MLB Recap 6/15/13

Scott Feldman pitches 7, allowing 1 run, and drives in 2 runs, to help his own cause, as his Cubs beat the Mets 5-2

Scott Feldman pitches 7, allowing 1 run, and drives in 2 runs, to help his own cause, as his Cubs beat the Mets 5-2

CHC (28-38) S. Feldman (6-5, 3.05)  @  NYM (24-39)  J. Niese (3-6, 4.15)

W: S. Feldman (6-5)   L: J. Niese (3-6)   S: K. Gregg (9)

The Cubs down the Mets for the 2nd consecutive game at Citi Field in New York. The Mets have now lost 10 of their last 12 games, and just keep falling farther away in their division. The Cubs have now won their 3rd consecutive game. Scott Feldman pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only 2 hits, 1 run, and added 6 k’s. Kevin Gregg picked up the save in the 9th for the 2nd straight game, for his 9th of the year. Darwin Barney, Cody Ransom, Wellington Castillo, and Ryan Sweeney all picked up 2 hits for the Cubs. Feldman also delivered with the bat, as he opened up the scoring for the Cubs in the 4th, with a 2 run single. Jonathon Niese pitched 5.2 innings for the Mets, picking up his 6th loss, while allowing 2 runs, and striking out 5. The Mets only managed 6 hits off the Cubs pitchers.

Freddie Freeman delivers a bases loaded, walk-off single in the 9th, and the Braves comeback to beat the Giants 6-5.

Freddie Freeman delivers a bases loaded, walk-off single in the 9th, and the Braves comeback to beat the Giants 6-5.

SF (35-32) C. Gaudin (2-1, 2.83)   @  ATL (40-28) M. Minor (8-2, 2.68)

W: C. Kimbrel (2-1)   L: S. Romo (3-3)

The Atlanta Braves win in walk-off fashion. Freddie Freeman delivered a bases loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. Sergio Romo walked Justin Upton with the bases loaded to tie the game at 5, scoring Reed Johnson. The next batter, was Freeman, and he delivered the game-winner. B.J. Upton hit his 7th and 8th homers of the season, while driving in 3 runs (15 RBI). Mike Minor started for the Braves, going 6 innings, giving up all 5 runs, 4 earned, while striking out 7. The bullpen pithched 3 sho=utout innings, and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 2nd win. Chad Gaudin pitched 5 innings for the Giants, allowing 4 runs, on 8 hits, but left with a chance to win his 3rd game. Instead Sergio Romo blew the save, and picked up his 3rd loss in the process.

Mike Carp homers, and John Lackey pitches well, as the Red Sox survive a comeback from the Orioles, win 5-4.

Mike Carp homers, and John Lackey pitches well, as the Red Sox survive a comeback from the Orioles, win 5-4.

BOS (42-28) J. Lackey (4-5, 3.08)   @  BAL (39-30) F. Garcia (3-4, 4.89)

W: J. Lackey (4-5)   L: F. Garcia (3-4)   S: A. Bailey (8)

The Red Sox ended their short skid, and left themselves with a chance to split the 4 game series at Camden Yards. After dropping the first 2 games, and falling behind 2-0 in the 1st inning, John Lackey buckled down after that. Lackey pitched 7 innings, allowing just the 2 runs, and striking out 4 in the process. Mike Carps 8th homer, a 2-run shot to right, evened the game up. Stephen Drew would double in Jonny Gomes to take the lead. They would add 2 more insurance runs, including Gomes’ 4th homer of the season. The 9th inning was shaky for closer Andrew Bailey, as he would give up Matt Weiters’ 9th home run, a 2-run bomb, to pull the game to within 1. Bailey would allow 1 more baserunner, before getting a pop-out from Ryan Flaherty, and pinch-runner Alexi Casilla, was thrown out, as he thought the ball was going to fall in. Instead Bailey picked up his 8th save on the year.

Dodgers celebrate after beating the Pirates 5-3 in 11 innings.

Dodgers celebrate after beating the Pirates 5-3 in 11 innings.

