By Matt Snyder
Trevor Cahill, A's. Oakland started 1-4 and was quickly digging itself a nice little hole behind the surging Rangers, so a win was rather important here -- not paramount being game No. 6 and all, but you hate to fall too far behind early, y'know? The ace of the talented staff came through by cruising against the strong Blue Jays' offense -- albeit one missing Jose Bautista. Cahill was efficient enough to get through eight innings on 105 pitches, striking out seven and walking zero. He only let three guys on base and one runner to cross the plate. Fortunately for him, it wasn't wasted as the A's pieced together two runs in the eighth and held on for a 2-1 victory.
Edwin Jackson, White Sox. Granted he was facing the most anemic offense of the early-going, but Jackson still struck out 13 hitters and found a way to last eight innings in doing so. That's a feat in how effective he was in helping the White Sox move to 4-2. He's now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA after two starts.
Esmil Rogers, Rockies. It was supposed to be Ubaldo Jimenez's turn in the rotation, so Rogers figured he'd just do his best imitation. He worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up just four hits, one earned run and one walk against seven strikeouts. Most impressive was that from the second inning until the last batter he faced -- Ronny Cedeno, who singled with one out in the eighth -- Rogers allowed just one baserunner. That's right, he retired 19 of 20 batters during that span. That is straight dealing .
Darnell McDonald, Red Sox. C'mon, really? You get inserted as a pinch-runner and make a baserunning gaffe to end the game? Not only that, it was completely unforgivable. A ball off J.D. Drew's bat caromed off pitcher Chris Perez and squirted toward third base. For some reason, McDonald seemed to think he could make it to third after Adam Everett picked up the ball. McDonald then threw on the brakes and tried to get back to second but was nailed to end the game. There were two outs, so a runner with McDonald's speed would easily score on a single from second and has no business taking a risk to get to third. If there was one out and he wanted a sacrifice fly in play it would be at least somewhat understandable. With two outs, though, that was an unnecessary risk. One you could argue only happened because the team hasn't won yet (meaning a feeling of desperation caused the mental meltdown).
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates. He was 0-4 with two strikeouts and an error. That's now 10 strikeouts in 30 at-bats with no walks. His OBP is down to .200. What should be Alvarez's biggest redeeming quality isn't yet showing through, either, as he has zero home runs and only one extra-base hit. He's only 24, though, and it's only seven games. Just a rough start.
Jonathon Niese, Mets. I love the seven strikeouts in four innings. The eight hits and six runs against a Phillies' lineup missing Chase Utley? Not so much. This was coming off a disastrous outing by Mike Pelfrey, too, meaning the bullpen had to throw 10 innings in the past two games. A long outing by R.A. Dickey Friday against the Nats would help ease the burden there.
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3 up, 3 down for 4/7: In Trevor they trust
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:36 am