given up more than three earned runs. Joe Saunders (1-5) allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings and is the first pitcher in the AL to lose five games this season.
The Sox had 20 hits and 11 went for extra-bases as Mike Lowell went 4 for 4 with four RBI and three doubles, and J.D. Drew had four hits and drove in three runs.
7. Postseason Preview?
There are not a lot of really good teams in the NL but two of them faced off last night as the NL Central leader prevailed over the NL East leader. Jaime Garcia allowed one run in six innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Garcia (3-1) gave up three hits and struck out six and has now pitched at least six innings in all five of his starts and allowed one earned run or less in four of them.
The key blow of the game was a pinch-hit home run by Nick Stavinoha leading off the 7th against Joe Blanton (0-1). David Freese had three RBI on a bases-loaded double.
Jayson Werth homered for the Phillies and has reached base in all 25 games this season. Chase Utley homered in the 9th before Ryan Franklin came in to get the last two outs.
Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless 9th for the Phillies. Phillies reliever Ryan Madson will have surgery today on the right toe he broke when he kicked a chair after blowing a save.
Minnesota catcher Wilson Ramos had three more hits as the Twins topped the Tigers, 10-4. Michael Cuddyer added a three-run homer to end the Tiger winning streak at five.
Ramos is replacing the injured Joe Mauer and now has seven hits in his first two games. That’s the most hits in the first two games to start a career since Nanny Fernandez had seven for the 1942 Braves. He had two doubles and his first MLB ribbie and is now 7 for 9.
Scott Baker (3-2) picked up the win and allowed three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Detroit starter/loser Max Scherzer (1-2) gave up 10 runs and eight hits with four walks in 4.1 innings.
Rookie Austin Jackson continued his great start with three hits to raise his average to .377.
Orlando Hudson extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
9. I Love Walkoffs
Laynce Nix pinch-hit a homer with one down in the bottom of the 11th to give the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. It pinned the loss on Manny Acosta (1-1) and gave Nix his first ever walkoff. “That’s the best!” Nix told gathered reporters after getting pummeled at home plate.
Nick Masset (3-1) pitched the last two innings for the win.
Drew Stubbs also homered for the Reds leading off the 1st against Oliver Perez.
By the way, we are rooting for Cincy starter Mike Leake, who continues to impress as he went directly from Arizona State directly to the majors, without stopping in the minors and collecting $200. Leake (2-0) gave up four hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.94.
The Reds are now 3-0 in extra innings. Eight of their 11 wins have come in their final at-bat.