LAD (29-38) C. Kershaw (5-4, 1.84)  @ PIT (40-28) B. Cumpton (0-0, 5.40)

W: P. Moylan (1-0)   L: V. Mazzaro (3-1)   S: B. League (14)

The Dodgers beat the Pirates in 11 innings today. The Pirates came from behind, tying it in the 9th when Travis Snider hit his 3rd home run on the season. Spoiling yet another game for Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, and striking out 8 (tied for 3rd in major’s with 104). Kershaw has a 1.84 ERA (1st in the NL), but still only has a 5-4 record to show for it. Andre Ethier collected 3 hits in the game. Brandon League, who lost his job as the closer, after compiling a 5.76  ERA as the closer, got the save, his 14th, after pitching the 11th. Brandon Cumpton made his major league debut, striking out 5 of the first 6 batters he faced, and holding the Dodgers hitless for the first 3 innings. In the end Cumpton pitched 5 innings, allowing 7 hits, and 3 runs. Juan Uribe drove in the go-ahead run in the top half of the 11th.

Colby Rasmus celebrates after his 2-run, 4th inning home run. Blue Jays beat the Rangers 6-1.

Colby Rasmus celebrates after his 2-run, 4th inning home run. Blue Jays beat the Rangers 6-1.

TOR (31-36) R.A. Dickey (6-8, 4.90)  @  Texas  J. Lindblom (0-2, 5.94)

W: R.A. Dickey (6-8)   L: J. Lindblom (0-2)

Behind the pitching of reigning NL Cy Young winner R. A. Dickey, and the two homers, 1 by Adam Lind (7) in the 1st inning, and the other by Colby Rasmus (12) in the 4th, the Blue Jays were able to beat the Rangers 6-1. The home run by Rasmus was his 2nd in as many games against the Rangers. Dickey pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, but only 1 run. He was relieved by Neil Wagner after loading the bases in the 6th, but got out of the jam. Josh Lindblom gave the Rangers 6 innings, allowing 4 runs, and lost for the 2nd time this season.

Scary moment in this game in the 5th inning, as Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive. Rays still manage to beat the Royals 5-3.

Scary moment in this game in the 5th inning, as Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive. Rays still manage to beat the Royals 5-3.

KC  (32-34) J. Guthrie (7-4, 3.72)   @ TB (36-32) A. Cobb (6-2, 3.01)  

W: A. Torres (2-0)   L: J. Guthrie (7-4)   S: F. Rodney (14)

The biggest moment was also the scariest of the game. Alex Cobb was struck in the head by a 102.4 MPH line drive, off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Cobb was carted off the field, and is listed as sustaining a mild concussion. Cobb had only thrown 78 pitches, and was pitching well. He had pitched 4.1 innings, 2 runs allowed, striking out 3. After watching their best pitcher this season go down, Matt Joyce (14) and Evan Longoria (14) homered to give the Rays the lead for good. Luke Scott (4) also homered in the game. Jeremy Guthrie lost his 4th game this season, allowing 5 runs in 7 innings. Fernando Rodney picked up his 14th save of the season.

Carlos Beltran gets high fives after 1 of his 2 homers in the games, as the Cards beat the Marlins 13-7

Carlos Beltran gets high fives after 1 of his 2 homers in the games, as the Cards beat the Marlins 13-7

STL (44-24) L. Lynn (9-1, 3.56)  @  Miami (20-47) T. Koehler (0-5, 5.09)  

W: L. Lynn (9-1)   L: T. Koehler (0-5)

This game was a very high scoring one. The teams combined for 20 runs, and 4 home runs. 2 of the home runs were hit by Carlos Beltran (16), including his 350th career homer. He hit the home runs from both sides of the plate for the 11th time in his career, and it was his 2nd multi-homer game of the season. Lance Lynn improved to 9-1 on the season (tied for 2nd in wins in the majors), even though he allowed a career high 7 earned runs over 5 innings. He did drive in 2 runs himself. David Freese also homered for the Cards, his 4th of the year. Tom Koehler had a start to forget, giving up 9 runs over 4.2 innings.

Gallardo pitches 6 scoreless, and the Brewers shutout the Reds 6-0.

