1. Lincecum Ubalded
Ubaldo Jimenez (10-1) pitched a four-hitter outpitching Tim Lincecum to lead Colorado past the San Francisco Giants, 4-0. Ubaldo lowered his ERA to 0.78. He extended his career-best scoreless innings streak to 26. He pitched his fourth career complete game, second career shutout and second this year. Jimenez became the 15th pitcher since 1952 to win 10 or more games by June 1, with Brandon Webb the last to do it in 2008. Jimenez walked two, struck out nine and threw 128 pitches, 80 for strikes.
Lincecum (5-2), making his 100th start, walked five for the fourth straight start and the Giants had their four-game winning streak snapped. Lincecum lost back-to-back starts for just the fourth time in his career.
By the way, the over/under for this game was 4½ runs.
2. It’s a Braves new month
The Atlanta Braves have moved into first-place in the NL East thanks to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies. The Braves, winners of six straight, are one-half game ahead of Philadelphia, which has dropped two straight and nine of 13. The Braves are 16-4 since May 10 and have made up 7.5 games in the division since May 17, when they were in last place. Atlanta hasn’t held first place in the NL East this late in a season since they won the last of 14 straight division titles in 2005.
Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus homered to back Tommy Hanson (5-3).
The Phillies fell to 3-7 in their last 10 games while the Braves have won 11 of 13.
3. Padres set Petco record
Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a grand slam and the San Diego Padres set the scoring record for Petco Park defeating the Mets, 18-6. The previous scoring mark was set by the Padres in a 17-2 win over Atlanta in their home opener on April 12. Petco Park opened in 2004.
In his third start for the Mets, Hisanori Takahashi (4-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in four innings. Takahashi had thrown six scoreless innings in each of his first two starts.
The Padres went 4 for 7 with two walks and 12 RBI with the bases loaded.
4. The Strasburg Countdown
June 8 is the date.
The 21-year-old Stephen Strasburg will make his major league debut against Pittsburgh on June 8 at Nationals Park. As of 9 p.m. Sunday night, no seats appeared to be available via the Nationals’ website.
The right-hander is first scheduled to start for Triple-A Syracuse at Buffalo on Thursday. General manager Mike Rizzo told mlb.com that he will throw six innings, or 95 pitches.
A’s 4, Tigers 1, Justin Verlander (5-4) lost his second straight.
Yankees 11, Indians 2, A-Rod hits a granny. Andy Pettitte moves to 7-1.
Angels 7, Royals 1, Angels have beaten KC, 10 of the last 11 games.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2, Brandon Morrow improved to 4-0 in his last four starts. Matt Garza is now winless in five starts.
Twins 5, Mariners 4, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young homer for the Twins
Braves 9, Phillies 3
Marlins 13, Brewers 5, Cameron Maybin hit an inside-the-park homer, the 15th in Marlins history
Pirates 2, Cubs 1, the Pirates were 6-1 in May against the Cubs, 5-17 against the rest of the NL.
Nationals 14, Astros 4, Roy Oswalt (3-7) ejected and dejected.
Rockies 4, Giants 0
Cardinals 12, Reds 4, the two teams are tied for first in the NL Central.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4 – Manny B Manny hit his 550th career homer.
Padres 18, Mets 6
Indians (Jake Westbrook) at Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman), 7:05
Orioles (Brian Matusz) at Yankees (Javier Vazquez), 7:05
Rays (Jeff Niemann) at Blue Jays (Brian Tallet), 7:07
A’s (Gio Gonzalez) at Red Sox (John Lackey), 7:10
Rangers (Rich Harden) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle), 8:10
Angels (Joel Pineiro) at Royals (Brian Bannister), 8:10
Twins (Nick Blackburn) at Mariners (Jason Vargas), 10:10
Cubs (Ted Lilly) at Pirates (Jeff Karstens), 7:05
Phillies (Cole Hamels) at Braves (Tim Hudson), 7:10
Brewers (David Bush) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco), 7:10
Nationals (Craig Stammen) at Astros (Brett Myers), 8:05
Reds (Johnny Cueto) at Cardinals (P.J. Walters), 8:15
Mets (Mike Pelfrey) at Padres (Wade LeBlanc), 10:05
Diamondbacks (Dan Haren) at Dodgers (John Ely), 10:10
Rockies (Jason Hammel) at Giants (Barry Zito), 10:15
7. Video of the Day
“If you go away, you can have my pork chop.”
8. The White Caps
Baseball does a great job on big holidays, in honoring America, our servicemen, and just about everything else. However, they seemed to have reached a new fashion low with the white caps that players wore this Memorial Day. Last year, the teams (even the Yankees) wore red and, in retrospect, the white cap made the red cap looked great.
The special-edition two-tone caps (the red or blue brim only made it uglier) with the star-spangled team logo will be also be worn by players for games played on July 4th and September 11, 2010.
The good news about the bad caps is that they are designed to raise awareness for the Welcome Back Veterans which is an initiative launched by Major League Baseball and the McCormick Foundation to raise public awareness about issues facing today’s veterans, and to raise funds to support programs and services that these returning soldiers need to repair and restore their lives. The caps are on sale now at the MLB.com shop for $36.99.
Here is a suggestion, if you want to support Welcome Back Veterans, which is a terrific organization, here’s where you can make a donation. Or, if you are looking for a win-win, buy the cap and then donate it to your favorite local ice cream vendor and then everyone will be happy. http://web.welcomebackveterans.org/
9. I Love Balkoffs?
Okay, we know I love walkoffs which means I can’t be selective of the style in which the walkoff takes place. Last night, a balk by Esmerling Vasquez (0-1) allowed Casey Blake to score the winning run to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Arizona. The Dodgers trailed in this game, 4-0. Jonathan Broxton (3-0) pitched the 9th to earn the victory
It was the first walk-off balk in the majors since Taylor Buchholz gave one up to the Braves in 2008. The last time the Dodgers won on a walk-off balk was May 28, 1989 when Roger McDowell of the Mets balked in the 12th-inning.
The last-place Diamondbacks have now lost a season-high eight in a row.