MLB Nine to Know: April 27

  1. Indians still with the best record in the AL after Justin Masterson moved to 5-0, Jack Hannahan homered twice, and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run blast as the Tribe topped the Royals, 9-4. Grady Sizemore went 3 for 4 and hit a two-run homer. Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak to 15 games for the Royals.
  2. Andre Ethier set a major league record for the longest April hitting streak with an RBI double that gave him a hit in 23 straight games and James Loney went 4-for-4 but the Dodgers still went down to defeat against the Florida Marlins, 4-2. The Marlins improved to 7-1 on their nine-game homestand and 15-7 overall, tying the franchise record for best 22-game start. Joe Torre, Ethier’s former manager, hit in 22 straight April games in 1971.
  3. The Rockies have the best record in baseball and last night Todd Helton homered twice for the Rockies and Jorge de la Rosa pitched seven strong innings as Colorado Rockies beat the Cubs, 4-3. Ty Wigginton had three hits including a homer and a double and Troy Tulowitzki added two hits and an RBI double for Colorado. At 16-7, the Rockies have the best 23-game start in team history.  It was the 27th career multihomer game for Helton and his first since Aug. 2007.
  4. Stop the Yankee bats and you stop the Yankees. Paul Konerko hit a two-run 8th inning homer off Rafael Soriano (1-1) and the White Sox sent the Yankees to their first two-game losing streak of the season, 3-2. Utility infielder Brent Lillibridge. came on in the 8th as a pinch-runner, made two spectacular 9th inning catches to preserve the win for Gavin Floyd (3-1). Floyd struck out a season-high 10 in 8+ innings. Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, who have a total of seven hits in the first two games against the Sox.
  5. Zach Britton (4-1) became the first rookie starter in Orioles history to win four games in April as the Orioles topped the Red Sox, 4-1. The Orioles won for just the third time in four games. Clay Buchholz made his longest start of the season lasting 6.2 innings but gave up four runs on 12 hits as the O’s left 11 runners on base. Buchholz is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.
  6. Bill Hall hit a walkoff RBI single as the Houston Astros topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5. Lance Berkman received a nice reception in his first visit back to Houston after spending 12 seasons with the Astros.
  7. The Arizona Diamondbacks ended Roy Oswalt‘s streak of 10 consecutive winning decisions by beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-5. The D-backs defeated the Phils and Cliff Lee, Monday night. Oswalt (3-1) allowed five runs on six hits with no strikeouts and one walk. Daniel Hudson (1-4) allowed 10 hits in six innings, giving up two runs, striking out six with no walks and hit a key two-run double.
  8. The Mets have won five straight after topping the Nationals, 6-4. Josh Thole had three RBI for NY.
  9. From the Bill Chuck Files:
  • The Yankees, Indians and Rangers are the only teams in the AL without double digit losses.
  • The Marlins, Phillies and Rockies are the only NL teams without double digit losses.
  • No team in the AL has 15 wins but the Rockies (16), Marlins (15) and Phillies (15) have reach that mark in the NL.
  • The Indians have a run differential of +30 with a record of 14-8. The Cardinals have a run differential of +30 and are 12-11.
  • The Giants are 11-11 with 90 runs scored and 90 runs allowed.
  • Jose Bautista leads the AL in batting (.362) and homers (8), but is tied for 36th in RBI with 11.