Gallardo pitches 6 scoreless, and the Brewers shutout the Reds 6-0.

MIL (28-39) Y. Gallardo (6-6, 4.41)  @  CIN (41-28) H. Bailey (4-5, 3.80)

W: Y. Gallardo (6-6)   L: H. Bailey (4-5)

The Brewers got a great pitching performance out of Yovani Gallardo. He gave them 6 shutout innings, of 3 hit ball, k’ing 5. The bullpen also pitched 3 innings of shutout ball, and the Brewers picked up their 1st shutout of the season. The Brewers got a home run from Juan Francisco (6). Homer Bailey got roughed up in his start, allowing 6 runs in 7 innings. Gallardo became the 3rd pitcher in Brewers history to eclipse the 1,000 strikeout mark.

Rockies hit for cycle (double, single, triple, homer, in 4 consecutive batters in the 1st, beat Phillies 10-5.

Rockies hit for cycle (double, single, triple, homer, in 4 consecutive batters in the 1st, beat Phillies 10-5.

PHI (33-36) J. Pettibone (3-3, 4.40)  @  COL (36-33) T. Chatwood (4-1, 2.33)

W: T. Chatwood (4-1)   L: J. Pettibone (3-3)

The Rockies exploded for a 6 run 1st inning, and never looked back after that. Tyler Chatwood gave the Rockies a good start, 5 innings, and 2 runs allowed. The offense came together. Carlos Gonzalez picked up 2 doubles (16), and Tyler Colvin hit a 2 run homer (3) in the 6 run 1st. For the Phils, Ryan Howard picked up 2 doubles (18), and John Mayberry Jr. picked up his 5th homer of the season in the loss. Jonathan Pettibone was roughed up giving up 10 hits, 7 runs, in 3 innings.

Houston downs the White Sox 4-3 behind 2 homers.

Houston downs the White Sox 4-3 behind 2 homers.

CHW (28-37) J. Danks (1-3, 4.50)  @  HOU (25-44) L. Harrell (5-7, 4.48)

W: L. Harrell (5-7)   L: J. Danks (1-3)   S: J. Veras (13)

Two homers, Jason Castro (9) and Chris Carter (14), and a strong pitching performance by Lucas Harrell, 6.2 innings, 7 hits, 3 earned, 7 k’s, led the Astros to the victory over the White Sox. The game had quite an interesting end to it, as Jose Veras picked off Jordan Danks at 2nd base to end the game. John Danks pitched 6 innings, let in 4 runs, and struck out 5.

King felix continues his dominance, pitching 7 scoreless as the Mariners beat the A's 4-0.

King felix continues his dominance, pitching 7 scoreless as the Mariners beat the A’s 4-0.

SEA (31-38) F. Hernandez (8-4, 2.32)  @  OAK (41-29) A. Griffin (5-6, 3.93)

W: F. Hernandez (8-4)   L: A. Griffin (5-6)

There was not a lot of action in this game. Felix Hernandez dominated the A’s lineup, 7 innings, 5 hits, 8 k’s. Henry Blanco provided all the offense for the M’s as he belted a grand slam in the 6th inning. Not bad for his first game with the Mariners. A.J. Griffin pitched 6 innings, and gave up the grand slam to Blanco.

Birthday boy Trevor Plouffe, homers, and his Twins win 6-3 over the Tigers.

Birthday boy Trevor Plouffe, homers, and his Twins win 6-3 over the Tigers.

DET (37-29) A. Sanchez (6-5, 2.76)  @ MIN (30-35) S. Deduno (3-1, 3.26)

W: S. Deduno (3-1)   L: D. Downs (0-2)   S: G. Perkins (16)

Trevor Plouffe turned 27 today, and returned from the DL. He still was the player of the game, going 3-3, with a home run (5) and 3 RBI. Samuel Deduno had a quality start, going for 7 innings, 2 runs, and 2 k’s. Anibal Sanchez only went for 3.2 innings, due to a pitch count resulting from a sore shoulder from is last start. He still only allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. That was a nice birthday present for Plouffe.

