CC Sabathia walked two Tigers in 8 innings.
-They were Gerald Laird (on four pitches!) and Danny Worth.
The Dodgers managed just three hits.
-None were by Matt Kemp.
–They won anyway.
According to Fangraphs, Henderson Alvarez has the 9th fastest fastball in the AL.
-He has now pitched 32.1 innings, and has just nine strikeouts.
–Three Jays relievers have more strikeouts with that, and his ninth K today tied him with a fourth, Darren Oliver, who has thrown 7.2 innings and is nearly twice his age.
—Jeff Mathis homered.
—-Chone Figgins leadoff homer!
—–Heck, Miguel Olivo homered too.
—–Olivo, Figgins, and Mathis all have two homers. Albert Pujols still has none.
Zack Greinke went 6 innings and gave up one run despite walking four and striking out just two. He is now 3-1. This is basically the opposite of last year, when he had terrific peripherals but entered the Break with an ERA north of 5.
Derek Lowe threw 7.2 innings of 3-hit shutout ball.
-Ervin Santana is now 0-5, despite giving up no earned runs in 7 innings today.
–The Angels are now 7-15, just a half-game better than Minnesota, KC, and San Diego for the worst record in baseball.
Kyle Kendrick struck out 7 Cubs in 6 innings.
-That matches his career high, when he struck out 7 in 8 innings last August.
–This is just the third start of his career in which he had more strikeouts than innings pitched.
—And one of those he was pulled after allowing six runs in three innings, though he struck out four.
—-Carlos Marmol also threw an inning in this game, and didn’t strike anyone out.
Gavin Floyd no-hit the Red Sox through 6.1.
-Adam Dunn hit a huge homer, his fifth of the year.
–He had 11 all last year.
Chad Durbin threw a 9-pitch 1-2-3 inning.
-Then again, this was against the Pirates.
–Who have still not scored more than five runs in a game.
April ends tomorrow, and Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez are both batting .205.
-And Josh Johnson has a 5.34 ERA.
Bartolo Colon doesn’t know how to win–8.1 strong innings against the Orioles but he got pulled after throwing away a grounder to put the tying run on second.
-Four pitches later the game was tied.
–And then Wilson Betemit hit a walkoff homer. That’s a first for Betemit.
Jamie Moyer struck out 7 in 5 innings.
-The last time he did that was June 1988, against a lineup that included skinny 23 year old leadoff man Barry Bonds.
–Three of Moyer’s teammates from that game (Dawson, Sandberg, Gossage) are in the Hall of Fame. Rafael Palmeiro (in his first full season) was there too.
—The Rockies tied it in the 8th on a Todd Helton pinch-hit Grand Slam.
—-No matter. The Mets took the lead in the 10th and brought in their closer.
—–He blew it too.
——Then the Mets took another lead, and that one held.