Josh Hamilton stole a base.
-And Ramon Santiago tripled.
–In a game featuring two of the best offenses in baseball, the winning run came on a suicide squeeze with the bases loaded. Of course, it really should have been called foul.
—After that play, the Rangers still had bases loaded no one out. They didn’t score.
—-Robbie Ross is (among many others) your Major League wins leader, with three. He’s a reliever.
The Pirates lost 5-1. They have still not scored or allowed more than five runs in a game.
-The NL record is 16 such games to open a season, set by (who else?) the Pirates in 1965 (h/t to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell). That team went 6-10 to open the year. This year’s Pirates are now 6-9 with a shot at tying that mark tomorrow.
–Erik Bedard becomes the first man to four losses, going 0-4 despite a 2.62 ERA.
The Rays led 2-0 before they had any hits.
-They scored those two runs on a pair of sac flies. They had the bases loaded no one out in the third on a five pitch walk around a called strike, a four pitch walk, and a hit batsman.
–That batter was hit on a 1-1 count, after a foul bunt attempt. That means they loaded the bases without really swinging the bat.
The Astros beat the Dodgers 12-0.
-Matt Kemp was held hitless.
–Kemp was lifted in the sixth for Tony Gwynn, Jr. Gwynn doubled in his first plate appearance.
—Jordan Schafer (and his career .307 slugging) hit a grand slam.
—-To repeat, the Astros beat the Dodgers 12-0.
The Braves intentionally walked John McDonald.
-John McDonald is 37 years old, and is a career .237/.274(!)/.327 hitter. There is no active player with 2000 PAs with a lower OBP than John McDonald. Hitting 8th in the NL is fun.
–That IBB loaded the bases for pitcher Ian Kennedy. Who was promptly walked on four pitches.
—And then Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam. Gerardo Parra has more career triples than home runs, and has never hit as many as 9 homers in a season.
Brett Lawrie stole home.
-Sort of. He was on the front end of a double steal.
–With JP Arencibia!
—Granted, Arencibia would have been out by 15 feet had the throw not immediately come back home to try to get Lawrie.
—-That’s ten losses in a row for the Royals, the last nine at home. They still have no wins in Kansas City this season. Tomorrow is their last home game until May.
Albert Pujols with another 0-fer. His OBP is down to an even .300.
-The Angels are in last place.
Speaking of last place, the Phillies are there too.
-After losing their second straight to the Padres.
–Prior to yesterday, the last time the Phillies lost a game at Petco was 2008. This was their first series loss there since July 2006, and just the second time they dropped a series in San Diego since Petco opened.
Also in last place? The Red Sox.
-Who have a bullpen ERA of 8.44. The pen has allowed 40 earned runs. The starting staff, which has pitched roughly twice the innings, has allowed 52 earned runs.
–In save situations, Boston pitchers have a 20.25 ERA and 3.00 WHIP.