Anthony Rendon gets a second chance, and delivers the game-winning homer in the 9th.

Anthony Rendon gets a second chance, and delivers the game-winning, first career homer in the 9th.

WAS (34-33) J. Zimmerman (9-3, 2.44)  @  CLE (33-34) S. Kazmir (3-4, 5.89)

W: D. Storen (1-1)   L: V. Pestano (1-2)   S: R. Soriano (18)

The Indians fought all the way back from down 5-0, to take the lead, 6-5, only to lose 7-6. The Nats belted 5 homers (A. Rendon (1), R. Zimmerman (8), J. Werth (6), I. Desmond (9), and C. Tracy (2)). Tracy belted his in the 8th to tie the game up at 6. In the 9th, Vinny Pestano got the first 2 outs, and had the 3rd out, only to watch Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis let it fall right between them in foul territory. That would give Rendon another chance, and he would deliver his first career homer. That would prove to be the game winner. Mark Reynolds (14) and Carlos Santana (9) hit homers for the Indians. Jordan Zimmerman struggled, in his attempt to be the 2nd pitcher to 10 wins. He gave up 6 runs over 5 innings.

Albert Pujols drives in 2, as does Aybar, as Angels beat Yanks, 6-2

Albert Pujols drives in 2, as does Aybar, as Angels beat Yanks, 6-2

NYY (37-31) D. Phelps (4-4, 4.08)  @  LAA (30-38) T. Hanson (4-2, 3.94)

W: T. Hanson (4-2)   L: D. Phelps (4-4)

Angels win their 3rd straight, and the Yankees lose their 5th straight. Erick Aybar hits his 2nd homer of the season, and Albert Pujols drives in 2 runs, and that was enough for Tommy Hanson. Hanson pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 2 runs, with 8 k’s. The Yankees stole 4 bases, but just couldn’t manage to drive in the runs. David Phelps pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs. Yankees are moving in the wrond direction, and the Angels are finally starting to string together some wins.

Jason Marquis improves to 9-2 as the Padres beat the D'Backs 6-4.

Jason Marquis improves to 9-2 as the Padres beat the D’Backs 6-4.

ARZ (37-30) W. Miley (4-6, 4.64)  @ SD (34-34) J. Marquis (9-2, 3.63)

W: J. Marquis (9-2)   L: W. Miley (4-6)   S: H. Street (12)

Jason Marquis keeps pitching great this season. He picked up his 9th win of the season (tied for 2nd in the majors). Marquis pitched 6.2 innings, allowing 3 hits, and 3 runs. Everth Cabrera picked up his 31st stolen base, tying him with Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury for the major league lead. The D’Backs led 3-0, until the Padres exploded for 5 runs in the 4th inning, including Yasmani Grandal’s 1st homer of the season, a 3 run shot. Marquis has not lost since April 22, and is 8-0 in his last 10 starts. The Padres pulled to .500 for the first time since April 10. Narrowing the NL West even more. 4 teams within 3 games of the division lead.

Matt Rea – Multi-Sport Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

 

