Daily Roundup, 05/20/12

The Orioles took a 3-0 lead on Stephen Strasburg, looking to sweep the Nats.
-The Nats tied it after Strasburg and Espinosa got on and Bryce Harper tripled them in.
–The Nats would go ahead in the fourth on back to back homers from Jesus Flores (.551 OPS entering the day) and…Strasburg.
—It’s Strasburg’s first career home run.
—-He is now hitting .375/.412/.750 in 17 PAs.
—–Opponents are hitting .214/.274/.292 off him.

Max Scherzer struck out 15 Pirates, the most anyone has recorded in 2012.
-He did it in just seven innings.
–17 Pirates struck out in this one, and at least 12 have struck out in every game of the Tigers series. None of the games went to extra innings, and they even won one.

Derek Lowe has just 15 strikeouts on the whole season.
-He has a 2.15 ERA, just behind Justin Verlander for best in the AL.

Colby Lewis pitched into the ninth and gave up one run.
-He drove in two.

CC Sabathia was cruising through six innings and the Yankees spotted him a 2-0 lead on a Raul Ibanez homer.
-Ibanez now leads the Yankees in RBIs.
–In the very next half inning, Sabathia gave up homers to Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Hanigan.
—After a single and a strikeout, he then walked three straight batters to force in what would turn out to be the winning run.

Seattle swept the Rockies.
-And scored 20 runs in three games! Oh Coors Field.
–Jesus Montero homered to left field. It’s just the second time he’s ever done that in ten career homers.
—Dexter Fowler homered too, his fifth of the year. His career high is six, and it’s not even Memorial Day.

Tim Lincecum’s ERA is over 6.
-He still has just one quality start.

Scott Van Slyke hit his first big league homer.
-On a 3-0 count, while pinch-hitting.

Since joining the AL, Josh Beckett has hit two homers, and they were both in Philadelphia.
-He almost made it a third, to dead center off Cliff Lee.
David Ortiz, glove man.

Jonny Venters loaded the bases in the 8th by hitting back to back batters.
-And then escaped the jam when Luke Scott smashed a ball that hit Carlos Pena running to second.
–Honestly, even if that ball doesn’t hit Pena, I think Uggla gets it. Then again, it is Dan Uggla.

Drew Butera pitched an inning.
-He hit 94 on the radar gun, broke a bat, and got Carlos Gomez to look bad flailing at a changeup.
–Jonathan Lucroy multihomer game.

The Angels intentionally walked Everth Cabrera.
-Everth Cabrera has no hits in 2012.
–Extra inning games in the National League tend to have odd defensive alignments, and this one was no different. When replacement Ryan Langerhans had to leave the game hurt, Mike Scioscia decided to:
—Replace Langerhans with backup catcher John Hester, move catcher Bobby Wilson to first base, move Albert Pujols over to third, move Maicer Izturis from third to second, and move second baseman Howie Kendrick out to left field.
—-Of course, the winning run came when Kendrick (who has played a small amount of outfield before, this wasn’t his first game there) bobbled a ball in the 13th that allowed the winning run to score.

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