American League
East W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Boston 42 28 .600 6-4 W1 21-14 21-14 6/15 @ BAL, W 5-4 6/16 @ BAL, 1:35 PM
Baltimore 39 30 .565 2.5 +0.5 6-4 L1 19-15 20-15 6/15 vs BOS, L 4-5 6/16 vs BOS, 1:35 PM
NY Yankees 37 31 .544 4.0 1.0 4-6 L5 19-13 18-18 6/15 @ LAA, L 2-6 6/16 @ LAA, 3:35 PM
Tampa Bay 36 32 .529 5.0 2.0 4-6 W1 21-15 15-17 6/15 vs KC, W 5-3 6/16 vs KC, 1:40 PM
Toronto 31 36 .463 9.5 6.5 7-3 W4 16-17 15-19 6/15 @ TEX, W 6-1 6/16 @ TEX, 3:05 PM
Central W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Detroit 37 29 .561 6-4 L1 22-10 15-19 6/15 @ MIN, L 3-6 6/16 @ MIN, 2:10 PM
Cleveland 33 34 .493 4.5 4.5 3-7 L1 19-13 14-21 6/15 vs WSH, L 6-7 6/16 vs WSH, 1:05 PM
Kansas City 32 34 .485 5.0 5.0 8-2 L1 17-16 15-18 6/15 @ TB, L 3-5 6/16 @ TB, 1:40 PM
Minnesota 30 35 .462 6.5 6.5 4-6 W1 16-16 14-19 6/15 vs DET, W 6-3 6/16 vs DET, 2:10 PM
Chi White Sox 28 37 .431 8.5 8.5 4-6 L3 16-14 12-23 6/15 @ HOU, L 3-4 6/16 @ HOU, 2:10 PM
West W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Oakland 41 29 .586 6-4 L2 21-12 20-17 6/15 vs SEA, L 0-4 6/16 vs SEA, 4:05 PM
Texas 38 30 .559 2.0 2-8 L5 19-13 19-17 6/15 vs TOR, L 1-6 6/16 vs TOR, 3:05 PM
Seattle 31 38 .449 9.5 7.5 5-5 W2 18-17 13-21 6/15 @ OAK, W 4-0 6/16 @ OAK, 4:05 PM
LA Angels 30 38 .441 10.0 8.0 5-5 W3 17-18 13-20 6/15 vs NYY, W 6-2 6/16 vs NYY, 3:35 PM
Houston 25 44 .362 15.5 13.5 4-6 W3 12-23 13-21 6/15 vs CWS, W 4-3 6/16 vs CWS, 2:10 PM

 

National League
East W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Atlanta 40 28 .588 4-6 W1 22-8 18-20 6/15 vs SF, W 6-5 6/16 vs SF, 8:05 PM
Washington 34 33 .507 5.5 5.5 6-4 W1 18-13 16-20 6/15 @ CLE, W 7-6 6/16 @ CLE, 1:05 PM
Philadelphia 33 36 .478 7.5 7.5 4-6 L1 16-15 17-21 6/15 @ COL, L 5-10 6/16 @ COL, 4:10 PM
NY Mets 24 39 .381 13.5 13.5 2-8 L3 13-23 11-16 6/15 vs CHC, L 2-5 6/16 vs CHC, 1:10 PM
Miami 20 47 .299 19.5 19.5 4-6 L1 12-23 8-24 6/15 vs STL, L 7-13 6/16 vs STL, 1:10 PM
Central W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
St. Louis 44 24 .647 6-4 W1 19-12 25-12 6/15 @ MIA, W 13-7 6/16 @ MIA, 1:10 PM
Cincinnati 41 28 .594 3.5 +0.5 5-5 L1 23-12 18-16 6/15 vs MIL, L 0-6 6/16 vs MIL, 1:10 PM
Pittsburgh 40 28 .588 4.0 5-5 L1 24-13 16-15 6/15 vs LAD, L 3-5 6/16 vs LAD, 1:35 PM
Chi Cubs 28 38 .424 15.0 11.0 5-5 W3 15-21 13-17 6/15 @ NYM, W 5-2 6/16 @ NYM, 1:10 PM
Milwaukee 28 39 .418 15.5 11.5 6-4 W1 16-20 12-19 6/15 @ CIN, W 6-0 6/16 @ CIN, 1:10 PM
West W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Arizona 37 31 .544 4-6 L2 17-14 20-17 6/15 @ SD, L 4-6 6/16 @ SD, 4:10 PM
San Francisco 35 32 .522 1.5 4.5 5-5 L1 21-11 14-21 6/15 @ ATL, L 5-6 6/16 @ ATL, 8:05 PM
Colorado 36 33 .522 1.5 4.5 5-5 W1 22-17 14-16 6/15 vs PHI, W 10-5 6/16 vs PHI, 4:10 PM
San Diego 34 34 .500 3.0 6.0 8-2 W5 21-14 13-20 6/15 vs ARI, W 6-4 6/16 vs ARI, 4:10 PM
LA Dodgers 29 38 .433 7.5 10.5 4-6 W1 19-20 10-18 6/15 @ PIT, W 5-3 6/16 @ PIT, 1:35 PM

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